Muradel refocuses Whyalla biofuel venture

Muradel refocuses Whyalla biofuel venture

Valerina Changarathil writes in Adelaide Now that the Whyalla, Australia-based commercial biofuel producer Muradel will receive a new federal grant next month to start scaling up its demonstration plant as it refocuses on new feedstock. Muradel did not disclose the grant amount while still being finalized…

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

Algae + Papaya = Biofuel

At the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Lisa Keith has spent the past five years fine-tuning conditions under which Chlorella protothecoides algae can be coaxed into producing oil from discarded papayas and other unmarketable…

Algae helping forensic teams catch criminals

Algae helping forensic teams catch criminals

Kirstie R Scott, of University College London Centre for the Forensic Sciences and the Environmental Change Research Centre writes in com about how algae are being used to solve crimes and track down criminals. Microscopic algae, particularly diatoms, can be picked up from virtually anywhere there is water — seas, lakes…

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Spirulina growing as a food colorant

Tom Coultate, author of Food: the Chemistry of its Components, writes for Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry that the move from synthetic to “natural” food colorants has not been as simple as might be imagined. For example. the anthocyanins – abundant in fruit – work well in the mildly acidic environments of soft drinks…

Chicago water consortia engages algae research

Chicago water consortia engages algae research

Ally Marotti writes in the Chicago Tribune that a new public-private partnership led by World Business Chicago, called Current, is uniting Chicago’s entrepreneurs, researchers and utility companies to solve water problems by bringing water research out of labs and putting it into the hands of companies and utilities…

Algae-based feed could reduce CO2 levels

Algae-based feed could reduce CO2 levels

A new peer-reviewed study, reported by the Algae Biomass Organization, has shown that widespread use of algae in animal feed could help limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100 and possibly even turn back the clock, bringing atmospheric carbon concentrations down to preindustrial levels…

Craft breweries bet on algae technology

Craft breweries bet on algae technology

John Wiegand writes for MiBiz.com that, as the craft brewing industry matures, many West Michigan producers have started seeking out technology that provides sustainable solutions to common issues. Brewers’ lean manufacturing experience has positioned them to be more willing to invest in energy…

Microalgal technology replaces bacterial bioremediation

Microalgal technology replaces bacterial bioremediation

India-based Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC) has installed a 550 KL treatment facility at Pasupati Acrylon, an acrylic fibre manufacturing industry in India. PERC has installed similar facilities based on microalgal technology in a number of industries in India and Colombia…

Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

The high concentration of nutrients in wastewaters and in effluents of agro-industrial processes, particularly total N and P, is an environmental problem, and requires costly chemical-based treatments to remove them during wastewater treatment. The ability of microalgae to effectively grow in nutrient-rich…

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels…

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

Algae Fuels boosted by NREL process

A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research. The process, dubbed Combined Algal Processing (CAP), is detailed in a new paper by NREL’s…

Bangladesh looking for algae developers

Bangladesh looking for algae developers

Bangladesh will have 200 million inhabitants by 2050, which will lead to national challenges in terms of food and energy supply, as well as overall sustainability. Bangladesh has been ranked a lower-middle income country for its improved economic performance…

Senegalese move from fishing to sea farming

Senegalese move from fishing to sea farming

Jori Lewis writes that in Senegal’s capital city, Dakar, the age-old profession of fishing is giving way to catching a specific kind of red seaweed, Meristotheca senegalensis, that flourishes in Ngor’s Bay and during a certain time of year washes up on the sand. But what washes up is just a portion of…

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…

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…

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…

Picatinny Arsenal uses algae to recycle propellant

Picatinny Arsenal uses algae to recycle propellant

The Picatinny Arsenal is an American military research and manufacturing facility located on 6,400 acres of land in New Jersey. It is the headquarters of the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, and the Army’s center of expertise for small arms cartridge ammunition…

Replacing rice farming with algaculture

Replacing rice farming with algaculture

A growing number of villages along the Bengal coastline have been plagued by coastal erosion, repeated cyclones and floods — thanks to climate change. As much as 200 meters of coastline have been disappearing annually, according to a 2013 Zoological Society of London study. This has spelled disaster for rice farming…

Algae Systems upgrades direct potable reuse

Algae Systems upgrades direct potable reuse

A new wastewater treatment that uses algae technology to clean sewage, in what its backers are calling a “twist” on direct potable reuse (DPR). The idea won an Honorable Mention in Dry Futures, an ideas competition focused on solutions for the California drought. Designer Prentiss Darden paired up with the wastewater…

Help “reset” the algae industry

Help “reset” the algae industry

Yes, push that red reset button to get the algae industry back on track, by nominating players who are making a real and positive contribution in the world of algae. Over this past decade, the Algae Industry has been dominated by big money chasing the mirage of commercial algae biofuels. My March 2011 post “Shakeout in…

NCMA develops cull policy for algal strains

NCMA develops cull policy for algal strains

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) has developed a cull policy to help reduce strain redundancy in their current collection, develop better cost efficiency, and allow room for more diverse and scientifically interesting strains to be accessed. The broad actions of the cull…

Israeli startup harnesses algae to treat wastewater

Israeli startup harnesses algae to treat wastewater

Only 10% of people on Earth have access to safe water, according to the Water Organization, a nonprofit headquartered in Chennai, India. That means 90% may have to drink foul water, at a vast cost to their health. Obstacles to resolving this problem are that two key technologies, wastewater treatment and desalination…

Microalgae water treatment project in Mexico

Microalgae water treatment project in Mexico

The Faculty of Engineering (FI) of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), a Mexican public university based in the city of Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, is carrying out a greenhouse drainage water treatment project using microalgae so that the water can be reused without damaging crops. Dr. Marieke…

NCMA program to identify algal blooms

NCMA program to identify algal blooms

The Provasoli-Guillard National Center for Marine Algae and Macrobiota (NCMA) at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is developing a program to train the next generation of scientists and managers in the taxonomy of harmful marine algae, a key step in rebuilding and maintaining expertise critical to managing the…

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