2017 Readers Poll Winners

2017 IRP Winners

GOLD: ABO Technical Standards Committee, Lieve Laurens, Chair

https://www.nrel.gov/research/lieve-laurens.html

ABO Technical Standards Committee

Lieve Laurens, Chair

Founded in 2008, the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae. The ABO membership is comprised of people, companies, and organizations across the value chain.

ABO’s Technical Standards Committee, led by Dr. Lieve Laurens (NREL), is dedicated to the development and advocacy of algae industry standards and best practices. The Committee convenes in monthly conference calls to discuss the state of the art of algae, develop industrial algae measurements, hold workshops and facilitate information between industry stakeholders and academic R&D groups.

The committee continuously recruits additional members to expand ABO’s expertise in the market segments of food, feed, fuel, nutraceutical and bio-based chemicals. Specifically, the groups continues to identify, adapt, generate, and recommend specific measurement methodologies and guidelines that address ABO targeted markets for algal biomass. More information can be found on http://algaebiomass.org/resource-center/technical-standards/introduction/

SILVER:
Vítor Verdelho Vieira, President, European Algae Biomass Association
http://www.eaba-association.org/en/governing-bodies/

BRONZE::
Valerie Harmon, Harmon Consulting
http://www.harmonalgae.com/about/

GOLD: Algae kill cancer cells and leave healthy cells unharmed, Stephen Mayfield’s lab

http://www.algaeindustrymagazine.com/algae-101-part-75/

Stephen Mayfield’s lab

Dr. Stephen Mayfield and the UCSD Laboratory team have worked for seven years to create complex protein-based drugs from the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Their work shows algae can produce medicines in greater quantity, faster and at a fraction of the cost of similar drugs derived from mammalian or terrestrial plant cells.

An algae production platform can dramatically cut the costs of making complex proteins that are the primary components in drugs such as:

  • An affordable oral malarial vaccine (under development by the UCSD team).
  • The use of antibody drug conjugates to target cancer cells combined with the application of protein toxins that inhibit cancer-cell proliferation by killing cancer cells.
  • All mammalian mothers make colostrum as the first milk for their newborns.  Colostrum protects newborns from bacterial and viral infections, and colostrum proteins produced in algae could be made available at large scale and very low cost.

Complex drugs are currently produced from the cells of mammals, terrestrial plants or bacterial cells. Stephen Mayfield’s team is exploring methods for faster, cheaper and better medical algae-based compounds.

SILVER:
Ecoponex, sustainable closed-loop food and energy production system, Benjamin Brant.
www.ecoponex.com

BRONZE:
Carbon capture and reuse from power plants, Global Algae Innovations, David Hazlebeck
http://www.globalgae.com

GOLD: Algae Biomass Summit 2017

http://www.algaebiomasssummit.org/?page=Agenda

Algae Biomass Summit 2017

Produced by the Algae Biomass Organization, this event brings current and future producers of biobased products and energy together with algae crop growers, municipal leaders, technology providers, equipment manufacturers, project developers, investors and policy makers. It’s a one-stop shop – the educational and networking junction for all algae industries.

Summit tracks focus on the following:

  • Biology
  • Commercialization
  • Engineering & Analysis
  • Finance & Policy
  • Peer-reviewed Posters

The 11th annual Algae Biomass Summit will take place October 29-November 1, 2017 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

SILVER:
17 Congressional Republicans vow to fight for climate change
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-congress-idUSKBN16M235

BRONZE:
Green bonds available for clean-tech algae projects
http://www.naturalcapitalnews.com/growth-in-green-bond-market-set-to-fuel-cleantech-revolution/

GOLD: Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil

http://www.thrivealgae.com

Thrive® Culinary Algae Oil

Thrive Algae Oil was started by San Francisco-based renewable fuel company Solazyme, now repositioned as an algal-based foods company called TerraVia. While available for some time online, Thrive was launched in Southern California in late 2015.

The algae harvested are grown in large fermentation tanks in a controlled environment. Inside the tanks, the algae consume renewable plant sugars to make oil in just a few days. A 600,000-liter tank of algae will produce 200,000 liters of oil. Like coconut and seed oils, the algae are expeller pressed, releasing the oil. The oil is refined and bottled, and any excess algae are used for renewable energy.

Thrive Algae Oil is 96 percent monounsaturated fats (the good, healthy fats) and only four percent saturated fats, compared to coconut oil, which is 90 percent saturated fat. Thrive Algae Oil also has 75 percent less saturated fat than olive oil.

SILVER:
Nobuo at Teeter House, Phoenix, Arizona
http://www.nobuofukuda.com

BRONZE:
Bluefin, Newport Beach, California
http://bluefinbyabe.com

GOLD: Stunning kaleidoscopic arrangements of diatoms, Klaus Kemp

http://vsemart.com/rare-art-diatom-arrangement-klaus-kemp/

Diatoms by Klaus Kemp

British biologist Klaus Kemp is one of the last practitioners of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement. Dr. Kemp, in partnership with filmographer Matthew Killip, showcases the otherworldly beauty of microscopic organisms. Klaus’ arrangements are some of the most complex and beautiful being made today.

Diatoms, one of the smallest creatures on Earth, are single cell algae that create complex glass shells around themselves. There are over 100,000 known species, found in oceans all over the world. They play a crucial role as one of the main food sources for marine organisms, including fish, molluscs and tunicates, such as sea squirts.

Dr. Kemp spends much of his spare time searching for new diatom specimens to arrange. Once the specimens have been cleaned they are ready to be arranged under the microscope. He says that all the Victorian diatomists took their secrets to the grave, so there was no accurate information on the practice when he first started, aged sixteen. It has taken him years to be able to create these stunning microscopic slides of arranged diatoms.

SILVER (tie):
An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed, Josie Iselin
http://www.josieiselin.com/ocean-garden

Algae in Bloom, Minneapolis Institute of Art
http://www.algaeindustrymagazine.com/algae-bloom-minneapolis-institute-art/

GOLD: Arizona State University / AzCATI

http://www.azcati.com/about

Arizona State University / AzCATI

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), located at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, serves as a resource hub for algae-based products, finds innovative commercial uses for algae, operates as a learning environment for next generation scientists, facilitates collaboration among higher education, industry and national entities, and is a national “testbed” for algae technology.

AzCATI is Arizona’s platform to spur a new industry cluster in research, development, and commercialization of products along the algal value chain. Multidisciplinary teams from biological, chemical, and engineering disciplines across academic, governmental, and industry boundaries have been formed to bring multidimensional thinking into algal research and problem solving.

These high level teams have allowed AzCATI to enable scientific discoveries, development of cutting-edge technologies, and generation of innovative solutions to key biological, engineering and economic problems. AzCATI research has been critical for transformation and translation of algae into cost-affordable, sustainable sources of feedstock for biofuels and bioproducts, as well as environmental improvement through carbon capture and wastewater bioremediation.

SILVER:
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
http://www.ee.calpoly.edu/projects/algae-biofuel-interdisciplinary/

BRONZE:
University of California, San Diego
http://algae.ucsd.edu/news/index.html

GOLD: Thomas Dempster, ASU AzCATI

https://isearch.asu.edu/profile/29360

Thomas Dempster

Dr. Thomas Dempster began his algae research career as an undergraduate at Arizona State University in 1989 working on the Aquatic Species Program. He completed his B.S in Biology, M.S. in Botany and PhD. in Plant Biology from Arizona State University while studying a variety of algae-related topics primarily related to algal biofuel production, drinking water quality and wastewater bioremediation.

He currently works as a research professor focusing on strain selection and development, biomass production, algal biofuels and high-value products, and air and wastewater bioremediation at the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) at Arizona State University. At AzCATI, he also serves as the laboratory manager, safety and compliance manager and AzCATI Recharge Center manager.

Dr. Dempster also serves as the testbed site coordinator for the recent U.S. Department of Energy funded Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3).

SILVER:
Lieve Laurens, NREL
https://www.nrel.gov/research/lieve-laurens.html

BRONZE:
Tryg Lundquist, Cal Poly State University
https://ceenve.calpoly.edu/faculty/tlundqui/

GOLD: Arizona State University, AzCATI

http://www.azcati.com

Arizona State University, AzCATI

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), located at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, serves as a resource hub for algae-based products, finds innovative commercial uses for algae, operates as a learning environment for next generation scientists, facilitates collaboration among higher education, industry and national entities, and is a national “testbed” for algae technology.

AzCATI is Arizona’s platform to spur a new industry cluster in research, development, and commercialization of products along the algal value chain. Multidisciplinary teams from biological, chemical, and engineering disciplines across academic, governmental, and industry boundaries have been formed to bring multidimensional thinking into algal research and problem solving.

These high level teams have allowed AzCATI to enable scientific discoveries, development of cutting-edge technologies, and generation of innovative solutions to key biological, engineering and economic problems. AzCATI research has been critical for transformation and translation of algae into cost-affordable, sustainable sources of feedstock for biofuels and bioproducts, as well as environmental improvement through carbon capture and wastewater bioremediation.

SILVER:
Perpetual Biotechnologies, Constantinos Avgoustou, Renewable Cleantech
http://www.perpetualbiotechnologies.com

BRONZE:
Santa Fe Community College
https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/biofuels/

GOLD: Algae.Tec

http://algaetec.com.au

Algae.Tec

Founded in 2007, Algae.Tec is a specialist algae producer, focused on developing technology that captures waste carbon dioxide to produce commercial quantities of algae. The Algae.Tec system combines closed control of algae production within an engineered modular environment and efficient downstream biofuel processing.

Algae.Tec has carried out in excess of six years of laboratory, bench-scale and pilot tests and product trials to-date; assessed competitive algae technologies; and has applied the development phase results to detailed engineering evaluations of commercial plant operations. Collectively, these activities have led to the development of unique proprietary technology and know-how for high efficiency production and harvesting of algae, with a corporate focus towards nutraceutical, high quality protein markets (agriculture and human) and biofuels.

SILVER:
Heliae
http://heliae.com/company/

BRONZE:
Cellana
http://cellana.com

GOLD: Santa Fe Community College Biofuels Lab

https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/biofuels/

Center of Excellence for Biofuels

Luke Spangenburg

The Biodiesel and Alternative Fuels Programs provide classroom and hands-on laboratory training to workers and entrepreneurs entering the Biofuels industry. Training is presented in one of five Biofuels modules: Algae; Biodiesel; Biomass Energy; Anaerobic Digestion and Pyrolysis; and Ethanol. The state of the art equipment collected in the biofuels lab at Santa Fe community College represents the current edge of these emerging fields and demonstrates how the different systems can be used to support each other in a bio-energy loop.

In the Biofuels Program, SFCC students learn to create ethanol and biodiesel and cultivate algae, a renewable resource that grows well in the Southwest. They study advanced vehicle technologies and sustainable technologies along with biology, chemistry and electrical and mechanical fundamentals. Upon completion, they are ready to work as a sustainability coordinator, plant or lab technician, project engineer/developer, or launch their own business.

Biofuel courses include:

  • Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Technologies
  • Biofuels I, Biofuels II and Labs
  • Biology, Chemistry and Labs
  • Introduction to Sustainable Technologies
  • Electrical and Mechanical Fundamentals
  • Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture

SILVER:
RAFT, University of Arizona
http://raft.arizona.edu/about-algae

BRONZE:
Algae.Tec
http://algaetec.com.au

GOLD: Apogee Spirulina, Santa Fe, NM

http://www.apogeespirulina.com

Apogee Spirulina

The Apogee Spirulina Farm is located at the foot of Northern New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Santa Fe’s magnificent sunshine, which averages 300 days a year, offsets the energy use with solar power.
The utilization of the French method in this excellent climate results in an unparalleled artisan spirulina. The French Artisan Method of spirulina cultivation differs in several key ways from large-scale commercial spirulina farms:

  • Smaller farms which range from 100 square feet to ¼ acre.
  • The spirulina is grown in a greenhouse that reduces water evaporation. This is critical in a high desert climate.
  • The greenhouse also allows the spirulina to remain at a constant high temperature during cold desert nights. This provides for an optimum growth rate during the summer months.
  • Retaining a pure spirulina culture which in a small greenhouse environment is free of dust and other contaminants, so the use of pesticides or herbicides is not necessary.
  • Harvesting is done almost daily and the Spirulina is slow dried in a solar oven to maintain the highest nutritional levels.
  • The Spirulina is pressed into what are called “spaghettis” which results in a larger surface area.
  • The Spirulina has minimal nutritional loss, so a higher quality finished product is achieved.
  • During the peak of the season, harvesting is done five days a week and the ponds are rested and rejuvenated over the weekend.
  • The growing season is between April and October. Peak harvesting occurs in the hot summer months.

SILVER:
Smart Microfarms, Half Moon Bay, CA, Robert Henrikson
http://www.smartmicrofarms.com/

BRONZE:
Agcore Technologies, Cranston, Rhode Island
http://agcoretech.com/index.html

GOLD: TerraVia, South San Francisco, California

http://terravia.com

TerraVia

TerraVia Holdings, Inc. is a plant-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company that harnesses the power of algae. With a portfolio of breakthrough ingredients and manufacturing, the Company is well positioned to help meet the growing need of consumer packaged goods and established and emerging food manufacturers to improve the nutritional profile of foods without sacrificing taste, and to develop select consumer brands. The Company also manufactures a range of specialty personal care ingredients for key strategic partners. Headquartered in South San Francisco, the Company’s mission is to create products that are truly better for people and better for the planet.

TerraVia’s portfolio of algal-based food products includes AlgaVia Protein-Rich Whole Algae and Lipid-Rich Whole Algae; AlgaWise Ultra Omega-9 Algae Oil and Algae Butter Structuring Hard Stock; and Thrive Culinary Algae Oil for consumer use.

SILVER:
Spiralps, Swiss made spirulina drink with organic fruit and Alpine herbs
https://www.spiralps.ch/en/

BRONZE:
Heliae, Gilbert Arizona
http://heliae.com/company/

GOLD: TerraVia, South San Francisco, California

http://terravia.com

TerraVia

TerraVia Holdings, Inc. is a plant-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients company that harnesses the power of algae. With a portfolio of breakthrough ingredients and manufacturing, the Company is well positioned to help meet the growing need of consumer packaged goods and established and emerging food manufacturers to improve the nutritional profile of foods without sacrificing taste, and to develop select consumer brands. The Company also manufactures a range of specialty personal care ingredients for key strategic partners. Headquartered in South San Francisco, the Company’s mission is to create products that are truly better for people and better for the planet.

TerraVia’s portfolio of algal-based food products includes AlgaVia Protein-Rich Whole Algae and Lipid-Rich Whole Algae; AlgaWise Ultra Omega-9 Algae Oil and Algae Butter Structuring Hard Stock; and Thrive Culinary Algae Oil for consumer use.

SILVER:
Ecoponex, Benjamin Brant
http://www.csun.edu/sustainability/ecoponex

BRONZE:
Innovative Organic Solutions, Intl, Calvin Hildebrant
www.algae-products.com/

GOLD: MicroBio Engineering and Tryg Lundquist

http://www.algaeindustrymagazine.com/a-i-m-interview-cal-polys-dr-tryg-lundquist/

MicroBio Engineering and Tryg Lundquist

MicroBio Engineering Inc. provides scientific consulting, pilot raceway equipment, and full-scale facility designs for aquaculture, nutraceutical, biofuel, and water treatment applications worldwide. The firm was started by algae industry pioneer John Benemann, a veteran of the industry-launching Aquatic Species Program and a world-renowned authority on the realistic capabilities of algaculture.

Tryg Lundquist, Ph.D., P.E., is an associate professor of civil and environmental Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, (Cal Poly) and the Chief Technology Officer at MicroBio Engineering. He has more than two decades of experience with microalgae production, from laboratory studies to multiple-acre raceway ponds, for the treatment of municipal and agricultural wastewaters and the production of biofuel feedstock, including economic and greenhouse gas life-cycle assessments. Dr. Lundquist also has extensive experience in innovative low-cost technologies in the areas of anaerobic digestion, hydrogen fermentation, bacterial systems for nitrogen control, manure management, and disaster relief drinking water treatment.

SILVER:
Global Algae Innovations, David Hazlebeck
http://www.globalgae.com

BRONZE:
Atmospheric CO2 capture and membrane delivery, Bruce Rittmann, ASU
http://ceassessment.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stechel.pdf

GOLD: Diversified Technologies, Inc.

http://www.divtecs.com

Diversified Technologies

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, proteins, pigments, etc., for downstream separation from the supernatant. The process is in-line, low energy, scalable, and can be performed on concentrated slurries.

In DTI’s patented PowerModTM process, PEF treatment is applied to algal material (or other biomass) as it   is pumped in a slurry through a treatment chamber, where the material is subjected to short, high voltage pulses, typically 1 – 10 microseconds in length. The electric field from these pulses “electroporates” the cell wall, rupturing it and causing the cell’s contents to flow into the surrounding solution. PEF processing requires very short in-chamber treatment times, enabling very large throughputs in a continuous-flow process. The PEF process has been proven in food disinfection and wastewater processing, where it is in commercial use.

A typical PEF system consists of (1) a power supply to convert utility power to high voltage   DC power, (2) a high voltage pulse modulator to transform the DC power into short pulses for electroporation of the cells in the slurry, and (3) a treatment chamber through which the slurry flows, and where the high voltage pulses are applied.

SILVER:
Porelogix Ultrafiltration Systems
http://porelogix.com/our-applications/algae-harvesting/

BRONZE:
Perpetual Biotechnologies
http://www.perpetualbiotechnologies.com

GOLD: Membrane for concentrated CO2 delivery to cultures, Bruce Rittmann (and Klaus Lackner), ASU

http://ceassessment.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Stechel.pdf

Bruce Rittmann

What if rather than using fuels that add carbon dioxide, we could create fuels that recycle carbon dioxide from the atmosphere? Researchers at Arizona State University, under the supervision of Klaus Lackner, director of ASU’s Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and a professor in ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, are exploring the idea of creating fuels that do just that: carbon-neutral liquid fuels. Think of them as fuels created out of thin air.

ASU’s Air Capture Technology collects carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using a technique that literally scrubs it from the air and then captures it so it can be reused at an affordable cost — a carbon dioxide recycling program.

How exactly can fuel be pulled from thin air? First, the center’s researchers generate hydrogen by using a renewable, carbon-free electricity source (such as wind energy or solar power) to split water through a process called electrolysis. Second, this gaseous hydrogen is combined with the carbon dioxide captured from air.

What does this mixture produce? Methanol, an alcohol fuel similar to ethanol. Voila! Fuel from air.

SILVER:
Algae Lab Systems, Wireless monitoring, Christopher Lee
http://algaelabsystems.com/algaeconnect/

BRONZE:
Fluid Imaging Technologies, Flowcam
http://www.fluidimaging.com/products/flowcam-8000

GOLD: MicroBio Engineering

http://microbioengineering.com

MicroBio Engineering

MicroBio Engineering Inc. provides scientific consulting, pilot raceway equipment, and full-scale facility designs for aquaculture, nutraceutical, biofuel, and water treatment applications worldwide. The firm was started by algae industry pioneer John Benemann, a veteran of the industry-launching Aquatic Species Program and a world-renowned authority on the realistic capabilities of algaculture.

The MBE, Inc. team draws on over 60 years of experience by its Founders in microalgae biotechnology, from molecular biology and biochemistry to large-scale cultivation and civil/environmental engineering.

Their clients are mainly Fortune 100 firms in industries such as water, petroleum, aviation, and agriculture. Their expertise extends from fundamental laboratory research through large-scale system engineering. The company provides full services, from R&D plans and project development to detailed engineering designs, training, and operations manuals.

SILVER:
Perpetual Biotechnologies, Modular Algae Reactor
http://www.perpetualbiotechnologies.com

BRONZE:
Algae Lab Systems, Algae Lab 250
http://algaelabsystems.com/algae-lab-250/

GOLD: Porelogix Ultrafiltration Systems

http://porelogix.com/our-applications/algae-harvesting/

Porelogix’ Ultrafiltration is a pressure-driven purification process in which water and low molecular weight substances permeate a membrane while particles, colloids, and macromolecules are retained. The primary removal mechanism is size exclusion, although the electrical charge and surface chemistry of the particles or membrane may also affect the purification efficiency.

Ultrafiltration pore sizes range from approximately 1K to 500K daltons, thereby making ultrafiltration more permeable than nanofiltration (200 – 1000 daltons). The tangential flow of Hollow Fiber ultrafiltration allows the effective removal of colloids, proteins, bacteria, pyrogens (e.g., gram-negative bacteria), and other organic molecules larger than the membrane pore size.

SILVER:
Evodos Spiral Plate Technology
http://www.evodos.eu/technology/

BRONZE:
Pall Corporation, Pre-concentration units
https://biopharmaceuticals.pall.com/en/press-release.html?_ga=1.264768394.40248653.1492744644

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