RFS important, even with abundant energy

RFS important, even with abundant energy

On December 10, 2014, the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) urged Congress and the EPA to recognize the value and importance of a stable Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for algae biofuel development. A Statement for the Record was presented to the House Oversight and Government Reform…

Fuel4me consortium targets 2017

Fuel4me consortium targets 2017

Europe’s Fuel4me consortium is driven by the urgent need of transforming the planet’s energy model into a sustainable one – reflecting the European and global energy goals of reducing CO2 emissions, finding alternatives to fossil fuels and fostering renewable energies. Members of the consortium, assembled in 2013…

Phyconet’s 5-year plan for algae

Phyconet’s 5-year plan for algae

Launched in January 2014 and operating over the course of five years, Phyconet is a UK-based network enabling biologists, engineers and industrial partners to “consolidate their knowledge and expertise to unlock the IB potential of microalgae.” Officially, it is a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council…

Rwandan schools fight malnutrition with spirulina

Rwandan schools fight malnutrition with spirulina

Xinhua News Agency reports that under the guidance of their principals many primary schools in Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali have started to grow spirulina, as part of a global UN World Food Program (WFP) school feeding campaign, launched in 2001, that aims to improve nutrition and health education…

EnAlgae showcases for European Parliament

EnAlgae showcases for European Parliament

EnAlgae scientists recently held a project showcase at the European Parliament in Brussels with the aim of informing politicians about how algae can play a role in a more sustainable future. Led by Swansea University and funded by the European Union under the INTERREG IVB North West Europe program, the EnAlgae…

Algae in Belgium, Pt. 2: Thomas More’s PBR

Algae in Belgium, Pt. 2: Thomas More’s PBR

On September 25, 2014, a photobioreactor for the cultivation of algae was officially unveiled during a seminar at Thomas More University College in Mechelen, Belgium. Under SUNBUILT, a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and…

Returning frozen algae to life at NREL

Returning frozen algae to life at NREL

At the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and at dozens of other labs nationwide, cryogenically stored algae emerge from their frigid and foggy environment to live again…

Exploring algae in Mexico as aquaculture feedstock

Exploring algae in Mexico as aquaculture feedstock

Gulf Seafood News Editor Ed Lallo writes that world aquaculture is at a crossroads regarding one of its largest issues, fish in for fish out ratios. Approximately one third of the world’s fish catch is used…

Arizona looks to lead algae biofuel research

Arizona looks to lead algae biofuel research

Arizona is taking advantage of its open land and ample sunshine to assume a leadership position in the algae biofuel field. The state is home to two national algae testbed programs for research and development…

Biofuels waiting for a decision on the RFS

Biofuels waiting for a decision on the RFS

U.S. farmers and biofuels makers are watching for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard rules, which will set the amount of biofuels, such as ethanol…

Algae Systems eyes biofuels commercialization

Algae Systems eyes biofuels commercialization

Algae Systems, a five-year-old start-up, announced last month that it has completed a pilot plant in Daphne, Alabama, and demonstrated the ability to produce algae biofuel at a price lower than the current cost of fuel…

Vertical algae farm on display

Vertical algae farm on display

Emily Frost writes that amid a mob of strollers, toddlers, nannies and parents crowding the lobby of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in New York City, a wall of 88 plastic bottles gurgles away, with the containers getting greener each day as algae grows…

Algenol vs. the Environmental Protection Agency

Algenol vs. the Environmental Protection Agency

Chase Ezell writes in Earth911.com about the irony of Algenol’s biggest friction source on the way to marketing their carbon reducing algal-based ethanol being — the EPA itself…

Finding work in the algae industry: the case of Elizabeth Hayes

Finding work in the algae industry: the case of Elizabeth Hayes

Many of those in the algae industry trained via the programs offered through graduate schools, as well as state colleges and universities, and community colleges. Emily Hill writes in AL.com about Daphne, Alabama…

Algae Energy Farm developing cattle feed

Algae Energy Farm developing cattle feed

The University of Queensland has established an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Established by UQ’s School…

ABS tours feature lab-to-commercial developments

ABS tours feature lab-to-commercial developments

Bookending the upcoming Algae Biomass Summit, Sept. 29-Oct.2 in San Diego, will be industry tours to give attendees a first-hand look at the latest progress in technical and commercial developments…

Israel’s Grow Spirulina selling home kits

Israel’s Grow Spirulina selling home kits

Israel’s Tom Vered started the Grow Spirulina project to offer top-of-the line indoor Spirulina-growing kits at affordable prices for both beginners and experienced growers. Besides being a one-stop shop for kits…

Georgia Tech researchers start Algae Feed Project

Georgia Tech researchers start Algae Feed Project

A group of researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute want to use innovative agriculture to help some of the world’s poorest communities with food security. They are currently raising funds to work with Zanmi…

Controlling contamination in open algae ponds

Controlling contamination in open algae ponds

Biofuels derived from the oils produced by algae may offer a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. To achieve this goal, optimization of cost effective strategies for large-scale algae cultivation…

Spirulina farmers face challenges in Myanmar

Spirulina farmers face challenges in Myanmar

Kyae Mone Win reports in the Myanmar Times that spirulina has been harvested from Twin Daung lake in Sagaing’s Bu Ta Lin township for over a decade, but climate change and diverted rivers are being blamed…

Algae cultivation making headway at Wageningen

Algae cultivation making headway at Wageningen

Four years after the first optimistic calculations, the experimental cultivation of algae at Wageningen University in the Netherlands appears to be meeting expectations. Production costs have been more…

EPA: Think CCU for CO2

EPA: Think CCU for CO2

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) released the following statement calling on the EPA to include Carbon Capture and Utilization strategies in rules proposed June 2, 2014, that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants…

US Navy says, “algae biofuel represents great potential”

US Navy says, “algae biofuel represents great potential”

The similarities between the U.S. Navy and civilian cities and industry may not be readily apparent, said Dennis McGinn, U.S. Navy Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment, but in the…

Chilean scientists using seaweed to protect fruit exports

Chilean scientists using seaweed to protect fruit exports

A group of Chilean scientists, the Interdisciplinary Group of Marine Biotechnology (GIBMAR,) is developing bioactive paper by using a mixture of seaweed biomass and recycled waste paper to protect fruit exports…

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