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…

BETO ups algae focus for 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced the 2016 update of the BETO Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP), reflecting a non-specific increase in the attention toward algal biofuels. BETO’s “Algal Feedstocks Research and Development”… [Read the full story]

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…

DOE awards UA-led team $8M for biofuel

The University of Arizona (UA) is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed, or RAFT, partnership, which was recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy…

NRC Algal Biofuel Study Notes Concerns, Innovations Needed

According to a National Research Council (NRC) study released today—supported by the National Academy of Sciences and sponsored by the Department of Energy—scaling up the production of biofuels…

DOE Announces Renewable Energy Webinars

The Department of Energy (DOE) office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is offering webinars to the public on subjects ranging from how to adopt the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy…

DOE Announces Up to $15M for Biomass-Based Fuel Supplements

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $15 million available to demonstrate biomass-based oil supplements that can be blended with petroleum, helping the United States to reduce foreign oil use…

Navy Secretary Mabus Defends Biofuels Spending

According to Fox News, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is defending the Navy’s spending on the development of biofuels against recent criticism by some members of Congress…

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…

DOE Opens the Door to Energy Research Patents

As part of the Obama Administration’s Startup America Initiative, U.S. Energy Secretary Chu has announced the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, which will give start-up companies…

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…

DOE Announces Three New Funding Opportunities

The Department of Energy has announced three new programs to provide financial assistance for developers of biofuels and clean energy solutions. 1. $11 Million for Biofuels Technology Development. This program…