Swedish Algae Factory scales up for solar cells

Swedish Algae Factory scales up for solar cells

Swedish Algae Factory, a start-up supported by EIT InnoEnergy, has received close to EUR 1.7 million from the EU LIFE programme. The grant will be used to scale up the material extraction from algae that can increase the efficiency of solar cells. The company’s innovation increases the efficiency of solar panels by using…

Algaia secures 4m euros to expand French algae facility

Algaia secures 4m euros to expand French algae facility

Foodbev.com reports that French marine ingredients company Algaia will install a new specialty seaweed extract unit at its facility in Brittany, France, after securing €4 million in funding from its main shareholder, Maabarot Products. Algaia works with local fishermen to harvest brown algae just a few kilometers from the site…

French partners to build photovoltaic greenhouses for microalgae

French partners to build photovoltaic greenhouses for microalgae

Global EcoPower (GEP), of Aix-en-Provence, France, has signed a 5-year partnership contract with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). This partnership, launched with the CEA’s technological…

AlgEternal ups production with OriginClear technology

AlgEternal ups production with OriginClear technology

LA-based water treatment solutions provider OriginClear Inc. and AlgEternal Technologies, a vertically-integrated producer of non-fuel high value products from microalgae, recently announced a formal licensing partnership, capping five years of continuous operation of OriginClear’s first-generation Smart Algae Harvester…

Tesla-inspired Euglena bets big on algal jet fuel

Tesla-inspired Euglena bets big on algal jet fuel

JapanNews.com reports that Euglena Co., a Tokyo-based maker of nutritional supplements, is spending ¥5.8 billion ($5.3 million USD) on building a test refinery that converts algae into biofuel used to power jets and vehicles. The investment is equal to about half of last year’s total revenue for the company, though it will…

BDI — BioEnergy breaks ground for algae facility

BDI — BioEnergy breaks ground for algae facility

BDI — BioEnergy International AG, a specialized plant engineering company from Styria, Austria, broke ground on January 26, 2018, in the Hartberg Ecopark (Styria) for an industrial plant based on its innovative photobioreactor system for the production of algae biomass. After years of research, BDI succeeded…

Triton Algae readies for commercialization

Triton Algae readies for commercialization

Triton Algae Innovations, a San Diego-based startup company focused on new food and nutritional products derived from algae, has announced that it has achieved Independent Conclusion of GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its wild-type algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (c. reinhardtii). After a rigorous evaluation…

All-Gas project, led by Aqualia, begins demo phase

All-Gas project, led by Aqualia, begins demo phase

Watertechonline.com reports that the All-Gas project in the El Torno treatment plant in Chiclana, in southwestern Spain, in the province of Cádiz, has started its demonstration phase. The project, supported by the European Union, has now completed the objectives and stages set from the start of the project…

Stelco and Pond Technologies to build commercial CO2 abatement plant

Stelco and Pond Technologies to build commercial CO2 abatement plant

Stelco Algae Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Stelco Inc., one of Canada’s leading integrated steel companies, and algal cultivation specialists Pond Technologies Inc., of Markham, Ontario, Canada…

Allmicroalgae adds fermentation system

Allmicroalgae adds fermentation system

Portuguese microalgae producer, Allmicroalgae Natural Products S.A., has recently begun production of Chlorella vulgaris and other microalgae species via fermentation, which complements the company’s existing photobioreactor capacity. At their state-of-the-art Algafarm production facility in Leiria…

SCHOTT glass for ecoduna’s new commercial facility

SCHOTT glass for ecoduna’s new commercial facility

Ecoduna AG is a bio-technology R&D company that has invented, built out and patented a highly effective photobioreactor setup for the production of microalgae at an industrial scale. The company produces and harvests a variety of algae, including chlorella and spirulina, for use as food supplements, cosmetics…

Queensland algae farm for livestock production

Queensland algae farm for livestock production

Queenslandcountrylife.com, in Australia, reports that Goondiwindi’s Woods Grain has secured a $579,000 grant from the Palaszczuk Government.to build an algae farm for livestock production. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who last week attended the international BIO 2017 conference in San Diego, said Woods Grain…

Qualitas Health triples algae production

Qualitas Health triples algae production

Qualitas Health, an algae-based health and nutrition company headquartered in Texas, has announced a long term, strategic partnership with commercial crop producer Green Stream Farms to triple its algae production. With this partnership, according to the Company, Qualitas achieves enough critical mass…

MBD Energy’s astaxanthin plant nears completion

MBD Energy’s astaxanthin plant nears completion

Tony Raggatt writes in Australia’s townsvillebulletin.com that a “prized” red algae is set to be the next big but unlikely cash crop of the Burdekin shire. Melbourne-based waste recycling company MBD Energy is nearing completion of what will be Australia’s first astaxanthin plant near Alva Beach, growing algae as part…

Japan’s Euglena looks to China, Southeast Asia for growth

Japan’s Euglena looks to China, Southeast Asia for growth

Akiyo Yasuda writes in asia.nikkei.com that Tokyo-based Euglena, a biotech venture formed by the University of Tokyo, is expanding overseas operations. The producer of algae-based products started selling supplements in Singapore and cosmetics in Macau last month. At an earnings briefing in Tokyo recently, Euglena’s…

Lerøy / BioMar team for microalgae salmon feed

Lerøy / BioMar team for microalgae salmon feed

Andrew Hoyle writes in fishfarmingexpert.com that the Lerøy Seafood Group has linked up with BioMar to use feed partly derived from the microalgae ingredient AlgaPrime DHA. Beginning next month, Lerøy’s salmon above 1 kg will be farmed with feed formulated with a sustainable, omega-3-rich whole algae…

Algae industry growing in Southern Queensland

Algae industry growing in Southern Queensland

ABC News Brisbane (Australia) reports that University of Queensland researchers are growing their highest density algae at a pilot farm in Brisbane. “We’ll see how this goes in large scale, but in the moment everything looks very positive and we’re looking forward to the next few months,” said U. of Queensland Professor…

Andalusia promotes marine microalgae biorefinery development

Andalusia promotes marine microalgae biorefinery development

Fis.com reports that, in Spain, the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IFAPA) and the University of Almeria have signed an agreement to develop a marine microalgae biorefinery, with the objective of producing sustainable products with high added value as fertilizers and feed additives…

Alltech sees big growth in algae for aquaculture

Alltech sees big growth in algae for aquaculture

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016, to 39.9 million metric tons. “‘The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced…

AlgoSource adds new production unit for phycocyanin

AlgoSource adds new production unit for phycocyanin

Saint-Nazaire, France-based AlgoSource has announced the recent launch of their new production unit that will allow the company to quadruple their spirulina extract production in 2017 to an annual capacity of 100,000 liters. The expansion, according to the company, will ensure the sales development in new segments…

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Scottish scientists scaling up C-phycocyanin

Nutraceutical Business Review reports that Scottish research scientists are scaling the ability to produce large quantities of a blue pigment-protein called C-phycocyanin (C-PC) to be able mass produce a high-value natural blue dye for use in the food, pharmaceutical and other industries. Global demand for natural blue…

DIC expands capacity for Linablue food coloring

DIC expands capacity for Linablue food coloring

DIC Corporation has announced that it will expand the production capacity of its California-based subsidiary Earthrise Nutritionals, LLC, for Linablue, a natural blue food coloring derived from spirulina. Investment in this project, estimated at approximately US$13 million, follows the investment of around…

Deep Green Biotech Hub incubator launched in NSW

Deep Green Biotech Hub incubator launched in NSW

In Australia, the New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH) has been launched as an enabling incubator environment to foster the development of algae as a cost effective and sustainable resource. The incubator will facilitate a diverse range of products including nutritional supplements, cosmetics, industrial…

New Zealand culture collection moves to new home

New Zealand culture collection moves to new home

In New Zealand is an internationally significant collection of microalgae cultures known as the Cawthron Institute Culture Collection of Microalgae (CICCM). The CICCM was recently moved into a new home in Cawthron Institute’s recently built Envirotech building in central Nelson. The laboratory includes cabinets…

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