Algae to Biofuel Project Launched in Greece

Business Partners Online reports that two Greek entrepreneurs won the first place prize of $100,000 for Alternative Agriculture in the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce’s “Making Innovation Work…

Synthetic Genomics Expansion Update

Bruce V. Bigelow, the editor of Xconomy San Diego, digs deeper into the recent announcement of Synthetic Genomics’ purchase of 81-acres near Southern California’s Salton Sea, to indicate that the land comes…

Texas AgriLife Feeding Algae to Steers

Texas AgriLife Feeding Algae to Steers

A Texas AgriLife Research scientist, Dr. Tryon Wickersham, and graduate student, Merritt Drewery, have been conducting feeding trials of algae leftover products (after oil extraction, in powdered form)…

Aquatech Raises $800,000 for Algae to Ethanol

Sioux Falls, SD-based Aquatech BioEnergy, a developer of biofuels technology using macroalgae as feedstock, has raised $800,000 in private equity, the company disclosed in a new filing with the Securities…

Cylindrotheca Diatoms Researched as EPA Source

Cylindrotheca Diatoms Researched as EPA Source

A recently published paper on diatoms, based on work by M. Thomas Kiran, Chief Technology Office of Kadambari Consultants Pvt Ltd, considers the potential for Cylindrotheca as a potential source for…

Groups Ask Senate to Reconsider Blocking Bio-energy

The Advanced Biofuels Association, the Algal Biomass Organization, Airlines for America, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Growth Energy, and the Pew Charitable…

Synthetic Genomics Buys 81-Acre SC Site for Algae Scale-up

La Jolla, CA-based Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) has purchased an 81-acre site for scale up and testing of newly identified and engineered algal strains. The company will use the site, located in the Imperial…

$11 Million in Energy Innovation Grants Announced

United States Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman has announced in Fayetteville, Arkansas, $11 million in innovative research and technology grants of up to $150,000 to nearly 70 small businesses…

NAABB Chooses Harvesting and Extraction Technologies

The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) has selected three harvesting and one extraction technology for Phase II scale up development. The three harvesting technologies include an…

OriginOil Files Patents for Processing Oil/Gas Field Wastewater

OriginOil, Inc. has filed two patents with the United States Patent & Trademark Office describing its unique technology for processing solids in solution. The technology is expected to find immediate application…

AFS BioOil Showcases Algae Commercial Module

South San Francisco-based AFS BioOil, formed in 2010 as a spin out of Algae Floating Systems, Inc., has announced that its state-of-the art facility located at a wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco…

Nutrex Announces Scientific Advisory Board

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii-based Nutrex Hawaii, producer of Hawaiian Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Spirulina supplements, has announced the formation of its independent Scientific Advisory Board, comprised…

Heliae Breaks Ground for Commercial Demonstration Facility

Heliae, a Gilbert, AZ-based algae technology company founded in 2008, broke ground Friday, May 18, on a commercial demonstration facility that will showcase the scalability and economics of their proprietary…

Eldorado Biofuels Launches Product Line

New Mexico-based Eldorado Biofuels has announced the launch of a variety of algae-derivative products for sale under the name Jalgae™. Eldorado, an NAABB partner and produced-water for algae cultivation…

Algae 101: Part 43

Algae 101: Part 43

Empty calories, while ubiquitous today, are so yesterday. Who would choose to eat foods with empty calories when they could discover foods with 100 to 300% more nutrients per bite? Algae-based foods can provide “nutralence” – high nutrient density…

UT Awards Professor to Model Algae Fuel

Venkat Raman, a University of Texas at Austin associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, has won a Moncrief Grand Challenge Faculty Award to develop…

Potential Malarial Vaccine from Algae

Potential Malarial Vaccine from Algae

Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have succeeded in engineering algae to produce potential candidates for a vaccine that would prevent transmission of the parasite that causes malaria, an achievement that could pave the way for…

UK Report Gives Guidance for Developing Algal Industry

UK Report Gives Guidance for Developing Algal Industry

A new “Strategy Research Agenda” report from the UK-based Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) highlights the benefits of cultivating and using both macro and microalgae in a wide range…

Phenometrics Now Shipping ePBRs

East Lansing, MI-based Phenometrics Inc. has announced shipment and installation of it’s first line of products, Environmental Photo Bioreactors (ePBR) matrix systems, for algae biofuel research at six…

The Politics of Algae, continued…

Two articles out this week deftly explore the dilemma the algae, and for that matter the entire biofuels, industry finds itself – in the wake of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) recently passing the 2013…

Loxley to Build Algae Plant in Thailand

According to the Bangkok Post, Thai company Loxley Plc is spending 60 million baht ($1.9million USD) to build a pilot plant for algae-based biofuel, possibly in Ratchaburi province. The location of the facility…

EPA Announces 2012 Green Power Awards

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that its annual Green Power Leadership Awards will be presented in conjunction with the Renewable Energy Markets Conference in Washington, DC…

Algae Business: Low-Cost Algae Production—Is It Finally With Us?

Algae Business: Low-Cost Algae Production—Is It Finally With Us?

We believe that algae is the most promising next-generation biomass feedstock. But historically, using conventional production systems has prevented cost-effective cultivation. Issues include high…

A Case for Mixed Algal Cultures

Charlotte Dormer writes a review, in the Natural Environment Research Council’s Planet Earth online, of research at the University of Cambridge suggesting that, when grown in open ponds, algae should be…

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