Heliae and SCHOTT increasing PBR efficiency

Heliae and SCHOTT increasing PBR efficiency

Tubular glass photobioreactor (PBR) systems protect algae from harmful environmental factors, keeping strains safer from bio-contamination. The glass tubing itself can be resistant to ultraviolet light, chemicals, scratches, and corrosion. But perhaps the most important benefit of closed glass PBR systems is…

Treating pig waste with algae

Treating pig waste with algae

Murdoch University researchers are investigating whether the effluent from piggeries can be effectively treated with micro- and macroalgae so that species of the organism can be safely fed back to pigs. The Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) has invested $300,000 with the…

Using algae to make bio-asphalt for roads

Using algae to make bio-asphalt for roads

A consortium of French researchers has recently proved the viability of bio-asphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the “real” asphalt used to pave roads. The findings are published in the April issue of the ACS Journal for Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. The project, funded by the Region Pays de la Loire…

Developing software to monitor and control photobioreactors

Developing software to monitor and control photobioreactors

Algae Lab Systems provides monitoring and control systems for two industries: the commercial algae growing industry and the aquaculture industry. Their systems enable customers to optimize their productivity, and save them time by automating their quality control processes. They provide a turnkey Photobioreactor…

Young students share algae research at ASU

Young students share algae research at ASU

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) opened to the public recently to provide an overview of how algae are and can be used for a variety of products, from fuel to food. In addition to AzCATI displays and demonstrations related to algae-based or derived products, several local students…

Algae.Tec to commercialize in Dominican Republic

Algae.Tec to commercialize in Dominican Republic

Algae.Tec has announced a collaboration agreement for the commercialization of its algae production technology with Larimar Energy SRL, of the Dominican Republic. The energy sector for the Dominican Republic currently relies on fossil fuels for more than 90% of its primary energy and the government… [Read the full story]

Early algae patents granted to OriginClear

Early algae patents granted to OriginClear

OriginClear, formerly OriginOil, has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office recently granted two patents for algae production. The inventors included OriginClear co-founders, Nicholas and Riggs Eckelberry. “We contributed these early patents to our French joint venture… [Read the full story]

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis

In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million of investment into drop-in algal biofuels – “is moving forward with its vision of commercializing its technology through several end markets.” The new…

The algae-based sustainable surfboard

The algae-based sustainable surfboard

UC San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing industry to create the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard. The surfboard was publicly unveiled and presented to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer…

Simris ranked among Sweden’s top new tech firms

Simris ranked among Sweden’s top new tech firms

Simris Alg, a pioneering agribusiness producing omega-3 from farmed algae, has been declared one of Sweden’s 33 hottest companies in new technology. The renowned list is assembled by Swedish business media, with the purpose of highlighting new tech ventures with the potential to become major corporations…

Researching how oil spills affect algae

Researching how oil spills affect algae

Five years ago, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig caused a release of 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico before the well was capped on July 15, 2010. Close to 100,000 kilometers, including more than 1,000 total linear miles of coastlines in Louisiana, Alabama…

Mary Rosenthal student travel grants to ABS

Mary Rosenthal student travel grants to ABS

The Algae Foundation, ABO’s sister organization, is offering $500 travel grants to attend the 9th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, DC, September 29 through October 2, 2015. The purpose of these grants is to provide support for graduate students who would like to attend ABS… [Read the full story]

OriginOil Renames Company ‘OriginClear’

OriginOil Renames Company ‘OriginClear’

OriginOil™ Inc. has announced a name change to OriginClear™ Inc., effective immediately. The company ticker symbol, OOIL, will remain unchanged. “As our company has grown, we’ve learned that our technology can serve a vast number of markets in need of innovative water cleanup… [Read the full story]

New Mexico 17-year-old making algae biofuels more efficient

New Mexico 17-year-old making algae biofuels more efficient

Damien Willis writes in the Las Cruces Sun-News about New Mexico high school senior Sophia Sánchez-Maes, who has already racked up more than 90 credit hours at New Mexico State University, discussed her research on the future of algae as a biofuel with President Obama, and won countless prestigious awards…

Flotek and Solazyme team on drilling fluid technologies

Flotek and Solazyme team on drilling fluid technologies

Flotek Industries, Inc. and Solazyme have entered into agreements to globally commercialize Flocapso™, an advanced drilling fluid additive. Flotek will also market Solazyme’s Encapso™ lubricant – the first commercially available, biodegradable encapsulated lubricant for drilling fluids… [Read the full story]

Abu Dhabi’s sabkhas — an algal rich source

Abu Dhabi’s sabkhas — an algal rich source

Sami Zaatari writes for the Middle East’s Gulf News that Abu Dhabi’s coastal sabkhas – the Arabic phonetic translation for salt flats – hold great potential for solar power generation and algae culture; and also promise in terms of hydrocarbons. However, many sabkha sites are facing threats from rapid urbanization…

Getting to the bottom of algae blooms, Part 2

Getting to the bottom of algae blooms, Part 2

As the summer approaches in North America, so does the increased scientific activity around the Great Lakes in search of answers and solutions to the type of out-of-control cyanobacteria that left 400,000 people in Michigan and Ohio without drinkable tap water for two days last August…

Exploring red algae for economic benefits

Exploring red algae for economic benefits

James Konstantin Galvez writes in the Manila Times that red algae, or lumut, which many people there consider insignificant, offers huge economic benefits as a source of food and components for industrial products, according to a new study by the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UPMSI)…

Brown algae and the Australian diet

Brown algae and the Australian diet

Are more and more celebrities chowing down with a seaweed salad? Belinda Grant Geary, writing in Australia’s Daily Mail, explores the brown algae enthusiasm down under and why, in particular, the Australian diet lends itself to brown algae. Brown algae are most familiar to people here as kelp and are especially…

US agencies creating algal bloom early warning system

US agencies creating algal bloom early warning system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms. EPA researchers will develop a mobile app to inform water quality managers of changes in water quality using satellite data on cyanobacteria…

Algenol joins U.S. mission to China

Algenol joins U.S. mission to China

Fort Myers, Florida-based Algenol has joined the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, on a business development mission to China. Other influential companies including GE, Southern Company, Honeywell, Praxair… [Read the full story]

Algae oil adds to PHO alternatives

Algae oil adds to PHO alternatives

Jeff Gelski writes in foodbusinessnews.net that algae oil is now in the toolbox of alternative oils shown to replace partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which cause trans fat. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) earlier this year said it had no questions about the Generally Recognized As Safe…

Rice University, Houston Public Works team on algae study

Rice University, Houston Public Works team on algae study

In one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorous…

BETO on algal renewable energy

BETO on algal renewable energy

The US Energy Department Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed’s commentary, “Algal Progress Report,” was published in the February edition of the bimonthly research journal Industrial Biotechnology. Her commentary details the promise of algae…

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