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…

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…

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…

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…

Researching diatoms as insulation material

Researching diatoms as insulation material

Dr. Mufit Akinc, a professor of materials science and engineering at Iowa State University, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, are working to develop next-generation insulation materials for freezers, refrigerated trucks, buildings and other heating and cooling applications…