Economic modeling for macroalgae cultivation

Economic modeling for macroalgae cultivation

EnAlgae researchers have published an economic model to help to explore the economics of cultivating macroalgae at sea. The model and report can be found here as outputs WP2A7.06 and WP2A7.11. Both documents together are a study into the business economics behind growing seaweed at sea…

Algae experiment lost in failed rocket launch

Algae experiment lost in failed rocket launch

Susan Olp reports for the Billings Gazette that a Rocky Mountain College algae experiment, destined for the International Space Station, will live to see another day. The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the experiment, along with other supplies, headed to the International… [Read the full story]

JAT raising capital for algae powder operations

JAT raising capital for algae powder operations

JAT Industries LLC has announced that it is raising capital under a Regulation D 506(c) offering for the development of the company’s facilities and to fund business operations. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, JAT Industries is a manufacturer of algae-based proteins with initiatives…

Algal-based anesthetic partnership at Boston Children’s Hospital

Algal-based anesthetic partnership at Boston Children’s Hospital

Grünenthal Group, an international, family-owned pharmaceutical company, Proteus S.A. and Boston Children’s Hospital have announced a collaboration around developing neosaxitoxin, a novel anesthetic for local anesthesia and post-operative pain management. The deal includes up to $85…

EnAlgae research on algae’s sustainability

EnAlgae research on algae’s sustainability

Two research papers recently published by EnAlgae scientists point to real potential advantages in using algae as a feed ingredient and as a wastewater treatment, but only with further improvements in algal technology. The first paper is an environmental sustainability analysis of a protein-rich…

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

Suzanne Michaels and Isabel Walters report for the Las Cruces Sun-News that New Mexico State University professors have joined with Las Cruces Utilities on a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy using algae to clean wastewater and produce biofuels…

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

Natacha Tatu writes in Worldcrunch about a 72-year old French chef who has taken on the challenge of bringing spirulina to the malnourished youth of the Central Africa. Freddy owns a restaurant, the Relais de Chasse (hunting lodge), a popular eatery in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic…

Algal genes advancing pacemaker technology

Algal genes advancing pacemaker technology

Technion researchers in Israel have successfully established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without the use of a conventional electrical pacemaker. This novel biologic strategy employs light-sensitive algal genes that can be injected into the heart and then activated…

Utilization key to carbon capture with algae

Utilization key to carbon capture with algae

Using microalgae to capture CO2 is a complex process, especially in flue gas environments, reports an editorial by IEA Clean Coal Centre in worldcoal.com. There are many factors to consider, such as CO2 concentration, presence of pollutants in the flue gas, the initial inoculation density, culture temperature…

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

Scientists at Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science have developed a new identification tool for algae, which could have a major impact on how algae are categorized in the future. In the same way that people can be recognized by their fingerprints, the algae’s proteome is now being used as…

Converting algal squalene to transportation fuels

Converting algal squalene to transportation fuels

A new method of converting squalene – which is produced by microalgae – to gasoline or jet fuel, has been developed by the Japanese research group of Prof. Keiichi Tomishige and Dr. Yoshinao Nakagawa from Tohoku University’s Department of Applied Chemistry, and Dr. Hideo Watanabe from the University…

Joule patents direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons

Joule patents direct conversion of CO2 to hydrocarbons

Joule has announced the issuance of a patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels — extending its ability to target the highest-value molecules of the petroleum distillation process and generate them on demand from sunlight and CO2. U.S. Patent #9,034,629, issued on May 19, 2015… [Read the full story]

GEA easyscale separator for research and teaching

GEA easyscale separator for research and teaching

GEA Westfalia has introduced a new separator designed for the downstream requirements in white biotechnology processes in research laboratories and universities. The GEA easyscale is a basic machine with a universal frame, which can be fitted with one of four bowl variants depending on…

Fraunhofer taking algae commercial in Germany

Fraunhofer taking algae commercial in Germany

The fully automated plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, was designed to produce microalgae at industrial scale. It was built by Subitec GmbH — hand in hand with researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB…

Algae-based bio-asphalt for greener roads

Algae-based bio-asphalt for greener roads

Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distillation) — are poured over an aggregate of crushed stone and sand. The asphalt acts as a glue, binding the mixture together to form asphalt concrete…

SBC extends algae research with Mitsubishi in Borneo

SBC extends algae research with Mitsubishi in Borneo

The Borneo Post reports that Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) and Mitsubishi Corporation have signed an agreement to move into the next phase of a strategic collaboration on microalgae research and industrial biotechnology, established in 2012. The SBC-Mitsubishi partnership will continue…

Solazyme algal oil for Natura skincare products

Solazyme algal oil for Natura skincare products

Natura Cosméticos S.A. one of Latin America’s largest cosmetics and personal care products company, and Solazyme, Inc. have announced that after successfully completing testing and product validation phases over the past year using Solazyme’s tailored algal oils, Natura is… [Read the full story]

JCU algae researchers win top award

JCU algae researchers win top award

The Centre for Macroalgal Resources & Biotechnology (MACRO) at James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia, has won this year’s United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) World Environment Day Award for its groundbreaking research into using algae… [Read the full story]

BlueOcean’s algae production system

BlueOcean’s algae production system

BlueOcean NutraSciences (BOC,) based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has developed a proprietary algae production system to economically produce high value algae products targeted at the rapidly growing nutraceutical health and wellness markets. The core technology in BOC’s algae production system is its patented…

Algatech, Fujifilm sign astaxanthin agreement

Algatech, Fujifilm sign astaxanthin agreement

Algatechnologies‬‬ Ltd., (Algatech) has signed a supply and long-term collaboration agreement with Fujifilm Corp. (Fujifilm) in Japan, for its AstaPure® natural astaxanthin ingredients. Fujifilm recently took over as Algatech’s major distributor in Japan and will be promoting astaxanthin… [Read the full story]

Australia’s dairy problem, and algae solution

Australia’s dairy problem, and algae solution

There are around 4500 dairy farms in Victoria, Australia, according to Business Victoria. Together they produced about 86 per cent of Australia’s dairy product exports, worth almost $2 billion, in 2011-12. The wastewater generated from daily cleaning is a dairy product that has been an issue of concern…

Qualitas awarded Startup Ingredient of the Year

Qualitas awarded Startup Ingredient of the Year

Qualitas Health was named the winner of the NutraIngredients Startup Ingredient of the Year Award for its ingredient Almega PL™ at a special awards dinner during the recent Vitafoods Europe conference. Established by NutraIngredients.com in association with Vitafoods Europe…

CAM to distribute Industrial Plankton algae bioreactors

CAM to distribute Industrial Plankton algae bioreactors

Industrial Plankton Inc. has announced that algae solutions provider Commercial Algae Management (CAM) will distribute its turnkey bioreactors for research, aquaculture and biotech. “We’re excited about Commercial Algae Management carrying our bioreactors,” said Robert Roulston… [Read the full story]

Increasing gas production from algae in anaerobic digesters

Increasing gas production from algae in anaerobic digesters

Water and wastewater utilities are dealing with separated algae waste from water reservoirs and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent holding ponds, respectively. This algae waste is typically hauled to landfills or composting facilities for disposal. In some cases, separated algae waste is added…

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