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 by flashes of blue light…

GEA easyscale separator for research and teaching

GEA easyscale separator for research and teaching

GEA Westfalia has introduced a new separator designed for the downstream requirements in white biotechnology processes in research laboratories and universities. The GEA easyscale is a basic machine with a universal frame, which can be fitted with one of four bowl variants depending on…

BlueOcean’s algae production system

BlueOcean’s algae production system

BlueOcean NutraSciences (BOC,) based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has developed a proprietary algae production system to economically produce high value algae products targeted at the rapidly growing nutraceutical health and wellness markets. The core technology in BOC’s algae production system is its patented…

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…

Heliae and SCHOTT increasing PBR efficiency

Heliae and SCHOTT increasing PBR efficiency

Tubular glass photobioreactor (PBR) systems protect algae from harmful environmental factors, keeping strains safer from bio-contamination. The glass tubing itself can be resistant to ultraviolet light, chemicals, scratches, and corrosion. But perhaps the most important benefit of closed glass PBR systems is…

Developing software to monitor and control photobioreactors

Developing software to monitor and control photobioreactors

Algae Lab Systems provides monitoring and control systems for two industries: the commercial algae growing industry and the aquaculture industry. Their systems enable customers to optimize their productivity, and save them time by automating their quality control processes. They provide a turnkey Photobioreactor…

Scientists offer plan to recycle algal blooms

Scientists offer plan to recycle algal blooms

A multi-pronged nutrient bio-remediation system is the goal of a team of scientists who will present their research this week for cleaning up algae blooms in critical waterways and turning them into useful products. Their work will be discussed at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society…

Phenometrics releases Algal Command v. 2.0 for PBR101

Phenometrics releases Algal Command v. 2.0 for PBR101

Lansing, Michigan-based Phenometrics, Inc., maker of the PBR101 photo-bioreactor for optimization of biomass or products derived from algae, has announced the release of the next generation of their User Interface, Algal Command v. 2.0. New features include greater experimental options and controls…

3D printing with algae

3D printing with algae

In an article in the latest issue of Engineering in Life Sciences, Lisa-Marie Rauschendorfer writes about a rarely discussed application of microalgae. As they are sensitive to a range of contaminants, they also can be used as biosensors. The harvesting of cells for such applications from suspensions traditionally…

New separator lines for processing algae


New separator lines for processing algae


GEA Westfalia has launched a new separator generation for the concentration of algae, designated algaeprime and algaepro. The prime series, with its capacity range from 100 to 23,000 l/h, is intended for research and development, as well as start-up companies. It offers high flexibility for processing all types of algae…

New method for drying microalgae

New method for drying microalgae

A team of researchers from the University of Almeria (UAL) has patented a method for dehydrating microalgae and producing cheaper biofuel. By applying a technique for drying the algae, scientists from the biotechnology group managed to reduce by more than one third the breeding ground of these organisms…

QMAB launches BAYA® microalgal biofuel

QMAB launches BAYA® microalgal biofuel

Iran-based Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery Co. (QMAB) has launched a biofuel being marketed as BAYA®, produced from a species of Nannochloropsis (strain 6016) isolated from the Persian Gulf, and employing QMAB’s unique process of scaled up cultivation and biofuel production…

Cyanotech investing big in solar

Cyanotech investing big in solar

Kona, Hawaii’s Cyanotech Corporation, a global producer of microalgae nutritional supplements, has announced the installation of its new solar array by Neighborhood Power Company (NPC). The 2,280 panel array sits on 1.3 acres of Cyanotech’s 90-acre microalgae farm, and will produce 1,147,000 kilowatt…

MicroBio Engineering’s Algae Raceway package

MicroBio Engineering’s Algae Raceway package

MicroBio Engineering, Inc., of San Luis Obispo, California, has introduced a full suite of open pond microalgae growth systems designed for quick deployment of research- and pilot-scale…

Turning bad algae into good algae

Turning bad algae into good algae

William & Mary scientists are rebooting their algae biofuel initiative, aiming to build on opportunities brought about by new processes, new funding and newly patented apparatus. The biofuel collaboration involves a number of researchers from William…

NASA Mars technology studying algae on home planet

NASA Mars technology studying algae on home planet

Engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland are using NASA Glenn remote sensing technology, previously developed for Mars exploration, to learn more about the Lake Erie algal bloom…

New Zealand scientists developing high-value algae technology

New Zealand scientists developing high-value algae technology

New Zealand’s biotech sector has received a boost with the launch of a highly sophisticated, multi-vessel photobioreactor, designed and built by scientists at Cawthron Institute…

Ion-selective Electrode (ISE) and Optical Infrared Sensors Compared

Ion-selective Electrode (ISE) and Optical Infrared Sensors Compared

Reliable carbon dioxide measurement and control are important in algae and bio-fuel production. When comparing CO2 measurement devices, vendors offer both ion-selective electrode (ISE) probe sensors…

Does Biostimulation Accelerate Algae Growth?

Does Biostimulation Accelerate Algae Growth?

Algae and bacteria are the fastest growing organisms on our planet. A single algae cell can produce over one million daughter cells in one day. Is this fast enough? All algae producers are limited by sustainable…

Proterro reaches sugar-making milestones for scalability

Proterro reaches sugar-making milestones for scalability

“Proterro has reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones,” CEO Kef Kasdin reported at the recent Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, in Washington, D.C. “In four months of…

Algae Lab Systems’ Central Oversight for large-scale algae farms

Algae Lab Systems’ Central Oversight for large-scale algae farms

As the number of photobioreactors in an algae growing operation increases, there is a need for both autonomous control and monitoring of individual PBRs, as well as centralized oversight and control from…

OriginOil partners to test algae feed for shellfish

OriginOil partners to test algae feed for shellfish

OriginOil Inc. has recently agreed to a collaborative exchange of equipment and information with the Catalina Sea Ranch, the first offshore shellfish ranch in U.S. Federal waters…

Cultivating algae in cool climates, like Finland

Cultivating algae in cool climates, like Finland

The cultivation of algae for biofuels and other products is challenging in cool climates where there is little daylight in winter. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation…

USPTO Issues Notice of Allowance to Proterro for photobioreactor protector

USPTO Issues Notice of Allowance to Proterro for photobioreactor protector

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a notice of allowance to Proterro, Inc., for a device patent that protects the company’s…

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