Budweiser waste is a treasure for Algal Scientific

Budweiser waste is a treasure for Algal Scientific

What if it were possible to control an algal bloom, and use it to absorb nutrients before they escape to the wider environment? An article in The Economist says that is the inspiration behind a technology developed by Algal Scientific, of Northville, Michigan. Algal’s researchers think they are the first…

OriginOil invites feedback on research harvester

OriginOil invites feedback on research harvester

Algae industry insiders are telling OriginOil how to configure the company’s new lab-scale harvester, with a chance to win an iPad Mini. Respondents get to see a summary of the survey, and will qualify for beta testing opportunities. Click here to access the short survey…. [Read the full story]

Garden State bioEnterprises to auction algae equipment

Garden State bioEnterprises to auction algae equipment

Comly Auctioneers will be hosting an online auction sale of the algae growth & production equipment of Garden State bioEnterprises, a Woodbine, New Jersey-based commercial algae grower specializing in natural astaxanthin production for biotech markets… [Read the full story]

Solazyme tightens up use of cash

Solazyme tightens up use of cash

Kevin Quon writes in Seeking Alpha about the financial plights and pivots of Solazyme, the algae industry’s most high profile recent IPO. In a year that started with a share price above $11 and ended around $2.70 for the same share, Solazyme now trades with a market capitalization of just over $200 million…

Chile’s fisheries green light algae project

Chile’s fisheries green light algae project

Undercurrent News reports that Chile’s Fisheries Committee of the Chamber of Deputies recently passed legislation to develop a project to cultivate algae via a bill, Bulletin 9151-21. Chile’s undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Raul Súnico, said the project should have a budget… [Read the full story]

Pakistan think tank reaches out for algae assistance

Pakistan think tank reaches out for algae assistance

Kolachi Energy Research Institute (KERI), a Pakistani-based “think tank” backed by the financing and investment group KASB, is reaching out to algae organizations for partnering to create alternative energy sources, nutritional resources and agricultural business. The group’s ultimate goal is to reduce the energy constraints…

Preliminary agenda announced for NAA workshop

Preliminary agenda announced for NAA workshop

The National Algae Association (NAA) has announced its preliminary agenda for the next Algae Production Networking Workshop, taking place in Lafayette, Louisiana, January 22-23, 2015. Scheduled presentations so far include: Dr. Mark Zappi: “New developments targeting the realization of a true… [Read the full story]

Algae cultivation project in Portugal

Algae cultivation project in Portugal

A consortium of biotechnology experts, including scientists from Wageningen UR, in the Netherlands, has started to build a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal. This unit will demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to produce microalgae biomass with biodiesel validation in a sustainable manner…

Making paper from seaweed

Making paper from seaweed

Allan Koay writes in thestar.com about a Universiti Malaya research project paving the way for the commercial production of paper pulp and bioethanol from seaweed. The Algae Research Lab at the university in Kuala Lumpur houses machines – all manufactured in South Korea—for making pulp from a species of red…

Algae.Tec re-ups with Reliance

Algae.Tec re-ups with Reliance

Algae.Tec Limited, an Australian renewable algae company, has announced a further subscription agreement with Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited (RIIHL), its largest partner, to raise $AUD2.4m. Under terms of the agreement Algae.Tec will raise $AUD1.4m via the issue of…

Fighting malnutrition with spirulina

Fighting malnutrition with spirulina

Tess Riley writes in TheGuardian.com about how spirulina may be able to combat malnutrition in developing countries. Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth, consisting of unicellular organisms that use light, warmth, water and minerals to produce protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and other vital nutrients…

Sustainable aquaculture program in Viet Nam

Sustainable aquaculture program in Viet Nam

The Fish Site reports that, to both reduce this environmental impact and improve the nutritional value of farmed fish and shrimp, the “Nutritious-system feeding concept; nourishing Vietnamese ponds to produce quality seafood” project has been created. Launched on November 20, 2014, in Ho Chi Minh City…

Algenol wins Global Energy Award

Algenol wins Global Energy Award

Algenol Biofuels has been named the recipient of the 2014 Global Energy Award for Industry Leadership in Biofuels, presented by PLATTS Global Energy Awards. PLATTS, a global provider of information for the energy industry, received more than 200 applicants from more than 25 different countries… [Read the full story]

Paul Angelico returns to Aurora Algae as President/CEO

Paul Angelico returns to Aurora Algae as President/CEO

Hayward, CA-based Aurora Algae Inc. has announced the appointment of Paul Angelico as President and CEO, effective December 1, 2014. “I am pleased to announce the return of Paul Angelico to Aurora Algae after previously serving as Chief Operating Officer from 2011 through 2013… [Read the full story]

RFS important, even with abundant energy

RFS important, even with abundant energy

On December 10, 2014, the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) urged Congress and the EPA to recognize the value and importance of a stable Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for algae biofuel development. A Statement for the Record was presented to the House Oversight and Government Reform…

Fuel4me consortium targets 2017

Fuel4me consortium targets 2017

Europe’s Fuel4me consortium is driven by the urgent need of transforming the planet’s energy model into a sustainable one – reflecting the European and global energy goals of reducing CO2 emissions, finding alternatives to fossil fuels and fostering renewable energies. Members of the consortium, assembled in 2013…

Cyanobacteria: good-bad, blue-green, algae-not algae

Cyanobacteria: good-bad, blue-green, algae-not algae

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae because of their color, have endured for more than 2.5 billion years, providing ample time to adapt to changes in the Earth’s biosphere. They live in water where a diet heavy in nitrogen and phosphorus, combined with global warming, can prompt them to produce…

Report published on algae product opportunities

Report published on algae product opportunities

Companies involved in the algae-to-fuels domain have started to realize that it could take much longer than originally expected to derive fuels from algae. Hence, as a starting point, many of these companies are exploring venturing into high value, non-fuel products from algae… [Read the full story]

Optimizing algae cultivation with LED lighting

Optimizing algae cultivation with LED lighting

Phys.org reports that, in collaboration with the Berlin, Germany LED manufacturer FutureLED, scientists at the Technische Universität München have developed a unique combination of light and climate simulation to optimize algae cultivation. “Nobody can really predict whether algae from the tropics…

ABO and EABA form partnership for member benefits

ABO and EABA form partnership for member benefits

The US-based Algae Biomass Organization and the European Algae Biomass Association have agreed to a partnership that extends the member benefits of each organization. The two organizations have also agreed to collaborate to further the development of algae biomass technologies… [Read the full story]

Phyconet’s 5-year plan for algae

Phyconet’s 5-year plan for algae

Launched in January 2014 and operating over the course of five years, Phyconet is a UK-based network enabling biologists, engineers and industrial partners to “consolidate their knowledge and expertise to unlock the IB potential of microalgae.” Officially, it is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council…

Can algae clean up mine water?

Can algae clean up mine water?

Western Morning News reports that Westcountry scientists in the U.K. are using algae to develop an innovative new method of cleaning up contaminated mine water while harvesting valuable resources in the process. Research teams from universities in Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff are piloting the technique…

Algae strain adapts to low light

Algae strain adapts to low light

Researchers working on the EnAlgae project at Plymouth Marine Laboratory have made a discovery that some algae strains are better able to make use of the low levels of light found when the algae are cultured on a large scale. Dr. Ruth Airs and co-workers, working with Dr. Carole Llewellyn, discovered…

House extends advanced biofuels tax credit

House extends advanced biofuels tax credit

The US House of Representatives, on December 3, 2014, passed legislation that would extend expired tax credits for advanced biofuels through the end of 2014, but called on Congress and the White House to negotiate a long-term tax policy that would accelerate the development and commercialization… [Read the full story]

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