Farming cyanobacteria — a new source of biofuel?

A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. HelioBioSys is working with cyanobacteria which…

Sandia testing Salton Sea-grown algae

Sandia National Laboratories is testing whether one of California’s largest and most polluted lakes can transform into one of its most productive and profitable. Southern California’s 350-square-mile Salton Sea has well-documented problems related to elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff…

Sandia targets algae pond monitoring, diagnostics

Because of the way algae is grown and produced in most algal ponds, they are prone to attack by fungi, rotifers, viruses or other predators. Consequently, algal pond collapse…

Sandia scientist engineers cyanobacteria for fuel

Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels, and has also found that the process…

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…

Algae World Summit Returns to San Diego

Infocast’s 3rd Annual Algae World Summit returns to San Diego, May 23-25. This year’s edition will bring together key players across the value chain, including algae developers, vendors, scientists, investors…