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…

Simris ranked among Sweden’s top new tech firms

Simris ranked among Sweden’s top new tech firms

Simris Alg, a pioneering agribusiness producing omega-3 from farmed algae, has been declared one of Sweden’s 33 hottest companies in new technology. The renowned list is assembled by Swedish business media, with the purpose of highlighting new tech ventures with the potential to become major corporations…

Algae.Tec to produce nutraceuticals in Georgia plant

Algae.Tec to produce nutraceuticals in Georgia plant

Algae.Tec has announced that following successful algae growth trials the company has begun the expansion of its development and manufacturing facilities in Cumming, Georgia, and the building of an initial small scale plant for the production of algae for the nutraceutical market. On completion, scheduled to be…

SPLASH promoting algae bioplastics collaborations

SPLASH promoting algae bioplastics collaborations

The European (FP7) algae project Sustainable PoLymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons (SPLASH) has been developing a platform technology for the conversion of third generation algae feedstock into bioplastics. As successful industrial deployment of the platform will require involvement of a broad…

Cambridge to build Algal Innovation Centre

Cambridge to build Algal Innovation Centre

Cambridge University, in Cambridge, England, has approved plans to build a new £490,000 ($513,196 US) Algal Innovation Centre facility at their Botanic Garden, which will house experiments looking to exploit the potential of algae as a new hi-tech biofuel. “This is work led by a colleague in the Department…

Middle East OPEC countries see a future in algae

Middle East OPEC countries see a future in algae

The global demand for fossil fuels is swelling against a tight economic environment and the Middle East is no exception. The domestic consumption of energy in the region is increasing at an astonishing rate. Saudi Arabia’s consumption of oil and gas has risen by approximately 5.9% over the past five years…

DOE algae project launches at Delhi, California

DOE algae project launches at Delhi, California

A U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Biomass Energy Technologies Office (BETO) project, awarded to Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) in collaboration with MicroBio Engineering, Inc., Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratory has begun operations at an existing…

AlgiSys scaling up for commercial algal omega-3

AlgiSys scaling up for commercial algal omega-3

Cleveland, Ohio-based Algisys, a biotech company producing omega-3 fatty acids from micro-algae for heart and joint health, has announced raising over $6M for the commercial scale up of its algal technology. The company has been developing its technology and scale-up work through collaborations…

Green Star to build algae facility in Las Vegas

Green Star to build algae facility in Las Vegas

Green Star Products, Inc. (GSPI) has signed a contract to build a demonstration facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, to produce commercial quality algae. The Hybrid Algae Production System (HAPS) facility will be a premium showcase, 70,000 liters capacity algae pond system, located near South Las Vegas Boulevard…

How to build an algae pilot plant

How to build an algae pilot plant

In October 2014 an unusual AlgaePARC research paper entitled Design and construction of the microalgal pilot facility AlgaePARC was published in the Journal of Algal Research. In the paper the authors describe in detail how to build and run a pilot plant, specifically the AlgaePARC pilot facility, at Wageningen…

Belgium’s Tomalgae grows algae in former tomato greenhouse

Belgium’s Tomalgae grows algae in former tomato greenhouse

Hortidaily.com reports that in Nevele, Belgium, Tomalgae is growing algae in a former tomato greenhouse. Their company was formed when tomato cultivation entrepreneurs Piet de Schepper, William van der Riet and Marc Temmerman wished to diversify and decided to collaborate with Dr. Viktor Chepurnov, a specialist…

Alltech seeking partners for algae oil

Alltech seeking partners for algae oil

Alicia Villegas writes in undercurrentnews.com that animal nutrition producer Alltech is looking for partners to provide a fish oil alternative that would meet volumes required by the aquaculture industry. “We need to increase [algae-based oil] production by 25 times to say that we are able to provide an alternative…

Muradel launches green crude demo plant

Muradel launches green crude demo plant

Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia’s first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude, as a first step towards a commercial plant with the potential…

Solaplast algae-to-plastics facility to open 11/14

Solaplast algae-to-plastics facility to open 11/14

Algix, parent company of Solaplast, will be inaugurating their algae-to-plastic facility in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 14, 2014. Solaplast’s facility will be focused on resin formulation, using state-of-the-art…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy CEO James Levine

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy CEO James Levine

James “Jamie” Levine took over the reigns at Sapphire Energy in July of this year as former President and CEO Cynthia “CJ” Warner stepped down, retaining her role as chairman of the company’s board of directors…

Seafarm — a model for Sweden’s farm of the future

Seafarm — a model for Sweden’s farm of the future

In Sweden’s farm of the future, common seaweed is being upgraded from an environmental problem to a valuable natural resource and raw material. “The fact is that algae can absorb nitrogen from the water…

Secil and A4F form AlgaFarm JV

Secil and A4F form AlgaFarm JV

Portuguese cement facility, Secil, and microalgae biotechnology company, A4F, also based in Portugal, have formed AlgaFarm, a joint venture to develop the use of cement factory flue gas in microalgae production…

Spirulina Viva opens Spirulina micro-farm in Mexico

Spirulina Viva opens Spirulina micro-farm in Mexico

In August, Spirulina Viva opened its new Spirulina micro-farm outside of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. The micro-farm has 300 square meters of Spirulina ponds. The new production facility…

Duke Energy and U of K advancing carbon capture technology

Duke Energy and U of K advancing carbon capture technology

Duke Energy has been hosting a project at their East Bend Power Plant in Kentucky to demonstrate an algae-based system for CO2 mitigation from coal-fired power plants. Project participants include the…

AIM Interview: Matthew Carr, ABO Executive Director

AIM Interview: Matthew Carr, ABO Executive Director

Matthew Carr was recently named executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the leading trade association for the algae industry. His presence will soon become familiar to the industry when…

Workshopping the algae industry forward

Workshopping the algae industry forward

In an effort to propel the algae industry forward, the Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3) offers a series of hands-on specialized workshops suited for participants from all aspects of the industry…

Norway launches algae project from captured CO2

Norway launches algae project from captured CO2

The Norwegian Parliament has granted $1 million (US) of funding to a pilot plant which will use CO2 captured at Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to produce algae for the fish farming industry…

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