GNT builds spirulina plant for food colorant

GNT builds spirulina plant for food colorant

The GNT Group, a market leader in using algae as natural ingredients for color, has begun construction of an additional spirulina plant at its headquarters in Mierlo, the Netherlands. The new facility will more than double GNT’s capacity for blue and green food colorants. Currently, the family-based company produces enough…

UK and India collaborate on algal bioenergy production

UK and India collaborate on algal bioenergy production

A joint collaborative program among organizations in the UK and India is developing algae to clean industrial effluent. The program is focused on understanding the interactions between algae and bacteria, with the aim of promoting algal growth for bioenergy production. The project is in collaboration with Plymouth…

Scotland commercializing the biorefinery concept

Scotland commercializing the biorefinery concept

Scotland is planning the move from an oil-based economy to a bio-based future. A key principle of the government’s desire to embrace a more circular economy in the process is the broad application of Industrial Biotechnology (IB). IB applications drive Scotland’s “Biorefinery Roadmap,” specifically…

$300,000 greenhouse for algal innovation accelerator

$300,000 greenhouse for algal innovation accelerator

A $300,000 greenhouse will be constructed, and the Maine Algal Research and Innovation Accelerator (MARIA) will be formed, on the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ campus in East Boothbay this spring, scheduled to begin operations in the fall. Bigelow, an independent not-for-profit research institution…

Qatar expanding algae cultivation program

Qatar expanding algae cultivation program

Joey Aguilar reports for the Gulf Times that the Algal Technologies Programme (ATP) in Qatar will develop a new system to protect its algae cultivation from possible damages caused by evaporation of water and sandstorms. The program, a collaboration among Qatar University (QU), Qatar Airways…

Chinese/Australian microalgae development center

Chinese/Australian microalgae development center

Global Chinese agribusiness Shandong Tianjiu Industrial Group (Tianjiu) has entered into a three-year $1 million (AUS) joint research agreement with South Australia’s Flinders University to expand a world-class microalgae and related advanced marine bioproduct development center. The research collaboration will focus on…

University of Kentucky building 5-acre algae facility in China

University of Kentucky building 5-acre algae facility in China

The Algae and Biofuels Laboratory at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) is partnering with Lianhenghui Investment Company to construct a five-acre algae production facility in Zhengzhou, China. The new facility will feature CAER’s novel photobioreactor technology for growing algae…

$20-million clean tech algae plant coming to Ontario

$20-million clean tech algae plant coming to Ontario

KawarthaNOW reports that Adam Noble, the founder of bioproducts company Noble Tech Inc., has announced plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot production facility at the new Trent Research and Innovation Park in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. The $20-million production facility will offer sustainable solutions…

Sandia launches algae testing facility

Sandia launches algae testing facility

The new algae raceway testing facility, opening February 4 at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, paves a direct path between laboratory research and solving the demand for clean energy, according to lab researchers. “The success of moving technologies from a research…

Startup of Algae.Tec’s nutraceutical facility

Startup of Algae.Tec’s nutraceutical facility

Algae.Tec has announced that it has completed the commissioning and initial startup of an algae production plant to produce algae-based nutraceutical products. The plant is located at the Company’s Manufacturing & Development Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility has an output capacity of up to 50 tons of algae per year…

Former Algaeventure Systems moving HQ to San Diego

Former Algaeventure Systems moving HQ to San Diego

Carrie Ghose writes in Columbus Business First about a Dublin, Ohio startup emerging from the former Algaeventure Systems Inc. that is seeking potential new drugs from within blooms of algae. Biosortia Pharmaceuticals Inc. has raised $500,000 and has recently announced that it is moving its headquarters…

PKN ORLEN to grow algae at Polish refinery

PKN ORLEN to grow algae at Polish refinery

Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen (PKN ORLEN,) a major Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer with operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, and the Baltic States, is starting an R&D project to explore alternative sources of next-generation biocomponents. The Company plans to open a research station…

AlgaeTec cultivation center opens in Munich

AlgaeTec cultivation center opens in Munich

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built a one-of-a-kind technical facility for algae cultivation at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn, to the south of Munich, Germany, in cooperation with Airbus Group. Efficient processes for producing biokerosene and chemical products from algae will be developed there…

Algal biofuel production center launched in India

Algal biofuel production center launched in India

TheHindu.com reports that the Department of Microbiology of Bharathidasan University (BU), in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India, has set up a permanent Microalgal Mass Cultivation Centre for production of cyanobacterial and microalgal biomass that could be converted into biofuel. The Centre was set up at a cost…

DIC opens DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center

DIC opens DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center

Dainippon Ink and Chemicals (DIC Corporation) has opened the DIC/Earthrise Algae Research Center, a leading edge facility that will conduct comprehensive algae-related research in areas ranging from cultivation to practical application. Located on the site of Earthrise Nutritionals, LLC, the DIC Group’s U.S. subsidiary…

Japan’s algae pioneers explore productive strains

Japan’s algae pioneers explore productive strains

With large-scale production at low cost a future possibility, many corporations in Japan are beginning to jump on the algae fuel bandwagon. Heavy industry giant IHI Corp. erected a 1,500-square-meter facility in Kagoshima earlier this year. Commissioned by the central government’s New Energy and Industrial…

DENSO to build test facility for algal biofuels

DENSO to build test facility for algal biofuels

DENSO Corporation, Toyota Motor Corp.’s largest supplier, has announced that it will build a large test facility to culture Pseudochoricystis ellipsoidea – an oil-producing microalga patented by DENSO, used to help reduce CO2 emissions. Located in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Japan, the new facility will…

India’s macroalgae opportunity

India’s macroalgae opportunity

K.N. Murali Sankar writes in the Hindu that macroalgae have been of industrial, human and agricultural value in the Eastern world since ancient times. They gained prominence during the 13th century, after the discovery of agar-agar in Japan and alginic acid on the European continent. For many years seaweeds have…

EnAlgae nearing completion of Algal Innovation Centre

EnAlgae nearing completion of Algal Innovation Centre

EnAlgae has announced that colleagues from Cambridge University, in the UK, are nearing completion on their new Algal Innovation Centre, with construction on the project expected to be complete sometime in October 2015. According to the developers the Algal Innovation Centre will address the requirement…

Algae-based oil facility now in Fukushima

Algae-based oil facility now in Fukushima

The Asahi Shimbun reports that an experimental facility to produce oil from algae was constructed on former farmland that was abandoned after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck the region. The Minami-Soma city government bought abandoned fields in coastal areas, and provided…

Earthrise to produce natural blue food coloring

Earthrise to produce natural blue food coloring

Earthrise Nutritionals, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo, Japan’s DIC Corporation, is on schedule to complete construction in August, 2015, of a new extraction plant for Linablue® Spirulina-derived natural blue food coloring. Construction began in May 2014. After commissioning, commercial production is expected…

Fraunhofer taking algae commercial in Germany

Fraunhofer taking algae commercial in Germany

The fully automated plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, was designed to produce microalgae at industrial scale. It was built by Subitec GmbH — hand in hand with researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB…

Maine algal businesses collaborating for growth

Maine algal businesses collaborating for growth

While aquafarmers in Maine have been harvesting seaweed for nearly 80 years, for a variety of uses and products, in recent years wild harvests have not been able to meet market demand for some species. The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) has stepped in to provide $50,000 to help form a Maine “algal cluster” that…

Japan’s IHI Optimizing Botryococcus braunii for Biofuels

Japan’s IHI Optimizing Botryococcus braunii for Biofuels

Japan’s IHI Corporation has announced that they have succeeded in stably cultivating a modified high-output algal strain in a 1,500 square meter open pond in Kagoshima, Kagoshima, Japan. New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization is supporting the project. This marks an important milestone…

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