Kampachi gets $3.3m for seaweed into food, feed, fuel

Jason Huffman writes in UndercurrentNews.com that the Kampachi Company, a mariculture business focused on expanding the environmentally sound production of sashimi-grade marine fish in ocean-based cages, is planning to make a play in the seaweed space. The Kona…

DOE: $15M for 7 algal bioenergy R&D projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of 7 algal projects totaling $15 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. This R&D will go toward enabling cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products…

DOE: up to $8.8M for algae tech innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. “These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms…

DOE requests info on bioproducts process verification

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels…

AIM Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin

It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s Center for Space Research, started to question the work of the Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program, the first major scientific collaboration looking at creating biofuel from algae…

AIM Interview: NAABB’s Dr. José Olivares

As the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts, NAABB, comes to the end of the second year in its three-year lifecycle, it’s looking more and more like Aquatic Species Program: The Next…

DOE Researchers Claim “Genetic Breakthrough” for Cheaper Biofuels

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have announced what they consider a major breakthrough in engineering systems of RNA molecules through…

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…

AIM Interview: Ron Pate—Page 3

What is your reality check on the industry—especially any areas you think are misunderstood, or misrepresented? I’ll give two examples. The first deals with the current technical readiness level of algae biofuels, which I think has been …

AIM Interview: Ron Pate—Page 2

The most direct support for biofuels development can be expected to come from a combination of DOD, DOE, and USDA, of which the recently announced joint initiative on advanced drop-in biofuels is a prime example. I don’t know…

AIM Interview: Sandia and DOE’s Ron Pate

A Principal Member of the Technical Staff of Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories, serving in the Earth Systems Analysis – Energy, Resources, and Systems Analysis division…

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares

Here in New Mexico the forest fires have been burning for nearly a month, scorching over 130,000 acres so far, making this the biggest fire in New Mexico’s recorded history…

A.I.M. Interview: Algae Genetic Engineer Dr. Stephen Mayfield Part 2

We continue with the conclusion of our interview with Dr. Stephen Mayfield…Do you have a concern about genetic engineering? Is there a dark side that you think has a valid risk…

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?