Growing microalgae in a building’s walls

Growing microalgae in a building’s walls

Helen Tunnicliffe writes in tcetoday.com about Jeremy Pruvost and his team at the University of Nantes, in France, exploring means of growing algae in vertical panels on the facades of buildings. The researchers…

General Atomics focusing on algal-based protein

General Atomics focusing on algal-based protein

Expanding from its initial work in algal biofuels, General Atomic’s (GA’s) Advanced Biological Processes team has focused on the rising need for food globally, specifically in the area of algal-based protein…

Lipid accumulation advancement in Japan

Lipid accumulation advancement in Japan

Two scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have enhanced the lipid accumulation function in nutrient-starved algae, maintaining the cell growth through photosynthesis. Masako Iwai, Core Research for…

ABS to showcase algae engineering

The Engineering and Analysis track of the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in San Diego, California, September 29-October 2 will highlight a wide range of new technologies and scientific…

Cyanotech names Gerry Watts as COO

Kona, Hawaii-based Cyanotech has named Gerard “Gerry” Watts to fill a newly-created position as Chief Operations Officer. Mr. Watts comes to the Company with more than 30 years of experience as…

Spirulina Viva opens Spirulina micro-farm in Mexico

Spirulina Viva opens Spirulina micro-farm in Mexico

In August, Spirulina Viva opened its new Spirulina micro-farm outside of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. The micro-farm has 300 square meters of Spirulina ponds. The new production facility…

The viral death of algal blooms

The viral death of algal blooms

Using a combination of satellite imagery and laboratory experiments, researchers have evidence showing that viruses infecting those algae are driving the life-and-death dynamics of the earth’s algae blooms, even when…

Algae 101: Part 79

Algae 101: Part 79

The EPA has released the Annual Use of Pesticides in the U.S. Report. We now know that American farmers apply roughly a billion pounds of toxic chemicals intentionally introduced into the environment and our food supply each year. Farmers apply over…

Developing efficient hydrogen production from algae

Developing efficient hydrogen production from algae

Microalgae need only sunlight and water for the production of hydrogen. However, in order to make hydrogen production by microalgae economically feasible their efficiency has to be increased…

DOE to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement for algal biofuel

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001162…

Turning bad algae into good algae

Turning bad algae into good algae

William & Mary scientists are rebooting their algae biofuel initiative, aiming to build on opportunities brought about by new processes, new funding and newly patented apparatus. The biofuel collaboration involves a number of researchers from William…

Further details of Heliae’s leadership transition

Gilbert, Arizona-based algae production specialist Heliae has issued a press release to clarify the purpose for the transfer of leadership announced on August 18, and to define a new phase of technical…

Algae Energy Farm developing cattle feed

Algae Energy Farm developing cattle feed

The University of Queensland has established an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Established by UQ’s School…

ABS featuring breakthroughs in algae biology

The 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in San Diego, California, September 29-October 2 will showcase almost 30 presentations by leading research scientists and experts from universities, companies…

More details on Heliae management change

More details are surfacing regarding the regime change at Heliae. A source close to the company has clarified that a new CEO will be hired in the new year, one who will be focused on extracting value out…

Algae Systems eyes profitable operations

Algae Systems eyes profitable operations

Matthew L. Wald reports in the New York Times that a Nevada company, Algae Systems, has a pilot plant in Alabama that, it says, can turn a profit making diesel fuel from algae by simultaneously performing…

Shake-up at the top for Heliae

Gilbert, Arizona-based Heliae, a leader in the development of advanced algae production technologies, has announced senior leadership team changes as the company moves into the next phase of technical…

Spirulina shown to provide benefits to HIV patients

Spirulina shown to provide benefits to HIV patients

Research recently published in Nutrients by the National Center for Biotechnology Information has demonstrated Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina) to benefit HIV-infected adult women. According to the study “The Effect of…

Duke Energy and U of K advancing carbon capture technology

Duke Energy and U of K advancing carbon capture technology

Duke Energy has been hosting a project at their East Bend Power Plant in Kentucky to demonstrate an algae-based system for CO2 mitigation from coal-fired power plants. Project participants include the…

ABS tours feature lab-to-commercial developments

ABS tours feature lab-to-commercial developments

Bookending the upcoming Algae Biomass Summit, Sept. 29-Oct.2 in San Diego, will be industry tours to give attendees a first-hand look at the latest progress in technical and commercial developments…

Rising CO2 levels intensifying algal blooms

Phys.Org reports that scientists Jolanda Verspagen and Jef Huisman of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands have concluded that rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere will stimulate harmful…

Microalgae nutrient trial results announced by EnAlgae

Microalgae nutrient trial results announced by EnAlgae

EnAlgae scientists have recently published a paper in Bioresource Technology that discusses how nutrient ratios can be manipulated to simultaneously control microalgal biomass production and minimize nutrient…

Microalgae techniques developing for biofuels

Andrew Mourant writes in RenewableEnergyFocus.com about three advancing microalgae research projects that hold promise for commercial applications. A five-year project based in Spain to create…

NASA Mars technology studying algae on home planet

NASA Mars technology studying algae on home planet

Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are using NASA Glenn remote sensing technology, previously developed for Mars exploration, to learn more about the Lake Erie algal bloom…

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