Techno-Economics

Techno-Economics

Corinne Scown, JBEI’s Director of Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA), discusses the challenges of creating biofuels and how the TEA team addresses such challenges by using technoeconomic and environmental modeling during the early stages of JBEI’s research…

Chinese scientists using algae to fight pollution

Chinese scientists using algae to fight pollution

China Daily Editor Zhang Shiyu writes that Wang Qiang, the lead scientist behind a project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, said a new strain of microalgae they are developing has recently entered a test phase for cleaning emissions produced by the refineries of Sinopec, China’s largest oil…

Plant photosynthesis traced to alga 1.25 billion years ago

Plant photosynthesis traced to alga 1.25 billion years ago

The world’s oldest algae fossils are a billion years old, according to a new analysis by earth scientists at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, Canada. Based on this finding, the researchers also estimate that the basis for photosynthesis in today’s plants was set in place 1.25 billion years ago…

All-Gas project, led by Aqualia, begins demo phase

All-Gas project, led by Aqualia, begins demo phase

Watertechonline.com reports that the All-Gas project in the El Torno treatment plant in Chiclana, in southwestern Spain, in the province of Cádiz, has started its demonstration phase. The project, supported by the European Union, has now completed the objectives and stages set from the start of the project…

Treating Human Diseases

Treating Human Diseases

The increasing research into marine algae is making great inroads into the treatment of human diseases. This project won the Medical Innovation Award at this year’s Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards…

Algae melting Greenland ice sheet

Algae melting Greenland ice sheet

New research shows that algae growing on the Greenland ice sheet, the Earth’s second-largest ice sheet, significantly reduce the surface reflectivity of the ice sheet’s bare ice area and contribute more to its melting than dust or black carbon. The new findings, presented by the American Geophysical Union…

Saudi Arabia launches algae production project

Saudi Arabia launches algae production project

Waqar Naseem Wamiq writes for saudigazette.com that Saudi Arabian Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Eng. Abdul Rahaman Bin Abdel Mohsen Al Fadli, has launched the “Research and Development on Algae Production Techniques in KSA” project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al Fadli signed the…

TomAlgae eyeing US oyster market

TomAlgae eyeing US oyster market

Rob Fletcher writes for thefishsite.com that TomAlgae, the feed firm specializing in the production of freeze-dried algae to be used as feed in shrimp and oyster hatcheries, is looking to crack the North American oyster market. The US produces 140,000 tons of oysters a year, making it the world’s third largest…

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

Better milk from algae-fed dairy cows

Andrew Forgrave, Rural Affairs Editor for dailypost.com.uk, writes about Caernarfon (Wales) scientist Bethan Till, who has been feeding micro-algae to dairy cows to develop “super healthy” dairy products. The PhD student hopes her findings will revolutionize dairy consumption as, she notes, the improved products…

Scotland’s ASLEE Project

Scotland’s ASLEE Project

The Atlantic coast of Scotland has some of the best renewable energy generation potential in Europe, but developments are being compromised by grid constraints. This is severely hindering economic development in some of their most vulnerable communities. New uses for electricity in areas that are currently grid constrained…

Lumen raises $13M for spirulina extract

Lumen raises $13M for spirulina extract

Seattle, WA-based Lumen Bioscience, a synthetic biotechnology company developing a novel bio-based product development platform, has raised $13 million of new capital, including a Series A investment round totaling $11.2M and a $1.8M grant from the US Department of Energy. The financing was led by Avista…

Developing an integrated algal biorefinery

Developing an integrated algal biorefinery

Yogendra Shastri writes in sciencetrends.com about a recently published study that proposes an integrated biorefinery – co-producing fuel, a low-value high-volume product, with other value-added products such as protein, reduced sugar, and polar lipids – which are high value and low volume…

Stelco and Pond Technologies to build commercial CO2 abatement plant

Stelco and Pond Technologies to build commercial CO2 abatement plant

Stelco Algae Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stelco Inc., one of Canada’s leading integrated steel companies, and algal cultivation specialists Pond Technologies Inc., of Markham, Ontario, Canada…

A Green Friendship Bridge for Puerto Rico?

A Green Friendship Bridge for Puerto Rico?

The Green Friendship Bridge proposes to shift 1% of the cost for Trump’s proposed wall to build peace microfarms throughout Mexico and Central America. The Friendship Bridge will advance freedom, peace and prosperity rather than constructing an ugly and largely useless barrier. Puerto Rico needs…

Space 10 Algae Pavilion

Space 10 Algae Pavilion

This week’s installment of the Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores an algae-producing pavilion by research lab Space10, which demonstrates how buildings could help feed urban populations sustainably in the future. Presented at the annual Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen, Space10’s Algae Dome comprised a four-meter-high wooden structure…

Felcra, Algatech sign MoU for algae production

Felcra, Algatech sign MoU for algae production

TheBorneoPost.com reports that Felcra Berhad, a corporate organization wholly owned by the Malaysian Government, and Malaysia-based algae producer Algatech International Sdn Bhd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore and develop the algae industry with the focus… [Read the full story]

Chemical communication between algae and bacteria

Chemical communication between algae and bacteria

If green algae of the species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii meet Pseudomonas protegens bacteria, their fate is sealed. The bacteria, measuring only some two micrometers, surround the algae, which are around five times larger, and attack them with a deadly toxic cocktail. The algae lose their flagella, which renders…

Converting algae to bioplastic for 3D printing

Converting algae to bioplastic for 3D printing

Ali Morris writes in dezeen.com that Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have developed a bioplastic made from algae, which they believe could completely replace synthetic plastics over time. The algae polymer could be used to make everything from shampoo bottles to tableware to rubbish bins…

Algae Foundation gears up coursework

Algae Foundation gears up coursework

At the recent Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City Algae Foundation President Ira Levine shared this year’s advancements in algal-based education for K-14 and beyond. The past year has been an eventful year for the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC), which is chartered to design, build…