Research at AzCATI

Dr. Milt Sommerfield, the founding father of Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), explains their research, based on looking for an algae species and growth regimen that will “make a difference” in terms of making algae-to-biofuels a successful commercial entity…

Salt River Project/ASU study algal strains for power plants

Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) and engineers at Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, are conducting joint research studies to find new ways to utilize algae in the desert, specifically in the operation of power plants. Dr. Tom Dempster is working on algae for carbon…

ASU wins $1Mil DOE algae research grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Arizona State University (ASU) a three-year, $1 million grant to fund the Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Capture and Membrane Delivery project aimed at enabling more large-scale cultivation of microalgae. ASU engineer Dr. Bruce Rittmann and physicist Dr. Klaus Lackner…

Young students share algae research at ASU

The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) opened to the public recently to provide an overview of how algae are and can be used for a variety of products, from fuel to food. In addition to AzCATI displays and demonstrations related to algae-based or derived products, several local students…

Arizona looks to lead algae biofuel research

Arizona is taking advantage of its open land and ample sunshine to assume a leadership position in the algae biofuel field. The state is home to two national algae testbed programs for research and development…

AIM Interview: ASU’s Dr. Milton Sommerfeld

Big algae news in the state of Arizona is the $15 million award by the Department of Energy to Arizona State University to establish a national algae science and technology testbed, dubbed the Algae Testbed…

ASU to Lead National Algae Testbed

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Arizona State University led Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) for a $15M award for its Advancements in Sustainable Algal Production opportunity…

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon—Page 2

How did your ethanol perspective play into the new strategy? When I left my previous company I had learned enough about the biofuel industry to base any decision for starting the next company on five…

AIM Interview: Heliae CEO Dan Simon

Nestled in the Phoenix, Arizona suburb of Gilbert—a quickly growing community aspiring to be a magnet for algae businesses—Heliae is beginning to emerge from the shroud of secrecy that has surrounded them…

Mark Edwards’ Abundance Wins Pinnacle Book Award

Dr. Mark Edwards, noted algae educator, author and A.I.M. columnist, has been awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Award for Best Book in the Environment category, for his latest title Abundance, which envisions…

ASU Algae Researchers Link Cell Wall Degradation to CO2

A research team from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University has developed a process that reprograms photosynthetic microbes to secrete lipids, making byproduct recovery and conversion to biofuels…

Algae World Summit Returns to San Diego

Infocast’s 3rd Annual Algae World Summit returns to San Diego, May 23-25. This year’s edition will bring together key players across the value chain, including algae developers, vendors, scientists, investors…

US-UK Co-Research Artificial Photosynthesis for Biofuels

In the British magazine The Engineer this week Andrew Czyzewski describes a new US-UK biofuels research project to artificially improve photosynthesis by harnessing the excess light energy…

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”…

Sommerfeld Recognized for Algae Research

Arizona State University College of Technology and Innovation’s Dr. Milt Sommerfeld has been awarded the Faculty Achievement Research Award for his more than four decades of research…

Science Foundation Arizona and ASU Start Algae R&D Center

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) and Arizona State University (ASU) on have announced the creation of a world-class center dedicated to researching and bringing to fruition “green” technologies using algae…

Algae 101 Part Eight: Algae Action—The Second Wave

The first wave of algal activity followed the OPEQ oil embargo that generated considerable R&D working towards energy independence. That first wave culminated in the birth of the Department of…