Algae 101 Part 28

Algae 101 Part 28

Every few months, a new study argues for or against algae biofuels. The issues each article brings forward are worth thoughtful consideration. This author has published over 60 peer-review research papers and book chapters…

MIT Researchers Increase Algal Hydrogen Production

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been…

Solazyme Has a Good First Day on the NASDAQ

Solazyme’s long awaited debut on the NASDAQ May 27 proved worth the wait for the South San Francisco-based heterotrophic algae pioneers. After pricing shares to open at $18…

A.I.M. Interview: NASA Ames’ Dr. Leslie Prufert-Bebout

A.I.M. Interview: NASA Ames’ Dr. Leslie Prufert-Bebout

Algae in space. Imagine the possibilities—growing algae on long term space flights to recycle the CO2 in the capsule air back into oxygen…turning waste generated on the mission back into fuel, food…

Algae 101 Part 27—SOAR: A New Algae Solution

Algae 101 Part 27—SOAR: A New Algae Solution

The SOAR project, Save Our (children’s) Agricultural Resources, holds promise to yield six times the energy derived from the nine billion gallons of corn ethanol produced annually. SOAR may also deliver…

Architects and Engineers Envision Algae and Buildings

From Linda Hales at metropolismag.com, a story about the proposed energy retrofit of a Los Angeles federal building called “Process Zero: Retrofit Resolution,” winning the 2011 Metropolis…

Algae Business: Algae—Food or Chemical Grade?

Algae Business: Algae—Food or Chemical Grade?

There’s a big question planners should be asking themselves when they put together an algae production plan: are we trying to meet food-grade requirements for our algae…

A.I.M. Interview: Cal Poly’s Dr. Tryg Lundquist

A.I.M. Interview: Cal Poly’s Dr. Tryg Lundquist

As an environmental engineering professor at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA, Dr. Tryg Lundquist researches how wastewater can make algae biofuel and how algae biofuel…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 6

Special Report: Spirulina Part 6

In over 40 countries, tablets, powder and capsules are widely used supplements. Spirulina is a featured ingredient in pasta, cookies, snack bars and juice drinks, and in personal care products like skin creams and shampoos…

Algae 101 Part 26: Did Algae’s Great Taste Make Us Do It?

Algae 101 Part 26: Did Algae’s Great Taste Make Us Do It?

Possibly the most interesting unanswered question in science is: “How did we become human while our contemporary Homo cousins became extinct?” In a prior article, I proposed a new “down the food chain”…