Algae Biofuel Research Promoted at COP18

Countries meeting at the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference (COP18) recently in Doha, Qatar, agreed on a firm timetable to adopt a universal climate agreement by 2015, and launched a new…

DSM Acquires Fortitech to Strengthen Nutrition Business

DSM Acquires Fortitech to Strengthen Nutrition Business

Royal DSM, the global life sciences and materials sciences company that purchased Martek’s algae-based infant formula business for $1.09 Billion in 2011, has announced that it has completed the…

20 Ha Algae Project Begins in Italy

Floating PhotoBioReactor (PBR) company Algasol, headquartered in Baleares, Spain, has announced a collaboration with industrial equipment provider GIAN.MAI srl, for the supply of Algasol’s proprietary…

Lootah Cuts Deal with AlgaOil for Algae Extraction in Dubai

Joseph Mayton reports in Green Prophet that the Arab Gulf region is boosting its international profile in renewable energy with an algae biofuel initiative. Lootah Biofuels in Dubai – which is currently…

Algae-based Polymers Project SPLASH Launched by EU Group

Algae-based Polymers Project SPLASH Launched by EU Group

Twenty partners involved in an EU-funded research program have formed a project called Sustainable Polymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons, or SPLASH…

Growing Algae with Concentrated Desalination

Growing Algae with Concentrated Desalination

Researchers from Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Brazil, are investigating how well microalgae can grow using concentrated desalination from inland…

Cereplast Algae Bioplastics™ Commercializes

Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics, has announced the commercialization of Cereplast Algae Bioplastics™ with their introduction…

ABO Applauds Support for 
Military Biofuels in NDA Act


The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) applauded the strong support for military biofuels in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) scheduled for House and Senate…

OriginOil Addresses Bacteria Removal in Harvested Algae

OriginOil, Inc. has announced that its algae harvesting process reduces bacterial concentrations by as much as 99%, suggesting that this could extend the shelf life of liquid algae concentrate from…

UGA Researchers Find Algal Key to Deadly Pathogens

UGA Researchers Find Algal Key to Deadly Pathogens

Long ago, when life on Earth was in its infancy, a group of small single-celled algae propelled themselves through the vast prehistoric ocean by beating whip like tails called flagella…

NAA to Launch Algae Production Online Certification

The National Algae Association has announced the launch of their Production Certification Program in an online version, to be rolled out in 2013. The course, four weeks in duration, will teach students…

A Breakthrough Year for Algae

A Breakthrough Year for Algae

This past week, news published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from the prolific lab of Dr. Stephen Mayfield at the University of California at San Diego, showed that…

Solazyme Scales Up Oil Fermentation to 500,000 Liters in Iowa

Solazyme, Inc. has announced the successful completion of multiple initial fermentations at ADM’s Clinton, Iowa facility. In these runs, Solazyme achieved commercial scale production metrics…

Benemann, Woertz, and Lundquist Assess Algal Biofuel Potential

Can algae-derived oils support large-scale, low-cost biofuels production? This is the question addressed by industry experts Dr. John Benemann, Ian Woertz, and Dr. Tryg Lundquist, in a Review article…

Propel Secures $21 Mil for Alternative Fuel Location Rollout

Propel Secures $21 Mil for Alternative Fuel Location Rollout

Propel Fuels, a leading Northern California-based retailer of alternative fuels, has closed on the initial phase of its Series D round of funding with $11 million in equity capital from existing investors…

KU Launches Multidisciplinary Effort for Algal Biofuels

A major effort to develop algal biofuels is under way at the University of Kansas as part of its multidisciplinary Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative, overseen and supported by KU’s Transportation Research Institute…

UCSD Developing Anti-Cancer Drugs from Algae

UCSD Developing Anti-Cancer Drugs from Algae

Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer…

Algae and National Security: Part 3

Algae and National Security: Part 3

Climate chaos brings a wide range of threats to food security. Robert Kaplan envisioned in The Coming Anarchy (1994) the core foreign-policy challenge for the 21st century as the “Political and strategic impact of surging populations, spreading disease…

DOE Funds $650K for Algae Research at Stevens Institute

Funded by a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Biomass Program, Dr. Adeniyi Lawal of Stevens Institute of Technology will be leading a team investigating microalgae…

S4CO2’s Integrated Biogas Refinery™

S4CO2’s Integrated Biogas Refinery™

Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based S4CO2 has been developing creative and innovative uses for CO2 and organic waste streams by partnering with cutting edge technologies across the value chain in the production of algae biomass, and extraction of high…

U.S. Steel Canada Testing Pond Biofuels Technology

U.S. Steel Canada Testing Pond Biofuels Technology

Max Paris reports for CBC News that U.S. Steel Canada is partnering with Union Gas and Pond Biofuels to test an innovative system that pulls carbon dioxide directly out of its power station’s…

Global Clean Energy Teams with Algae Farm

Global Clean Energy, Inc. and Algae Farm USA, Inc. have formed a strategic alliance to bring feedstocks to sustainable, scalable and profitable applications based on the work accomplished by Algae Farm…

$900K Grant to Cornell for New Bioreactors

A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build a new type of bioreactor that efficiently delivers light and collects fuel produced by algae inside the reactor…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 4

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 4

Over the past 30 years, many people have asked how they can grow algae themselves in their own back yard. The good news is that small scale algae farming has been tested for 30 years…