Tokyo Institute to Build Offshore Algae Farms

Green Car Congress reports, via The Nikkei, that Tokyo Institute of Technology, Takenaka Corp. and other partners are planning to build an offshore pilot plant to grow algae for use in biofuel production…

NRC Proposes Committee for Algal Biofuels

The National Research Council has proposed to the National Academies to appoint a committee to examine the promise of sustainable development of algal biofuels, identify potential concerns, unforeseen…

Algae Growth Sensor Developed at Texas A&M

According to Texas A&M University’s Robert Burns, writing in the Western Farm Press, Texas AgriLife Research engineer Dr. Alex Thomasson has developed an optical-electronic sensor…

HR Bill Gets ABO Support

A biofuels-related bill recently introduced into the House by Rep. Inslee (D-Wash) is a positive one for the algae-based biofuels industry, according to the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO)…

2010—The Year in Algae

2010—The Year in Algae

When we considered running a look at the year’s highlights in the algae world, we decided to go right to the experts and see what was on their minds over this past year. It’s pretty easy to do this in the Internet Age…

Algae Producer Martek to be Acquired by DSM

Algae Producer Martek to be Acquired by DSM

Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Martek Biosciences Corporation have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which DSM…

Fisher Speaks to BioCentric Situation

The buzz from the recent BioCentric Energy meltdown, which is quickly making the rounds on internet investment sites, has been kicked up another notch as Dennis Fisher, BioCentric founder, gave his…

NAA Applauds Passage of Tax Relief, Job Creation Act

The president’s signing of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 includes an extension of the biodiesel tax incentive that expired last year…

Bye Bye BioCentric?

The mysterious case of BioCentric Energy continues with a “Public Notice” that was recently posted on the home page of the BioCentric website reading: “On 12/10/2010, BioCentric Energy President…

Cellana Algae Consortium Adds Another Partner

Cornell University researchers have joined Kailua Kona, Hawaii-based algal biofuel research company Cellana, along with Duke University, San Francisco State University, the University of Hawaii…

Synthetic Life Needs More Oversight, Commission Says

In a story published by Bloomberg this week, David Olmos reports that the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has issued a recommendation that biofuels, vaccines and products…

Voraxial® Separators

Voraxial® Separators

Enviro Voraxial Technology, Inc. is now filling orders for their high efficiency Voraxial® separators, used for separating oils extracted from plant material or algae. The Voraxial configuration is a unique, patented, in-line, continuous processing separator…

A.I.M. Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Greg Mitchell

A.I.M. Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Greg Mitchell

Dr. B. Greg Mitchell is a research biologist and senior lecturer at the University of California San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. An avid surfer, Greg credits the gnarly waves of…

Abundance Food

Abundance Food

Industrial agriculture produces fossil foods that break the nutrient cycle and force farmers to apply a new set of chemical fertilizers each year. The break wastes roughly half of the expensive fossil nutrients applied…

Thawer Ashcroft Crowne Alliance with Algepower

Thawer Ashcroft Crowne Alliance with Algepower

Thawer Ashcroft Crowne & Co. recently announced a financial backing agreement with Algepower, Inc. in the form of offering investment collateral to the backend structure of Algepower’s business plan…

Renewable Energy Export Initiative Launched

US Energy Secretary Steven Chu has joined seven other U.S. Government agencies in launching the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative, a coordinated effort to…

Viral Genetics Launches VG Energy

The pharmaceutical developer Viral Genetics, Inc. has launched a subsidiary called VG Energy, Inc. to market the company’s algae-enhancing technology, which VG claims…

Algae Highlights from Around the World

Australian scientists are claiming the world’s best production rates of oil from algae grown in open saline ponds, following a joint $3.3 million project led by Murdoch University…

DOE Forms Energy Efficiency and Renewables Committee

United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu welcomed 20 members of the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee (ERAC) to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters recently for the…

Bebout Patents Marlstone CO2 Process for Algae Growth

A report from the Savannah (GA) News, states that after more than 4 years of research, Bebout and Associates has patented a process for growing algae for biofuels that promises faster growth rates…

OriginOil to Help Build New Algae Center in NM

OriginOil has announced that it has been selected by Sustainable Resources, Inc. (SRI) to help build and deploy a new Advanced Algae Center devoted to algae commercialization. The Center will be located…

ABO Publishes Descriptive Language Guidelines for Algae Industry

In an effort intended to remove confusion and increase cohesion among experts evaluating algae technology, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) has released its “Algal Industry Minimum Descriptive…

AFA to Acquire Sustainable Agro Biotech of Puerto Rico

Alternative Fuels Americas, Inc. (AFA), a “seed to pump” company developing above ground oil fields through the planting of high yield crops, has announced that it will be acquiring Sustainable Agro Biotech…