Algae in the waste-to-fuel cycle

John O’Renick, in this insightful piece from the Portland (Oregon) Tribune, writes about the problems we create from treating waste streams as garbage to be disposed of instead of assets for energy production. He suggests that, by using integrated biotechnologies to extract energy as efficiently as possible…

Solazyme Scales Up Oil Fermentation to 500,000 Liters in Iowa

Solazyme, Inc. has announced the successful completion of multiple initial fermentations at ADM’s Clinton, Iowa facility. In these runs, Solazyme achieved commercial scale production metrics…

KU Launches Multidisciplinary Effort for Algal Biofuels

A major effort to develop algal biofuels is under way at the University of Kansas as part of its multidisciplinary Feedstock to Tailpipe Initiative, overseen and supported by KU’s Transportation Research Institute…

Co-author of NRC’s Algal Biofuel Sustainability Report Clarifies

Joel Cuello, a professor in the University of Arizona department of agricultural and biosystems engineering, and co-author of the recently released National Research Council report on algal sustainability…

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…

OriginOil to License CLEAN-FRAC Process to Pearl H2O

OriginOil, Inc. has announced that it has signed its first agreement to license OriginOil’s proprietary CLEAN-FRAC™ process to oil and gas water treatment firm Pearl H2O…

The XperCount, from XpertSea Solutions

The XperCount, from XpertSea Solutions is a compact system for counting small aquatic organisms. The procedure is as simple as it gets. Just add organisms to the bucket, press count, and get results in seconds…

Algal Diesel Outperforms Petrodiesel 2-1 in New Study

A team of scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory has published a paper in IOP Science’s Environmental Research Letters comparing the emissions performance of algal biofuels to petroleum fuels…

Algae: The Cornerstone Feedstock

If only there were enough algae to meet the demand. Algae is highly productive, soaks up toxins and CO2, and can be grown without impacting food or fresh water supplies. And it exactly replaces petroleum…

Maersk and Navy Test Algae Fuel on Container Ship

Maersk Line’s 300-meter long Maersk Kalmar container vessel is sailing its normal route from Bremerhaven, Germany to Pipavav, India, delivering cargo to the usual ports along the way. However, during its…