Algae — life after biofuels

Monica Jain of Fish 2.0 writes in National Geographic about how the algae brand is about to undergo an image makeover, and may soon seem flat-out glamorous — once again. Algae got a lot of excited press a few years ago as a potential biofuel, but they’re turning out to be a sustainable super-ingredient with…

DOE funding projects for biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower

The Energy Department (DOE) has announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower.” These projects, required to share the cost at a minimum of 50%…

ExxonMobil and Biofuels

ExxonMobil scientists Vijay Swarup and Kelsey McNeely are still on the case for algal-based biofuels. Here they discuss the challenges and benefits of a technology that could transform how we power cars, planes, and just about anything with an internal combustion engine…

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with water,” says Khanh-Quang Tran, a Norwegian researcher who has published papers on the possibility of growing algae as a biofuel on an industrial basis…

Algal biofuels for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Keikuke Katori writes in the Asahi Shimbun that airlines, universities and other organizations have started an initiative to produce and supply biofuels in Japan, with a target of having commercial flights using such…

Indian government urged to promote algae biofuels

Manish Raj reports in the Times of India that the Chemical Industries Association, an apex body representing a cross section of chemical industries based in Chennai, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

A Breakthrough Year for Algae

This past week, news published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences from the prolific lab of Dr. Stephen Mayfield at the University of California at San Diego, showed that…

Algae, Post Election

With the 2012 elections over, President Obama’s reelection and few changes in the balance of the House and Senate, many in our industry are wondering about what this means for support for biofuels overall and algae in particular…

ABO Applauds NRC Algal Biofuels Report

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) applauded the findings of a new National Research Council (NRC) report on the sustainability of algal fuels that definitively concluded that sustainability concerns are…

European Commission Boosts Algae Biofuel Status

Algae based biofuels will count quadruple towards EU biofuels and GHG emission reduction targets under the new proposal for revising the EU biofuels policy and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) that…

SGI Purchases Patent Portfolio from Febit

Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately held company developing and commercializing genomic-driven solutions to solve a range of global challenges, has announced they have purchased from Febit…

Air Force Funds UOP $17.3mil for Biofuel Refinery

Joe Cogliano reports in the Dayton Business Journal that the U.S. Defense Department has announced that Honeywell-owned UOP, based in Des Plaines, IL, was awarded a $17.3 million…

UCSD Chemists Develop Protein Reverse Tagging Method

Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a method that for the first time provides scientists the ability to attach chemical probes onto proteins and subsequently remove them in a repeatable cycle…

CO2 Sample Draw Meter

CO2Meter.com has developed a suite of products for the algae industry to measure and control carbon dioxide and oxygen. Included in the line is their Portable Sample Draw CO2 Meter, designed to measure carbon dioxide in real time…

Colorado Student Awarded $50,000 for Algae Biofuels Study

Seventeen-year-old Sara Volz, of Colorado Springs, CO, has been awarded a $50,000 scholarship for her science project, “Enhancing Algae Biofuels: Investigation of the Environmental and Enzymatic…

ABO’s Legislative Update for September

As the House and Senate were about to leave Washington for August, a flurry of legislation important to the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) made progress. The Senate Finance Committee passed…

GTI Developing Biomass Conversion Technology

Gas Technology Institute’s (GTI’s) new pilot-scale IH2 Plant in Chicago, Illinois, demonstrates their efforts to broaden biomass-to-liquid hydrocarbon fuel conversion. The 70-year-old research…

SADC Countries Meet on Algae Development

Leaders of the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) came together at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa, July 24-27, for a workshop on emerging technologies for sustainable biofuels…

U. of I. Studies Improvements in Macroalgae for Biofuels

Jason Mick, in his Daily Tech blog, writes that the University of Illinois is promoting seaweed for biofuel use, based on their research study, published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology…

$100 Billion Biofuels Market Predicted by 2014

A new market survey released this week by MarketResearch.com estimates that by 2014, less than 3% of total fossil fuels will be replaced by biofuels from traditional sources. The positive read on this is that…

ABS Plans Scale-Up in Georgia

Algae Bioenergy Solutions (ABS), of Augusta, Georgia, has announced preliminary plans to develop a three to five million gallons per year algae oil plant, expandable to forty million gallons a year…

Algae Biofuels World Market Study Now Available

A new algae biofuel research report is available that states that involvement in the algae biofuels industry shot up by companies 550% between 2005 and 2007, driven by environmental concerns and high…

Algae Biofuels Market Study Published

Market research specialists Frost and Sullivan has recently completed an algae biofuels market study of several hundred international algal production operations. Among the conclusions published in the…

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…