University Ecologists Urge GE Algae Scrutiny

Writing in the August 2012 issue of the journal BioScience, university professors from Ohio State U. and U. of Kansas suggest that, as algae are high on the genetic…

ABO Commends Inclusion of Algae Biofuels in Tax Package


Mary Rosenthal, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), has released the following statement in support of the Senate Finance Committee’s approval of the Family and Business Tax Cut…

Algal Summit in India Explores Diverse Applications

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Indian Phycological Society held their International Algal Summit February 21-22 at the TERI University, in New Delhi. Billed as “Algae for Sustainable…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 5

How will algae production be designed into future landscapes, buildings and communities? What will they look like and how will they work? Algae Competition invited algae enthusiasts, architects, designers, visionaries, builders, students…

Algae Business: It’s Time to Set Uniform Algae Feedstock Standards

As algae oil gears up to industrial scale production, we must develop uniform standards. Producers, refiners, distributors and the public face the same issues as late nineteenth century petroleum oil…

AIM Interview: Ron Pate—Page 3

What is your reality check on the industry—especially any areas you think are misunderstood, or misrepresented? I’ll give two examples. The first deals with the current technical readiness level of algae biofuels, which I think has been …

AIM Interview: Ron Pate—Page 2

The most direct support for biofuels development can be expected to come from a combination of DOD, DOE, and USDA, of which the recently announced joint initiative on advanced drop-in biofuels is a prime example. I don’t know…

AIM Interview: Sandia and DOE’s Ron Pate

A Principal Member of the Technical Staff of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories, serving in the Earth Systems Analysis – Energy, Resources, and Systems Analysis division…

Honeywell’s UOP Breaks Ground on Green Fuels Facility

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, has announced that it has begun construction in Hawaii of a biofuels demonstration unit that will convert forest residuals…

Algae 101 Part 34

The four primary metrics that examine sustainable food and biofuels are life cycle analysis, ecological footprint, freshwater footprint, and carbon footprint. The proposal here suggests a food and biofuels footprint can improve…

AIM Interview: NASA’s OMEGA Scientist, Dr. Jonathan Trent

NASA scientist – the inventor, heart, and soul of the OMEGA system (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) – Dr. Jonathan Trent received his PhD in biological oceanography at Scripps Institution…

Algae 101 Part 28

Every few months, a new study argues for or against algae biofuels. The issues each article brings forward are worth thoughtful consideration. This author has published over 60 peer-review research papers and book chapters…

GPRE Outlines Algae Plans on Q1 Call

Executives of Green Plains Renewable Energy, the vertically-integrated ethanol producer based in Omaha, Nebraska, discussed first quarter 2011 financial results and current developments on their recent earnings conference call…

Ford Scientists to Explore Algae Biofuels

Ford Motor Company scientists have announced that they are working to understand the suitability of algae as potential automotive biofuels. This effort is an integral part of Ford’s desire…

A.I.M. Interview: Algae Genetic Engineer Dr. Stephen Mayfield

If moving genes around on a chromosome is your idea of a good time, meet Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology. A PhD geneticist from UC Berkeley…

Tomorrow BioFuels’ FALCON Algae Technology Wins Award

Tomorrow BioFuels (TBL) will receive the 2010 Innovation of the Year Award for Energy and the Environment on September 22, 2010 for their FALCON Technology, a bio-sequestration…

Algae 101 Part Twelve: Lessons from Moscow, Mexico and China

While news of the heat in Russia and fierce wild fires around Moscow dominate the news, two significant new reports have been published on Mexican and Chinese oil production that is declining…

Aurora Scales Up, Changes Name

Aurora Algae, formerly Aurora Biofuels, of Alameda, California, claims to have introduced the industry’s first photosynthetic algae-based platform for the production of sustainable, premium products…

AIM Interview: Dr. Russell Chapman

Dr. Russell Chapman, Executive Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in San Diego, takes great joy in sharing his passion for algae with his students. Delighting crowds with his colorful…

AIM Interview: Senator Tom Udall

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall has on his desk a couple of objects he likes to share with young student leaders who tour the Senate offices in Washington, D.C. He says to them, “I want to show you what your future is about,” and then hands them a little solar panel…

DOE Announces $24 Million for Algal Biofuels Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the investment of up to $24 million for three research groups to tackle key hurdles in the commercialization of algae-based biofuels. The selections will support the…

The UK’s Algae Challenge

The United Kingdom’s Carbon Trust has announced plans to take on the world in the global race to develop a sustainable, cost-effective biofuel from algae. The “dream team” of eleven…

DARPA Closes in on $2/gal. Algae Fuel

According to a recent article in the UK Gardian, the Pentagon says it is just months away from producing a jet fuel from algae for the same cost as its fossil-fuel equivalent. The claim, which comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has taken industry insiders by surprise…