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…

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…

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]

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…

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…

Marine bacteria boost growth of diatoms

Marine bacteria boost growth of diatoms

University of Washington oceanographers have found that diatoms — the intricately patterned single-celled algae that exist throughout the world’s oceans — grow faster in the presence of bacteria that release a growth hormone known to benefit land plants. The study, published online May 27 in Nature, uses genetic and…