Algae gin – it had to happen

Algae gin – it had to happen

Mike Smallcombe reports in the Cornish Guardian that a Wales-based distillery has released a gin made using algae from the Newquay coast. Bottled at 42% alcohol by volume, Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin has a slight saltiness and a greenish hue and is well-suited to cooking…

Cyprus developing Mediterranean algae as biofuel source

Incyprus.com reports that the Agricultural Research Institute and Cyprus Energy Agency recently held a seminar to present work based on new microalgae research and technology development that aims…

ABO urges Senate committee to extend biofuel tax credits

On March 24, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) received a letter from a group of biofuel trade organizations…

An algal substitute for plastic bottles?

An algal substitute for plastic bottles?

One of 12 winners of the 2014 Lexus Design Award, the Ooho algae balloon was created by three London-based designers to contribute a solution to the rising number of plastic bottles filling up landfills around the world. The Ooho’s double gelatinous membrane…

ABO releases 2014 Algae Industry Survey

A new survey of the algae industry conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) broadly shows an industry that is growing, from increased production of biomass and oils…

Solazyme announces new notes and stock offering

Solazyme announces new notes and stock offering

Solazyme, Inc. has announced that it intends to offer, subject to market and other considerations, $100.0 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior subordinated notes due 2019 (the “Notes”)…

Teaching algae to junior high students

Teaching algae to junior high students

Richard Degener reports for Press of Atlantic City that 17 Woodbine Elementary School students toured the Garden State bioEnterprises laboratory to learn how a common algae, Haematococcus pluvialis…

Algae 101: Part 73

Algae 101: Part 73

Once in a blue moon, a book appears that has the potential to transform an industry. Algae Microfarms for Home, School, Community and Urban Gardens by Robert Henrikson may be just such a transformative book. Imagine you would…

Algal DHA omega-3 improves sleep duration in study

Algal DHA omega-3 improves sleep duration in study

Supplementation of long-chain omega-3s, and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in particular, were associated with seven fewer wake episodes and longer sleep duration – 58 minutes more sleep per night…

Cultivating algae in cool climates, like Finland

Cultivating algae in cool climates, like Finland

The cultivation of algae for biofuels and other products is challenging in cool climates where there is little daylight in winter. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation…

NAA proposes “Manhattan Project” for algae

On August 2, 1939, just before the beginning of World War II, Albert Einstein wrote to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Einstein and several other scientists told Roosevelt of efforts in Nazi Germany…

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand

AIM Interview: Scripps’ Dr. Mark Hildebrand

A new report issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked 28 Algae Technology Area projects. Dr. Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution…

Solarvest’s first supply agreement for organic omega-3

Vancouver, Canada-based Solarvest Bioenergy has announced that its operating division, Solarvest (P.E.I.) Inc., of Montague, Prince Edward Island, Canada, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding…

Solazyme introduces algae milk

Solazyme introduces algae milk

Keri Gans at Shape.com reports that San Francisco-based Solazyme introduced algae “milk” at the Natural Products Expo West convention, in Boulder, Colorado, on March 10. The product was touted as being allergen-free, i.e. free of dairy, soy, lactose….

$500 student travel grants offered to attend ABS

Students wanting to attend the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit from September 29th through October 2nd in San Diego, CA, may be eligible to win a $500 student travel grant…

Algae’s place in the agriculture mix

Algae’s place in the agriculture mix

Building the case for an advanced governmental policy toward the view of algae as an agricultural crop, Emily M. Trentacoste, of Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Alice M. Martinez, Sapphire Energy, Inc.; and Tim Zenk, representing the Algae Biomass Organization…

Researching carbon sequestration in India

Researching carbon sequestration in India

Nahla Nainer reports for The Hindu that, as India’s reputation for ‘frugal engineering’ has grown, so has the importance of algae research and development at institutions such as NIT-T…

Alltech symposium to explore health potential of algae

Alltech symposium to explore health potential of algae

The heterotrophic, high-DHA, omega-3 algae variety produced at animal feed giant Alltech Algae in Winchester, Kentucky, are off-white, dry and powdery. Unleashing their vast potential for positive change…

Arizona Universities collaborating on algae

As part of an Arizona Board of Regents funded project, students and researchers from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are collaborating to grow algae…

Algatechnologies invests $20 million in natural astaxanthin production

Algatechnologies invests $20 million in natural astaxanthin production

Algatechnologies (“Algatech”), Israel, has announced a more than 100% expansion of its production capacity of AstaPure® brand natural astaxanthin. This doubling of capacity follows…

ABO announces San Diego, CA will host next ABS

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) has announced that the eighth annual Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) will take place September 29-October 2 in San Diego, California, a global hub of algae research…

Algae 101: Part 72

Algae 101: Part 72

Technical standards define critical terms and metrics to add wisdom for the algae industry. Agreement among science and business leaders represents possibly the most difficult challenge to the algae industry. Failing standards, those doing research…

Contract Biotics adding six acres to algae operations

Contract Biotics adding six acres to algae operations

Valensa International and Contract Biotics have announced that Contract Biotics has started construction of an additional six acres of algae production units at the company’s San Diego…

DOE to host Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Program will host a free workshop, March 26–27 2014, in Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss research and development…

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