New Algae Raceways from MicroBio Engineering

New Algae Raceways from MicroBio Engineering

MicroBio Engineering, Inc. has announced a new line of 100 and 1,000 liter Algae Raceways™, building on the success of their popular 0.5 m2 (5.5 ft2) and 3.5 m2 (40 ft2), RW0.5 and RW3.5 automated Algae Raceways™. Intended for research and seed culture (inoculum) production, these microalgae cultivation…

Transforming the waste from wastewater

Transforming the waste from wastewater

Mark Harris writes in the Guardian about a pilot project in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Dr. Peter Lammers, a professor in algal bioenergy at Arizona State University, along with researchers at New Mexico State University, are diverting effluent from the city’s wastewater treatment plant into rows of long plastic…

Japanese, Malaysian aquaculture research collaboration

Japanese, Malaysian aquaculture research collaboration

Bernama.com reports that Malaysian and Japanese institutions will jointly conduct a RM 11.8 million ($2.8 million US) research in sustainable aquaculture project, which will enable the researchers to extract high value compounds from microalgae. The partnership is under the Japanese Science and… [Read the full story]

EnAlgae nearing completion of Algal Innovation Centre

EnAlgae nearing completion of Algal Innovation Centre

EnAlgae has announced that colleagues from Cambridge University, in the UK, are nearing completion on their new Algal Innovation Centre, with construction on the project expected to be complete sometime in October 2015. According to the developers the Algal Innovation Centre will address the requirement…

Algix & Effekt introduce algae-derived flexible foams

Algix & Effekt introduce algae-derived flexible foams

Meridian, Mississippi-based Algix LLC, a leading producer of algae bio-products, and Effekt LLC, an environmentally minded product and material development company in San Diego, CA, have announced the creation of the world’s first algae-derived flexible foams. Both companies are joining forces in a joint venture entitled…

Algae-based oil facility now in Fukushima

Algae-based oil facility now in Fukushima

The Asahi Shimbun reports that an experimental facility to produce oil from algae was constructed on former farmland that was abandoned after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck the region. The Minami-Soma city government bought abandoned fields in coastal areas, and provided…

Making plastics and omega-3 in space

Making plastics and omega-3 in space

John Wenz reports in Popular Mechanics that Dr. Mark Blenner, a research group leader at Clemson University, is developing a smart way for future deep space explorers to recycle their bodily waste into nutritional supplements to keep them alive and even create useful building materials to keep the ship up and running…

New report: astaxanthin revenue to grow 146% by 2020

New report: astaxanthin revenue to grow 146% by 2020

Astaxanthin has been widely used in the aquaculture industry for pigmentation of salmon, trout and shrimp; used for its antioxidant and other health benefits in the nutraceutical industry; used in cosmetics for its skin care and anti-aging properties; and also used for fortification of foods and beverages…

Qponics and AlgaeCytes team for omega-3

Qponics and AlgaeCytes team for omega-3

Brisbane, Australia-based Qponics Limited, an organic producer of high quality, vegetarian EPA/DHA omega-3 oils and other algal products, has formed a collaborative relationship with British company AlgaeCytes Limited, which produces high purity omega-3 oils, omega-6 oils, antioxidants… [Read the full story]

The potential in your Euglena pond

The potential in your Euglena pond

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, in Norwich, England, have discovered that Euglena gracilis, the single cell algae that inhabits most garden ponds, has a whole host of new, unclassified genes that can make new forms of carbohydrates and natural products. Even with the latest technologies, sequencing the DNA…

Sandia improving algae nutrient recycling

Sandia improving algae nutrient recycling

Nitrogen and phosphate nutrients are among the biggest costs in cultivating algae for biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories molecular biologists Todd Lane and Ryan Davis have shown they can recycle about two-thirds of those critical nutrients, and aim to raise the recycling rate to close to 100 percent…

Algal carbon capture pilot in Taiwan

Algal carbon capture pilot in Taiwan

Tang Chia-ling and Jake Chung write in the Taipei Times that an inter-university research team in Taiwan has developed a microalgae-based carbon capture technology and established the nation’s largest pilot microalgae farm at a university in the city of Tainan, in hopes of helping the nation conserve energy…

Producing ethylene from algae

Producing ethylene from algae

Currently made most often from petroleum and natural gas, ethylene is used in the manufacture of plastics and polyester, and ranks as the largest petrochemical produced by volume around the world. But the process of making ethylene requires considerable amounts of energy and releases carbon dioxide…

Natural food color demand boosting spirulina sales

Natural food color demand boosting spirulina sales

The demand for spirulina as a natural food colorant is robust in the North America food processing industry, according to a new study by market intelligence firm Future Market Insights (FMI). Spirulina, which can give a blue color to a food product, is widely used in the confectionary and dairy products…

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Duke-led consortium creating algal food and fuel

Kati Moore writes in Duke Environment that Dr. Zackary Johnson, Arthur P. Kaupe Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology in Marine Science at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received a major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish a consortium to study…

Algae growing as a protein source

Algae growing as a protein source

Jessie Rack reports for NPR that demand for plant protein of all types is growing in concert with the growing interest in the U.S. to reduce meat consumption. People, from vegans to flexitarians to Meatless Monday dabblers, are substituting vegetables for meat. “(Product) developers realize we need…

MBD algae technology expanding to cane industry

MBD algae technology expanding to cane industry

Lara Webster reports for Queensland’s Country Hour that MBD Energy’s algal-based water cleaning technology, being tested over the past year in the local prawn industry, may soon expand to the cane sector. The technology, which uses algae to absorb the nutrients in fish ponds, expel clean water…

EPA inviting input concerning GM algae

EPA inviting input concerning GM algae

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a project to support public dialog concerning the development and use of synthetic biology. One emerging technology over which EPA has oversight responsibility is the production and use of intergeneric cyanobacteria…

Gently stressing algae for higher lipids

Gently stressing algae for higher lipids

Some algae like Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (or “Chlamy,” as it’s known to its large research community) produce energy-dense oils or lipids when stressed, and these lipids can then be converted into fuels. However, researchers walk a fine line in not killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, in this case, stressing…

Bigelow, Ole Miss pact on algal research, commercialization

Bigelow, Ole Miss pact on algal research, commercialization

Bigelow Laboratory, of East Boothbay, Maine, and the University of Mississippi have formed a five-year Strategic Inter-Institutional Partnership Agreement for collaborative research and commercialization initiatives. The collaboration is making progress on identifying new compounds with anti-microbial…

Converde begins wet algae grinding, oil extraction

Converde begins wet algae grinding, oil extraction

Converde Energy USA Inc. has announced that it will begin to test simultaneous grinding and oil extraction of algae at their Cambridge, Ontario, Canada facility using their new algae bioreactor technology, and has hired a biochemical engineer to oversee the project. They intend to have a new pilot… [Read the full story]

Sabarsky, Beaudry-Losique new ABO Chair, Vice Chair

Sabarsky, Beaudry-Losique new ABO Chair, Vice Chair

Martin Sabarsky, CEO of Cellana, has been appointed Chair of the Algae Biomass Organization’s Board of Directors for the 2015-2016 term; and Jacques Beaudry-Losique, Senior Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Algenol, has been appointed Vice Chair. Previous Chair, Tim Burns… [Read the full story]

OriginClear to acquire Progressive Water Treatment

OriginClear to acquire Progressive Water Treatment

OriginClear Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100 percent of Dallas-based Progressive Water Treatment Inc., (PWT) a profitable and fast-growing designer, builder and service provider for a wide range of industrial water treatment applications. PWT is being acquired for OriginClear…

SAMS scientists search for high oil content algae

SAMS scientists search for high oil content algae

Using a newly devised technique, researchers at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) have examined microalgae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) – an internationally important algal store based at SAMS in Oban, Scotland – to find out which ocean-based strains…

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