Indiana U gets Duke Energy grant for algae project

Indiana U gets Duke Energy grant for algae project

Bailey Briscoe writes from Bloomington, Indiana, that a $50,000 grant from Duke Energy will help make Indiana University Bloomington one of the first universities in the U.S. to convert emissions from its heating plant into fertilizer to feed campus vegetation. To make this happen, a group composed of specialists…

U of Twente develops CO2 capture unit for algae

U of Twente develops CO2 capture unit for algae

A new air capture technology, developed by the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, captures CO2 from atmospheric air in a cheap and efficient way, they claim. The CO2, in turn, is used by the researchers for growing microalgae. The new unit was designed to capture 500 grams of CO2 from air per day…

Phenometrics’ FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system

Phenometrics’ FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system

Photobioreactor experts Phenometrics Inc. have introduced a new accessory for their PBR-101 photo bioreactors, the FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system. The FSL-200’s LED produces a more accurate solar spectrum, compared to the current LED light that comes standard with the PBR-101. The PBR101 is a computer…

Algenuity takes quality control testing to the next level

Algenuity takes quality control testing to the next level

The Algem®, Algenuity’s lab-scale algal photobioreactor, has been recognized by many algae researchers worldwide as the finest commercially-available system of its kind. However, one thing that most people don’t know about it is the level of quality control testing that is required for each unit…

Morgan Hill BioEnergy PBR for high productivity

Morgan Hill BioEnergy PBR for high productivity

Morgan Hill BioEnergy, Inc. has introduced their proprietary algae photobioreactors, the 100L and 200L, developed for commercial cultivation of highly pure algae biomass ideally for the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries. The company, founded in 2013 in San Jose, California, also focuses on bioenergy and the health…

MicroBio, Colorado Lining design new paddle wheel

MicroBio, Colorado Lining design new paddle wheel

A new 4,000 m2 raceway at Muradel Pty Ltd site in Whyalla South Australia, featuring a paddle wheel constructed entirely from fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) is now in operation. The newly designed paddle wheel was a collaboration between MicroBio Engineering Inc and Colorado Lining International Inc…

Nativis’ Voyager technology may increase algae survival

Nativis’ Voyager technology may increase algae survival

Nativis, Inc., a clinical stage life science bio-electronic company developing non-invasive, safe and highly effective treatments for cancers and other serious diseases, has announced the use of the same technology to inhibit a key enzyme in algae. The paper entitled “Non-Thermal Radio Frequency Stimulation Inhibits…

Real-time nitrate measurement for algal bloom prediction

Real-time nitrate measurement for algal bloom prediction

Excessive concentrations of nitrates in lakes and reservoirs can cause accelerated eutrophication and loss of dissolved oxygen. When there is too much nitrate in a water body, algae will grow faster than the ecosystem can handle. Since nitrogen is food for the algae, an excess level of nitrates can create conditions that make…

MicroBio Engineering’s Pilot Algae Raceways

MicroBio Engineering’s Pilot Algae Raceways

MicroBio Engineering Inc (MBE) has introduced their 3.4 m2 Algae Raceway®. The HDPE raceway features a center divider that is integrated seamlessly into the tank for easier cleaning. Typically, other small algae test ponds are assembled with center dividers fastened to the pond floor, which can invite unwanted bacteria…

The search for disease-free seaweed

The search for disease-free seaweed

The Fish Site reports that representatives from BMG Labtech have recently delivered a NEPHELOstar to Dr. Claire Gachon, senior lecturer in molecular phycology at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). The hi-tech piece of lab equipment is being used to help breed disease-resistant algae for the…

SabrTech to launch portable algae-growing system

SabrTech to launch portable algae-growing system

Ola Wietecha writes for undercurrentnews.com that Nova Scotia-based SabrTech is planning soon to launch its easy-to-transport algae-growing system called RiverBox, a product the company believes will revolutionize algae production. SabrTech spent about two years developing its RiverBox system — which uses…

Clean and efficient processing of harvested seaweed

Clean and efficient processing of harvested seaweed

A Quebec-based company that specializes in the manufacturing and commercialization of marine and seaweed-based products for agriculture and horticulture constructed a new processing plant located in the maritime region of the lower St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada. This location provides easy…

Salofa Oy introduces a blue-green algae test

Salofa Oy introduces a blue-green algae test

Soon ordinary customers in Finland will be able to check that the water at their beach is free of cyanobacteria toxins. Finnish company Salofa Oy will commercialize the blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) test originally developed by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland…

Iowa State’s Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system

Iowa State’s Revolving Algal Biofilm treatment system

Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, are developing technology, using algae, that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation. The system uses vertical conveyor belts, about six feet tall and three feet wide, which revolve in a continual loop, cycling through the wastewater and air as multiple…

Testing pre-concentration at U.S. algae facilities

Testing pre-concentration at U.S. algae facilities

Last year Commercial Algae Professionals and Liqoflux introduced the Liqoflux Pre-Concentration System, a new component for the process chain of algae production. This membrane system that will allow for capillary algae pre-concentration and capillary media recycling was uncharted territory…

Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment of algae for oil extraction

Pulsed Electric Field pre-treatment of algae for oil extraction

Diversified Technology Inc.’s PowerMod, employing Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology, is a low cost, low energy process that applies high voltage electric pulses to an algal slurry. These very short, high intensity pulses rupture the algal cells, increasing the availability of intracellular materials such as lipids…

New algae-delivered vaccination technology for fish

New algae-delivered vaccination technology for fish

Peter O’Dwyer writes in the Irish Examiner that approximately 5% of the world’s fish stock is lost to infectious disease at a cost of more than $10+ billion annually. MicroSynbiotiX, headquartered in Cork City, Ireland, has developed an oral vaccine hidden within microalgae that fish eat, aiming to reduce those losses significantly…

Can multiple effect evaporators be replaced with algal technology?

Can multiple effect evaporators be replaced with algal technology?

A multiple-effect evaporator (MEE) is a system designed for efficiently using the heat from steam to evaporate water. This equipment is recommended by pollution control agencies to evaporate industrial effluents and R/O (reverse osmosis) rejects…

Unitel wins patent for direct conversion of algae to fatty acids

Unitel wins patent for direct conversion of algae to fatty acids

Unitel Technologies, an Illinois-based designer and builder of pilot and mini-plants, announced that it has received a patent for a new technology to make fatty acids from a feedstock “soup” of cultivated algae and water. “The major stumbling block in the algae space has to do with the fact…

NCMA designated as international patent depository

NCMA designated as international patent depository

The National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota (NCMA) in East Boothbay, Maine, has been designated an international depository authority (IDA) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), making it eligible to accept and hold algae and bacteria for patent applications worldwide. Such designations…

Cleaning wastewater with euglena

Cleaning wastewater with euglena

Joelle Kovach writes in the Peterborough Examiner that a company developing new technologies using the algae euglena to purify water has opened a new facility near Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario. Noble Purification was founded by Adam Noble, 21, a medical student. So far, the two-year-old company…

Improving algal biocrude from hydrothermal liquefaction

Improving algal biocrude from hydrothermal liquefaction

Biocrude oil obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae can be an energy-efficient replacement for the fossil crude oil normally used in the production of fuels. HTL is a high-pressure, high-temperature process that allows scientists to mimic, in a matter of minutes, the natural geological processes…

Algal genes advancing pacemaker technology

Algal genes advancing pacemaker technology

Technion researchers in Israel have successfully established a new approach for pacing the heart and synchronizing its mechanical activity without the use of a conventional electrical pacemaker. This novel biologic strategy employs light-sensitive algal genes that can be injected into the heart and then activated…

Increasing gas production from algae in anaerobic digesters

Increasing gas production from algae in anaerobic digesters

Water and wastewater utilities are dealing with separated algae waste from water reservoirs and wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent holding ponds, respectively. This algae waste is typically hauled to landfills or composting facilities for disposal. In some cases, separated algae waste is added…

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