Harvesting algae as a biofilm

In research by Aravindan Rajendran and Bo Hu published recently in Biotechnology for Biofuels, they describe the development of a novel platform technology using algae and fungal cultures. While microalgae is considered a promising source for biofuel and bioenergy production, bio-remediation and production of high-value…

Producing a biofertilizer with microalgae and wastewater

The high concentration of nutrients in wastewaters and in effluents of agro-industrial processes, particularly total N and P, is an environmental problem, and requires costly chemical-based treatments to remove them during wastewater treatment. The ability of microalgae to effectively grow in nutrient-rich…

Bangladesh looking for algae developers

Bangladesh will have 200 million inhabitants by 2050, which will lead to national challenges in terms of food and energy supply, as well as overall sustainability. Bangladesh has been ranked a lower-middle income country for its improved economic performance…

Efficient transfer of CO2 to microalgal systems

Researchers have developed a new inexpensive and environmentally friendly technique to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, according to a study at the University of Melbourne. The technique involves a novel combination of solvent absorption, membrane desorption and microalgal cultivation…

Magnetic nanoparticle harvests microalgae

Chen Wei-han of the Taipei Times reports that a National Taiwan University (NTU) research team has announced the formulation of a synthetic nanoparticle that is able to extract oil from algae and turn it into biodiesel. The team, led by NTU chemistry professor Chia-wen Wu, synthesized a magnetic nanoparticle for…

Microalgae water treatment project in Mexico

The Faculty of Engineering (FI) of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), a Mexican public university based in the city of Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, is carrying out a greenhouse drainage water treatment project using microalgae so that the water can be reused without damaging crops. Dr. Marieke…

Feeding cattle with post lipid extracted microalgae

Livestock scientists see microalgae’s potential as a sustainable, high-energy feedstuff as well as a protein supplement. Among those scientists are Dr. Megan Van Emon, Assistant Professor at Montana State University, Dr. Daniel Loy, Professor of Animal Science at Iowa State University and Dr. Stephanie Hansen…

Algae shown to increase digestive health in pig feed

A study recently published on WATTAgNet.com, an information resource for poultry, pig and feed industries, determined that piglets fed with microalgae demonstrated increased immunity…

Algae-powered building to open in Germany

An algae-covered/powered building, designed by Splitterwerk Architects, will go on display this Month in Hamburg, Germany. Called BIQ, the building features a bio-adaptive façade of microalgae and…

Fermentalg tests algae biodiesel on production vehicle

Fermentalg, a Libourne, France-based industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae, has unveiled a production model vehicle with no specific…

Taiwan Pursuing Microalgae Bioenergy

Edwin Hsiao reports in Taiwan Today that the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) in Pingtung County, in southern Taiwan, has just released the results of a joint microalgae bioenergy development program…

ENN, EADS/Airbus to Collaborate on Algae-based Aviation Fuels

China’s ENN and Europe’s EADS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to co-develop microalgae-based aviation fuels. The agreement was made public at the China International Air Show in…

Lootah and AlgaOil to Collaborate on Algal Biofuel

Lootah Biofuels, of Dubai, and Singapore-based AlgaOil Ltd. Have announced their entry into a new joint project in which the two companies will merge their expertise to develop algal biofuels…

Algae Master Plan for the Philippines

Work is underway to create a five-year plan to be used as a roadmap for developing commercial uses for Philippine strains of microalgae. Known as the Algae Research and Commercialization Master Plan…

NSE Announces New PBR Product Line

Santa Fe, NM-based New Solutions Energy Inc., manufacturer/assembler of versatile all-weather, closed-loop algae growing systems and technical support providers for sustainable fuel and food production…

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…

SAT Wins Brazilian Bioenergy Innovation of the Year Award

In followup to an earlier story, SEE Algae Technology GmbH, a leading developer of infrastructure for the commercial production of high-quality algae, received the Brazilian Bioenergy Innovation of the Year 2012…

EVERIS and BTME Build 2nd Largest Euro Algae Facility

The joint venture between EXELERIA (Group EVERIS) and BTME, has finished construction and is beginning the operation of the second largest microalgae production facility in Europe. ..

Australia Defines Best Algae Cultivation Locations

Scientists have identified a number of Western Australia (WA) sites capable of producing large quantities of commercial biofuel from microalgae. They say the best sites for big-scale algal biofuel plants include…

New Algal Research Journal to Launch

A new scientific journal for the algal industry, Algal Research, is being launched in May, 2012, by Elsevier, an international provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services…

Scientists Study Algal Protein Renewal for Improving Climate Tolerance

From the Scotsman, news about a team of scientists at Edinburgh University testing algae and discovering that renewal of old or damaged cell proteins might help plant adaptation to rapidly changing climates…

Algae 101 Part 13: Why is algae the most efficient way to capture solar energy for food and energy production?

Our modern societies face substantial sustainability challenges to food and energy supplies. Our future…

Algae 101 Part Six: Algal Classification

Algae are living plants that break the rules for plant classification because they evolved in many different forms—cells, multicellular plants, bacteria and in nearly infinite combinations. While the various species…