Tesla-inspired Euglena bets big on algal jet fuel

Tesla-inspired Euglena bets big on algal jet fuel

JapanNews.com reports that Euglena Co., a Tokyo-based maker of nutritional supplements, is spending ¥5.8 billion ($5.3 million USD) on building a test refinery that converts algae into biofuel used to power jets and vehicles. The investment is equal to about half of last year’s total revenue for the company, though it will…

IDEA’s value chain of algae production

IDEA’s value chain of algae production

The aim of IDEA, a new project in the European Interreg North-West Europe programme, with partners in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Ireland, is to optimize the algae value chain, from local production to storage and handling, in such a way that it becomes a viable, economically relevant industry…

Algae products market projects $5.17 billion by 2023

Algae products market projects $5.17 billion by 2023

The algae products market is estimated to be USD $3.98 Billion in 2018 and is projected to reach a value of USD $5.17 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 5.4%, according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets: “Algae Products Market by Type (Lipids, Carrageenan, Carotenoids, Alginate, and Algal Protein)…

Improving the production of biohydrogen and biochemicals

Improving the production of biohydrogen and biochemicals

Phys.Org reports that a joint study by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has shown that the ability of photosynthesizing microbial cells to produce biohydrogen from solar energy can be markedly improved by attaching the cells to a transparent nanocellulose film. The method is…

Iridescent algae glow with their own “opals”

Iridescent algae glow with their own “opals”

Rainbow wrack (Cystoseira tamariscifolia) is a type of brown alga found in the Mediterranean Sea and off the Atlantic coast of Europe. In the water, these algae glow. And although there are many glimmering organisms that live in the water, such as bioluminescent jellyfish and lantern fish, most produce their own light…

Fossilized algae hold promise for improved food safety

Fossilized algae hold promise for improved food safety

Researchers have used fossilized algae to take a key step toward being able to more sensitively detect harmful contaminants in food. The findings are important because each year 48 million people get sick from tainted food, 128,000 end up in the hospital, and 3,000 die, according to the Centers for Disease Control…

MicroSynbiotiX using transgenic microalgae to deliver vaccines

MicroSynbiotiX using transgenic microalgae to deliver vaccines

Trish Dromey writes in irishexaminer.com that Cork, Ireland, startup MicroSynbiotiX is aiming to help the aquaculture industry achieve a major breakthrough in the war against fish disease by developing a novel delivery platform for the oral immunization of fish and shrimp stocks. Using transgenic microalgae to deliver…

Using algae to cut antibiotics in feed

Using algae to cut antibiotics in feed

French researchers have been exploring the potential of algae for boosting the immune systems of animals and reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock farming. Past studies have shown that the cell wall of macroalgae contains large quantities of sulphated polysaccharides. These have a range of biological properties, including…

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage

Algae with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage

The University of Hawaii at Hilo announced that in affiliation with Duke and Cornell Universities, researchers have authored a study that suggests making croplands more efficient through algae production could unlock an important negative emission technology to combat climate change. Their research, “Integrating Algae…

Polaris to launch new omega-3 product

Polaris to launch new omega-3 product

Polaris has launched Omegavie® DHA 650 Qualitysilver®5 high concentrate & highly performing omega-3 algal oil, produced in France from sustainable sources of microalgae. Omegavie oils benefit from Polaris’ unique 5th generation of Qualitysilver process, making it ultra-stable. This patented technology…

Synthesizing benzene from microalgal oils

Synthesizing benzene from microalgal oils

Green Car Congress reports that researchers at the University of Konstanz in Germany have now developed a two-step, one-pot process for the synthesis of benzene from the five-fold unsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a component of microalgae oils. Their paper is published in the RSC journal…

Streptophyte algae triggered first land plants

Streptophyte algae triggered first land plants

About 510 million years ago, life thrived in Earth’s oceans and freshwater lakes, writes John McPhee in the (Nova Scotia) Chronicle Herald. The ancient ancestors of sea urchins, starfish and jellyfish abounded, as did plants such as red and green algae. There was life on land as well but in much more subtle forms…

Algatech invests in Supreme Health

Algatech invests in Supreme Health

Israeli-based Algatechnologies, Ltd. (Algatech) has become the major shareholder in Supreme Health New Zealand, Ltd. (Supreme) to supply the rapidly growing markets in China and Asia-Pacific with astaxanthin and other algae-based products. Algatech, located in the Arava… [Read the full story]

Yucatan entrepreneurs create seaweed fertilizer

Yucatan entrepreneurs create seaweed fertilizer

theyucatantimes.com is running a story about a group of young entrepreneurs in Yucatan, Mexico, that have consolidated a project that converts the algae accumulated on the beaches into 100% organic fertilizer for agro-industrial and domestic use. Salgax Biotecnología Marina Aplicada has created a…

Why Hydrothermal Liquefaction hasn’t taken off yet

Why Hydrothermal Liquefaction hasn’t taken off yet

Wenguang Zhou writes in Sciencetrends.com about work recently published in the journal Bioresource Technology regarding why Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of microalgae — a bio-oil technology which does not require dewatering and drying of algal biomass — up to now, has rarely been commercialized…