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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

Every year about this time we like to check in with Heliae’s Dan Simon, the highly motivated President and CEO in the driver’s seat of one of the most fascinating and exciting businesses in the algae arena. His disruptive technology organization…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner

On the day the U.S. government shut down, Sapphire Energy’s Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tim Zenk, was contemplating what to do, since several of the people on his upcoming ABS panel…

AIM Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

AIM Interview: Fermentalg’s CEO Pierre Calleja

Founded in 2009 by Pierre Calleja, Fermentalg is a French-based industrial biotechnology company specializing in the bio-production of chemical compounds from microalgae, for use in everyday…

AIM Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin

AIM Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin

It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s Center for Space Research, started to question the work of the Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program, the first major scientific collaboration looking at creating biofuel from algae…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, in Columbus, New Mexico, is the biggest gamble on the table for commercial-scale algae to fuel. With over $300 million in investments and loan guarantees…

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

AIM Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon

Heliae is the 9th startup for CEO Dan Simon, and the company is finally at his favorite stage. “We are completing our charge through the Valley of Death,” he says. Indeed. In 2012, Heliae grew their team to over…

AIM Interview: Waterwheel Factory’s Bob Vitale

AIM Interview: Waterwheel Factory’s Bob Vitale

About 14 years ago, after a consulting background working with manufacturers on fabrication and processes, Bob Vitale met a man named Robert Hubbs who began mentoring him in the science of making…

NASA’s OMEGA Program at a Crossroads

NASA’s OMEGA Program at a Crossroads

Biofuels are my passion, but they have had rather bad press, from complaints about displacing food production to the inefficiency of soybeans and the carbon footprint of ethanol. Microalgae have a low profile…

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