Aequorea — printed in 3D from algae and garbage

Aequorea — printed in 3D from algae and garbage

I’m an aquanaut teen. I was born in immersion in 2050 in an underwater farm called “Aequorea” off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Bio-inspired, the farm draws its name from a bioluminescent, light-emitting jellyfish characterized by its articulated, webbed tentacles. These tentacles enable it to swim…

Optimizing CO2 efficiency and luminescence in PBRs

Optimizing CO2 efficiency and luminescence in PBRs

Researchers at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, have published a report on their study of microalgae cultivated in photobioreactors at different CO2 concentrations and luminescent conditions. Their report is published in Elsevier’s Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 85, February 2016…

Solazyme wins arbitration with Roquette

Solazyme wins arbitration with Roquette

Solazyme has announced that on December 21, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware confirmed in its entirety, and without alteration, the Arbitration Panel Award of February 19, 2015 between the company and it’s former JV partner Roquette Frères… [Read the full story]

IRP Sponsor Profile: Commercial Algae Professionals

IRP Sponsor Profile: Commercial Algae Professionals

You can tell that an industry is commercializing when services emerge that provide turnkey solutions to equipping and installing production operations at scale. Just a few years back, pioneering algae research and development organizations had to either build their own equipment from scratch… [Read the full story]

Biofuels at Fermentalg

Biofuels at Fermentalg

Scientists at French company Fermentalg are looking to harness the potential of algae as a source for biofuels. “Currently we are focused on oils for human and animal nutrition, but it is clear that as soon as we have a large scale efficient plant there will be possibilities, when the market prices are in line…

ISGP partners with Condor for environmental cleanup

ISGP partners with Condor for environmental cleanup

Malverne, Pennsylvania-based International Sustainability Group, Inc. (ISGP), a green technology company focused on providing environmentally friendly solutions and products that help to preserve the environment through sustainable living, has announced that they are partnering with… [Read the full story]

Alaska shellfish growers learn seaweed farming

Alaska shellfish growers learn seaweed farming

SitNews, of Ketchikan, Alaska, reports that with edible kelp driving a $5 billion industry worldwide, Alaska’s shellfish farmers are exploring seaweed as the next step in their small industry. About 40 farmers learned about kelp growing methods, markets, biology, and state programs to expand mariculture during a workshop…

PKN ORLEN to grow algae at Polish refinery

PKN ORLEN to grow algae at Polish refinery

Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen (PKN ORLEN,) a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer with operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Baltic States, is starting an R&D project to explore alternative sources of next-generation biocomponents. The Company plans to open a research station…

Can PACE project drive algal biofuels to marketability?

Can PACE project drive algal biofuels to marketability?

Dr. Richard Sayre, a scientist in the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Consortium, writes in the Santa Fe New Mexican about a new research project led by Los Alamos National Laboratory that seeks to drive algal biofuels to marketability…

Immersive algae education programs growing in popularity

Immersive algae education programs growing in popularity

Students of algal research, including it’s various applications and business models, have increasing opportunities to get quickly up to speed in many aspects of the rapidly developing, somewhat confounding, algae industry. New educational opportunities are more and more allowing students a deep dive option…

Living Ink

Living Ink

Living Ink is a patent-pending time-lapse ink made from algae that allows you to write, sketch, or paint – with the image or message appearing over time. Living Ink Technologies, of Denver, Colorado, has raised over $100,000 through business pitch competitions for the U. S. Department of Energy…

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria efficient at “harvesting” light

Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture light energy in an efficient way, while also providing protection against damage to the photosynthesis mechanism of the…

Algal blooms — the new normal

Algal blooms — the new normal

While researchers have long suspected that climate change will lead to stronger and more frequent algal blooms, a new fusion of climate models and watershed models has proven those suspicions right: For Lake Erie, at least, the number of severe blooms will likely double over the next 100 years. The findings hold…

Did green plants really come from terrestrial algae?

Did green plants really come from terrestrial algae?

Plant biologists agree that it all began with green algae. At some point in our planet’s history, the common ancestor of trees, ferns, and flowers developed an alternating life cycle — presumably allowing their offspring to float inland and conquer Earth. But Danish scientists have just suggested, in Trends in Plant Science, that some…

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Heather Dugmore writes for BDlive that a new fuel, Coalgae – produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae – could save South Africa up to 40% of its crude oil imports. Professor Ben Zeelie and his team at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) combined coal dust with algae to form…

IIASA study shows algae’s potential as a livestock feed

IIASA study shows algae’s potential as a livestock feed

A new study from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) researchers suggests that algae could become an important feed for livestock that could potentially contribute to a major cut in greenhouse gas emissions over the next 80 years. The study, published in the open-access journal…

Algatechnologies introduces 5% natural astaxanthin

Algatechnologies introduces 5% natural astaxanthin

Algatechnologies Ltd. has launched its AstaPure® 5% Natural Astaxanthin oleoresin, derived from Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae. This latest addition to the AstaPure family completes Algatechnologies’ line of natural astaxanthin oleoresin delivery platforms, with three concentrations: 5%, 10% and 20%…

International Readers’ Poll results coming soon

International Readers’ Poll results coming soon

The Algae Industry Magazine’s International Readers’ Poll will publish the winners in each category beginning Monday, January 11, 2016. We will share the profiles of Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. Winners’ information will provide rich content for journalists, scientific and educational institutions… [Read the full story]

Australia’s Pilbara moving from iron ore to algae?

Australia’s Pilbara moving from iron ore to algae?

James Regan reports for Reuters that, despite Aurora Algae’s retreat in 2014 from the area, aqua farms growing super foods could soon materialize in the rust-red dust of the Australian outback, alongside wheat fields, haystacks and cattle herds, as tumbling iron prices drive the minerals-rich Pilbara…

Culturing agent agar hit by seaweed shortage

Culturing agent agar hit by seaweed shortage

Ewen Callaway writes in the jounal Nature that restrictions on harvests and exports of Gelidium seaweed in Morocco have affected the global supply of the lab reagent agar. Microbiology’s most important reagent is in short supply, with potential consequences for research, public health and clinical… [Read the full story]

Netherlands’ FeyeCon launches algae-based health products

Netherlands’ FeyeCon launches algae-based health products

Netherlands-based FeyeCon, a company that has offered tailor-made process design and equipment at bench, pilot and production scales since 2001, has introduced a new line of health and beauty products employing microalgae as primary ingredients. Their algae were processed in the Netherlands…

Liqoflux pre-concentration for high volume algae cultures

Liqoflux pre-concentration for high volume algae cultures

Algae producers moving from pilot to commercial applications require quick adaptation to algae harvesting capacity of hundreds and even thousands of cubic meters per day. To respond to these client’s growing algae culture volumes, Liqoflux has extended their product range with high…

IRP Sponsor Profile: SFCC Center of Excellence for Biofuels

IRP Sponsor Profile: SFCC Center of Excellence for Biofuels

The vision of developing a community college degree program to train a high technology algae workforce was launched in 2009 at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in New Mexico. Charles Bensinger assembled the program, with state funding, to start this trained labor pipeline… [Read the full story]

Maine’s artisanal seaweed industry booming

Maine’s artisanal seaweed industry booming

Patrick Whittle writes for the Associate Press that Maine leads the country in the commercial production of seaweed. The state now supports more than 20 companies that grow or collect seaweed, about double from 10 years ago. Maine overtook California as the biggest producer of seaweed in the U.S. in 2006…

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