New DOE funding programs announced for algal biofuels

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced four funding opportunities totaling up to $78 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. “The Department of Energy is focused on some of the most exciting…

2011—The Year in Algae Page 2

A look back at the stories that marked the progress of the algae industry over the past year…

2011—The Year in Algae

A look back at the stories that marked the progress of the algae industry over the past year…

AIM Interview: C.J. Warner and Tim Zenk—Page 2

What from your background in gas and oil applies directly to what’s going on right now at Sapphire? C.J.: Oh boy! I draw from it everyday—from project management and engineering construction…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s C.J. Warner and Tim Zenk

If it seems like there hasn’t been a lot of news lately coming from the algae industry’s largest algae-to-fuel gamble, Sapphire Energy, well, we’re happy to report that it’s not about trouble in paradise…

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Richard Sayre

Dr. Richard Sayre keeps his plate full as both the Director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and as the CTO of the high profile algae startup, Phycal, Inc. Recently, he also co-chaired…

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Keith Cooksey

Although veteran research scientist at Montana State University, Dr. Keith Cooksey, describes himself modestly as a biochemist that works with microorganisms, his algal biofuel-driven discoveries from the ’80s and ’90s are still considered…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Paul Reep

A recent announcement from OriginOil that Paul Reep had been given the job of Senior Vice President of Technology seemed to have more going on behind it than the release suggested. While his impressive…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 7

Understanding the role of microscopic algae, the foundation of life, can help us develop restorative models of personal and planetary health. Algae are an essential part of Earth’s self-regulating life support system. Innovative schemes and dreams…

Algae 101 Part 27—SOAR: A New Algae Solution

The SOAR project, Save Our (children’s) Agricultural Resources, holds promise to yield six times the energy derived from the nine billion gallons of corn ethanol produced annually. SOAR may also deliver…

A.I.M. Interview: Cal Poly’s Dr. Tryg Lundquist

As an environmental engineering professor at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA, Dr. Tryg Lundquist researches how wastewater can make algae biofuel and how algae biofuel…

A.I.M. Interview: Solix BioSystems’ CEO Joel Butler

To those who have been following Fort Collins, Colorado-based Solix Biofuels, one of the major players in the short history of the algal biofuels industry, rumblings of change have been evident…

A.I.M. Interview: ASU’s Dr. Qiang Hu

When a guy like Mark Edwards says, “He is the smartest guy I know,” I have to pay attention. “Who is the smartest guy you know?” I ask him. “Yes,” he says. “Hu is the smartest guy I know”…

UCLA Researchers Develop Algal Proteins for Biofuels

Two types of raw materials are currently used for biorefining and biofuel production: carbohydrates and lipids. Biofuels like ethanol are derived from carbohydrate raw materials such as sugars…

A.I.M. Interview: Algenol’s CEO Paul Woods

“The conclusions from the Aquatic Species Program are not correct,” says Algenol CEO Paul Woods, taking issue with the 1980’s assessment that photobioreactors cannot be a cost effective means…

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CEO Dr. Jason Pyle

Dr. Jason Pyle, the high profile CEO at the even more high profile “green crude” developer, Sapphire Energy, holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology, as well as an M.D., from Stanford University…

Algae 101 Part 18—Abundant Agriculture

Food and energy security play havoc with environmental policies, economics and society. Too many countries, including the U.S., enact comprehensive anti-pollution policies and…

2010—The Year in Algae

When we considered running a look at the year’s highlights in the algae world, we decided to go right to the experts and see what was on their minds over this past year. It’s pretty easy to do this in the Internet Age…

A.I.M. Interview: Eldorado Biofuels’ Paul Laur

The National Alliance for Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) consortium, the 33-member collaboration of government research laboratories, university labs and private industry, recently announced achieving…

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Riggs Eckelberry on CA Prop. 23

California’s clean energy initiatives and businesses are at a crossroads, pending the outcome of Proposition 23 on the November ballot. Should the proposition succeed, it would suspend California’s…

Algae 101 Part Five: Why Have Algae Remained Largely Undiscovered?

Algae remain the most undiscovered and underdeveloped organism on Earth. A common algae question is: If algae have so much potential, why has less than 1% of its potential been realized?