AIM’s 2013 Yearend Wrapup: Q-2

In April…Mark Edwards and Robert Henrikson won Best Science Book award for their collaboration on Peace Microfarms… Life Technologies Corporation, of Carlsbad, California, was acquired by Waltham…

Spirulina microfarm/testbed launched in Northwest US

One of the northern most spirulina farms in operation officially opened in July 2013, when the first tour group from Seattle, Bellingham and British Columbia visited the new…

Peace Microfarms, by Edwards and Henrikson, wins Best Science Book award

Mark Edwards and Robert Henrikson, have been awarded the 2013 Pinnacle Award for Best Science Book, for their co-authored Peace Microfarms…

Henrikson and Edwards to host small-scale algae microfarming seminar at SFCC

Robert Henrikson and Dr. Mark Edwards, two of the algae industry’s leading experts on algae cultivation, will host an algae microfarming workshop on April 6, 2013 from 9AM to 4PM at Santa Fe…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 6

How will growing algae change the world and improve our lives? Imagine our future living in cities where buildings are covered with photosynthetic skins and vertical gardens, collecting the sun’s energy and producing food and energy for urban citizens…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 5

Algae are being grown in outdoor ponds, greenhouses, photo bioreactors, fermenters and hybrid systems combining bioreactors and ponds. As new technologies and systems arrive, algae microfarming will be less costly…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 4

Over the past 30 years, many people have asked how they can grow algae themselves in their own back yard. The good news is that small scale algae farming has been tested for 30 years…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 2

Spirulina has been adopted by village farms in the developing world. As a supplement, spirulina offers remarkable benefits for undernourished people, especially children, with a long historical record…

Algae 101: Part 46

The cost of diabetes in the US approaches $200 billion annually. A new study released at the “Weight of the Nation” conference in Washington DC in April 2012 predicts 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030. Either we solve diabetes…

Future of Algae Book Released

Imagine Our Algae Future, Visionary Algae Architecture and Landscape Designs, by Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards, invites us to imagine our future living in cities where buildings are covered with…

The Green Loop

The International Algae Competition Abundance Prize and Best Video ($3000) was awarded to Green Loop: Marina City Global Algae Retrofitting, Chicago by Influx_Studio, Mario Caceres and Christian Canonico. This is an algae based…

Know Your Seaweeds

An informative video on the roles, applications and values of seaweeds in marine ecosystems, our economy and society, has been created by researchers at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 6

Imagine living in cities where buildings are covered with green photosynthetic membranes and vertical gardens, collecting the sun’s energy and producing food for urban citizens. Imagine greening desert coastlines, producing for millions of people…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 4

How will algae production be designed into future landscapes, buildings and communities? What will they look like and how will they work? Algae Competition invited algae enthusiasts, architects, designers, visionaries…

The Future of Algae, Pt. 3

What are the best designs, engineering and systems to work effectively and economically on a community scale or distributed model? Algae Competition invited algae enthusiasts, engineers, systems designers, builders, students and teams to develop working…

Future of Algae Begins Wednesday

About a year ago, algae industry icons Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards launched the International Algae Competition. Their global challenge was intended to create an open source collaboratory that expands…

Spirulina Microfarming

EcoDomaine Ferme de Bouquetot is located 3 km from the Normandy Coast. This experimental integrated farm has four 50 m2 algae ponds. One pond is grown on organic nutrients from a biogas digestor. Ponds are heated, covered and insulated…

Eating Fresh Spirulina

A.I.M. contributor Robert Henrikson visits with the burgeoning French spirulina society at a meeting of the Federation des Spiruliniers de France in June 2011, hosted by Ripley and Denise Fox in Laroque, France. Robert is treated to fresh spirulina paste in dips…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 6

In over 40 countries, tablets, powder and capsules are widely used supplements. Spirulina is a featured ingredient in pasta, cookies, snack bars and juice drinks, and in personal care products like skin creams and shampoos…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 5 Development of a Spirulina Industry – Production

Over the past 30 years, the spirulina industry has been supplied by many small to large-scale farms around the world, using a wide range of algae…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 2 First Human Consumption and Cultivation

Microalgae have kept a low profile, but interaction with humans is notable on several occasions. The Bible describes, when the Israelites were starving in the wilderness, God provided ‘manna’…

Special Report: Spirulina Part 1 Origins and Biology

Spirulina is the immortal descendent of the first photosynthetic life form. Beginning 3.5 billion years ago, blue-green algae created our oxygen atmosphere so other life could evolve. Since then, algae…

2011 International Algae Competition Launched

A global challenge to design visionary algae food, energy systems, landscape designs, and production systems has been launched with the objective to create an open source…

2011 Algae Competition

Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards introduce the 2011 International Algae Competition. 1) design landscapes that integrate algae production systems.
2) develop working models of algae production systems and microfarms…

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