UConn researchers turning seaweed into biofuel

UConn Professor Charles Yarish has spent his career studying seaweed, and he just got news that the federal government is going to fund one of his dream projects. The grant from the Department of Energy is $5.7 million, and will go to Dr. Yarish and colleagues at the University of Connecticut…

UNE lands $1.3M grant for seaweed production

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). DOE awardees are part of a new program called “Macroalgae Research Inspiring…

Sandia purposefully crashing algae ponds

For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for resistance to a host of predators and diseases, and learning to detect when an algae pond is about to crash. An estimated 30 percent of current production…

DOE to host Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshops

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office is inviting the algae industry to participate in Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshops, to be held on November 19-20 at Arizona State University…

ISU Researchers Pair Genes to Up Photosynthetic Carbon Conversion

Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, IA, are exploring the effects of controlling the expression of two algal genes that regulate the uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis. In the experiments performed…

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…

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…