Reports of algal biofuel’s death greatly exaggerated

Reports of algal biofuel’s death greatly exaggerated

In an article in Forbes magazine in October — An Algal Biofuel Obituary — Robert Rapier, a chemical engineer in the energy industry, discussed the overhyped biofuel companies in the algae space, and the failures of numerous start-ups that couldn’t deliver on their promises, after hundreds of millions…

Cyanotech gives FlowCam a workout

Cyanotech gives FlowCam a workout

Cyanotech Corporation produces the BioAstin and Spirulina Pacifica lines of high-quality microalgae products for human health and nutrition. They are produced in a sustainable, reliable, and environmentally sensitive operation based out of Kailua Kona, HI…

Mazda backs carbon-neutral biofuel research

Mazda backs carbon-neutral biofuel research

Mazda U.K. has announced that they are currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae. As part of its “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030” long-term technology…

SWALG to promote algae in Switzerland

SWALG to promote algae in Switzerland

The Swiss Algae Consortium Association (SWALG) was founded in May 2018 as a non-profit organization that serves as a platform for algae-related activities in Switzerland and beyond. The aim of the organization is to promote research, development and commercialization of algal technology through knowledge…

Global scientists strategize on macroalgal ecosystems

Global scientists strategize on macroalgal ecosystems

Twenty eight scientists from nine countries are this week meeting at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, as part of a Working Group to develop a strategy for monitoring macroalgal ecosystems around the world. The meeting has been organized…

Algae becoming a sustainable feedstock for bioplastics

Algae becoming a sustainable feedstock for bioplastics

The demand for bioplastics is growing globally. Major consumer brands are investing in bioplastics as an opportunity to lower their environmental footprint, including Lego, and Danone, among others. Indeed, the rising demand for bioplastics is influencing the next generation of material choices for packaging and consumer goods…

Profit model for co-products at algal biorefineries

Profit model for co-products at algal biorefineries

Annie Megan Santamaria writes from Mumbai, India, in researchmatters.in that, in a new study, Prof. Yogendra Shastri and his team from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) have designed a computer simulation tool that can take into account the demand…

Microalgae repository inaugurated in India

Microalgae repository inaugurated in India

Thehindu.com reports that Sangita M. Kasture, Joint Director of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at India’s Bharathidasan University, said during the recent Inauguration of the National Repository for Micro-algae and Cyanobacteria-Freshwater, that the Centre had recently approved a national policy…

John Innes Centre takes a closer look at algal blooms

John Innes Centre takes a closer look at algal blooms

Scientists at the John Innes Centre, located in Norwich, Norfolk, England, are relying on automatic photobioreactors from Algenuity to look more closely at algal blooms. “Our work so far has centered on the Prymnesiumgolden algae,” said Professor Rob Field, a Project Leader at the Centre. “These produce a toxin lethal…

On the optimal production of astaxanthin

On the optimal production of astaxanthin

The numerous benefits of natural astaxanthin for brain health, eye health, healthy aging, cardiovascular health, muscle endurance/recovery and skin health are supported by extensive research, including more than 50 human clinical studies and 1,400 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Although astaxanthin can be found…

Algenuity launches MERIT project for pharmaceutical development

Algenuity launches MERIT project for pharmaceutical development

Algae technology development and licensing company, Algenuity, based in Stewartby, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, has launched the MicroalgaE as Renewable Innovative green cell facTories (MERIT) project, a three-year ERA…

First Grads for ATEC college program

First Grads for ATEC college program

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) has announced its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their…

Could algae replace grain in animal feed?

Could algae replace grain in animal feed?

Today’s agricultural feed cultivation for cattle, pigs and chicken comes with tremendous impacts for the environment and climate. Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help to alleviate the critical implications in the agricultural food supply chain. Protein-rich microbes, produced…

“AmazonSmile” program to support student algal research

“AmazonSmile” program to support student algal research

The Algae Foundation has launched an initiative with AmazonSmile to support the Foundation’s K-12 STEM project, The Algae Academy, and reach more students through this algae outreach program. AmazonSmile is an Amazon service that allows a buyer to donate a portion of their purchase to a charity/non-profit…

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 Biotechnology Seminar in San Diego

Algae Biotechnology Seminar in San Diego

For those fortunate enough to live in the San Diego area, Cleantech San Diego will be hosting a free algae biotechnology seminar on Reversing Climate Change on Friday, April 13. Organized by the California Center for Algae Biotechnology, the seminar will feature Dr. Mark Huntley, from the University of Hawaii…

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…

Workshop: Apogee’s French cultivation method for spirulina

Workshop: Apogee’s French cultivation method for spirulina

Apogee Spirulina, in association with Santa Fe Community College will be offering a four-day workshop on the French cultivation method for spirulina. The comprehensive, one-of-its-kind, course will include three days of hands-on Artisan Spirulina farming. The Spirulina portion of the course will be taught…

Algatech tracks Israel’s booming food-tech industry

Algatech tracks Israel’s booming food-tech industry

“The Israeli food-tech industry has been growing in leaps and bounds in recent years and is taking a leading role worldwide with a broad range of innovative companies and institutions that provide solutions for the changing demands of the global food industry,” says Israel Export Institute food-tech manager Sahar Yazdanpour…

LIFE ALGAECAN project to cultivate algae, treat waste

LIFE ALGAECAN project to cultivate algae, treat waste

Huercasa, a leading company in the production of processed vegetable products at European level, is participating in the LIFE ALGAECAN Project, which is funded by the European Union through LIFE, a financial instrument used by the Union to provide support to environmental projects…

Boliden grows algae to reduce emissions

Boliden grows algae to reduce emissions

The “Microalgae cultivation for treatment of process emissions from the metals industry” project, which is being financed by the Swedish Energy Agency, started recently and will run for two years at Boliden Bergsöe, where, among other things, lead from lead batteries is recycled. “We need metals for a wide variety of…

Algae-based wastewater treatment in South Africa

Algae-based wastewater treatment in South Africa

Globally, an increase in water pollution is pushing scientists and environmental care specialists to seek best ways of preserving and maintaining sources of safe drinking water. In South Africa, areas such as the greater Sekhukhune District Municipality in Limpopo are experiencing huge water quality and sanitation challenges…

AQUASUS project treating wastewater from fish farms

AQUASUS project treating wastewater from fish farms

Daniel Farrell writes in xcoastmonkey about an innovative new project led by University College Cork (UCC), in Ireland, that will use duckweed and algae to treat wastewater from fish farms. The project AQUASUS has just received €230,000 in funding under the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), administered…

Consortium launches online algae intro course

Consortium launches online algae intro course

A new online course in algae basics has just been made available by Coursera for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of algae. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Introduction to Algae, was produced at the University of San Diego and is being taught by Drs. Steve Mayfield of UCSD and Ira “Ike” Levine…

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