NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

NMSU, Las Cruces Utilities partner on biofuel project

Suzanne Michaels and Isabel Walters report for the Las Cruces Sun-News that New Mexico State University professors have joined with Las Cruces Utilities on a project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy using algae to clean wastewater and produce biofuels…

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

A French chef feeds spirulina to hungry kids

Natacha Tatu writes in Worldcrunch about a 72-year old French chef who has taken on the challenge of bringing spirulina to the malnourished youth of the Central Africa. Freddy owns a restaurant, the Relais de Chasse (hunting lodge), a popular eatery in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic…

Utilization key to carbon capture with algae

Utilization key to carbon capture with algae

Using microalgae to capture CO2 is a complex process, especially in flue gas environments, reports an editorial by IEA Clean Coal Centre in worldcoal.com. There are many factors to consider, such as CO2 concentration, presence of pollutants in the flue gas, the initial inoculation density, culture temperature…

Algae-based bio-asphalt for greener roads

Algae-based bio-asphalt for greener roads

Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distillation) — are poured over an aggregate of crushed stone and sand. The asphalt acts as a glue, binding the mixture together to form asphalt concrete…

Australia’s dairy problem, and algae solution

Australia’s dairy problem, and algae solution

There are around 4500 dairy farms in Victoria, Australia, according to Business Victoria. Together they produced about 86 per cent of Australia’s dairy product exports, worth almost $2 billion, in 2011-12. The wastewater generated from daily cleaning is a dairy product that has been an issue of concern…

EnAlgae winds down with two legacies

EnAlgae winds down with two legacies

EnAlgae, the North West Europe collaboration of 19 partners and 14 observers aiming to reduce CO2 emissions and dependency on unsustainable energy sources – that began in March 2011 ­– will officially end on 30th June 2015. “This is the last year for the EnAlgae project, and the summer will see the unveiling…

Cleaning de-icing wastewater with algae

Cleaning de-icing wastewater with algae

The process of de-icing aircrafts leaves wastewater that contains glycol. Some years ago, Schiphol, in the Netherlands, experimented with algae to break down this type of wastewater in an environmentally friendly manner. In the pilot project, the water containing glycol was treated over a period of two years in an aerobic…

Algae in the waste-to-fuel cycle

Algae in the waste-to-fuel cycle

John O’Renick, in this insightful piece from the Portland (Oregon) Tribune, writes about the problems we create from treating waste streams as garbage to be disposed of instead of assets for energy production. He suggests that, by using integrated biotechnologies to extract energy as efficiently as possible…

PERC takes algal wastewater remediation to next level

PERC takes algal wastewater remediation to next level

Although removal of nutrients from wastewater by algae is well established in India, Phycospectrum Environmental Research Centre (PERC) claims to be the first organization in India to take microalgal technology successfully to other industries. India’s first large-scale phycoremediation (algae based remediation) plant…

A.I.M. Interview: SFCC’s Luke Spangenburg

A.I.M. Interview: SFCC’s Luke Spangenburg

The vision of developing a community college degree program to train a high technology algae workforce was launched at New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in 2009. Charles Bensinger assembled the program, with state funding, to start this trained labor pipeline to the Sapphires, Solazymes and…

Tata’s carbon capture project succeeding

Tata’s carbon capture project succeeding

Scientific representatives from the EnAlgae consortium are announcing preliminary results this week from a key algal carbon capture project in the works at Britain’s largest steel production factory. EnAlgae, a four-year Strategic Initiative bringing together 19 partners and 14 observers across seven EU Member…

Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webinar

Future of Sustainable Transportation Fuels Webinar

A new forum has been created at Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ, to examine the future of transportation fuels. As the fuel industry continues to see peaks and valleys in market prices and availability, it is the time for researchers, consumers and leaders to come together and discuss the critical issues…

ABSIG promoting algae as tool in ecosystem services

ABSIG promoting algae as tool in ecosystem services

The objective of the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is to facilitate the development of a robust and sustainable algal industry in the UK while raising awareness of the important role algae play in the provision of ecosystem services. Ecosystems services are the benefits that humans obtain from ecosystems…

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s Bryn Davis

In January of this year, after six months of plummeting oil prices, Sapphire Energy CEO James E. Levine announced that the company – with eight years and $300+ million of investment into drop-in algal biofuels – “is moving forward with its vision of commercializing its technology through several end markets.” The new…

Getting to the bottom of algae blooms, Part 2

Getting to the bottom of algae blooms, Part 2

As the summer approaches in North America, so does the increased scientific activity around the Great Lakes in search of answers and solutions to the type of out-of-control cyanobacteria that left 400,000 people in Michigan and Ohio without drinkable tap water for two days last August…

US agencies creating algal bloom early warning system

US agencies creating algal bloom early warning system

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing an early warning indicator system using historical and current satellite data to detect algal blooms. EPA researchers will develop a mobile app to inform water quality managers of changes in water quality using satellite data on cyanobacteria…

BETO on algal renewable energy

BETO on algal renewable energy

The US Energy Department Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Deputy Director Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed’s commentary, “Algal Progress Report,” was published in the February edition of the bimonthly research journal Industrial Biotechnology. Her commentary details the promise of algae…

Microalgae carbon sequestration in India

Microalgae carbon sequestration in India

The first Indian state to implement the Climate Change Action Plan, Odisha, is now also the first state to pilot carbon sequestration through microalgae technology successfully. This accomplishment was recognized at an international seminar on Carbon Sequestration held recently in Odisha…

Producing bioethanol and co-products from macroalgae

Producing bioethanol and co-products from macroalgae

K. S. Rajgopal writes in thehindu.com about a new study that demonstrates how macroalgal biomass from Gelidiella acerosa and Gracilaria dura collected from Adri and Veraval, both on the west coast of India, and Gelidium pusillum collected from Valinokam on the southeast coast could be used in a biorefinery process…

Algae-based wastewater system for Cape Cod

Algae-based wastewater system for Cape Cod

CapeCod.com writes about a man in Yarmouth, Massachusetts trying to solve the region’s water quality woes by pursuing a pilot program that uses algae both to remove nutrients from wastewater and also to power the process. Brian Braginton-Smith, president and CEO of AquaGen Infrastructure Systems…

In search of clean water for Jordan

In search of clean water for Jordan

As one of the most water-poor countries in the world, Jordan’s current water resources are significantly below the global water scarcity line. Annual rainfall falls under 50mm in 95% of the country and nearly all the groundwater sources are being seriously overexploited. Experts are warning that the country…

Algae Systems making waves

Algae Systems making waves

Don Willmott writes in Huffington Post about Nevada-based Algae Systems, which has built a test plant on Alabama’s Mobile Bay to not only turn algae into diesel fuel but also to extract potable water out of sewage and manufacture fertilizer. The company grows indigenous algae in a nursery and scales it up in a greenhouse…

Algix and CA waste treatment plant talking algae for plastics

Algix and CA waste treatment plant talking algae for plastics

Kevin Valine at the Modesto Bee writes that the California city of Modesto may sell the algae that grows in its roughly 1,000 acres of sewer ponds at its Jennings Road wastewater treatment plant to Algix, a Mississippi-based company that dries the algae and turns it into pellets to make biodegradable plastic…

Algae’s potential in Pakistan

Algae’s potential in Pakistan

Pakistan is a developing country in South Asia at the northern boundary of the Arabian Sea. It lies between 23-37º N and 31-81º E., and is comprised of four provinces: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K.P.K), the Punjab, Baluchistan and Sindh, and includes some portion of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir…

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