AIM Interview: Matthew Carr, ABO Executive Director

Matthew Carr was recently named executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the leading trade association for the algae industry. His presence will soon become familiar to the industry when…

Sapphire Energy announces James Levine as new CEO

Sapphire Energy has announced the appointment of biotechnology veteran James Levine as president, CEO and member of the board of directors. Levine replaces Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, who is stepping down…

California companies say climate change is economic opportunity 


As California battles the worst drought in centuries, more than a 140 California-based businesses, including Apple, SolarCity, San Diego International Airport, Sungevity, and Sapphire Energy…

Senator Heinrich visits Sapphire with eye on federal policies

Alta LeCompte writes in the Las Cruces (New Mexico) Bulletin that U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biofuel industry and the challenge it poses for legislators…

Algal Biofuel Progress

CBS News talks with Juergen Polle and Paul Falkowski about the pathway to algal biofuels, and then shows an update of developments at Sapphire Energy, working to make algae-based…

New study: Algae biofuel cuts CO2 >50% vs. petroleum

Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional…

Sapphire Energy pays back USDA loan guarantee

Sapphire Energy, Inc. has paid off the entire loan guarantee awarded to the company by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In Dec. 2009, the company was awarded a $54.5 million loan guarantee…

Sapphire hires Dr. Matthew Croughan as new CTO

Sapphire Energy, Inc. has announced that Dr. Matthew Croughan will join the company as Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Croughan is a world renowned engineer and researcher in industrial bioprocessing…

Sapphire strikes agreement with Tesoro for Green Crude

Sapphire Energy has entered into a commercial agreement with Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Tesoro Corporation, to purchase crude oil from Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm…

Analysis of algae parasite impact published

As part of an ongoing effort to improve commercial scale algae biofuel production, a group of scientists, led by crude oil producer Sapphire Energy, Inc., has announced the completion of a collaborative study…

Sapphire’s ‘CJ’ Warner lauds Dr. Leroy Hood for National Medal of Science

“On behalf of Sapphire Energy, I want to congratulate Dr. Leroy Hood on being honored with the National Medal of Science from President Obama today (Feb.1, 2013). As the co-founder and president…

Sapphire Energy appoints Thomas Willardson new CFO

Sapphire Energy, Inc. has announced Thomas ‘Tom’ Willardson has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Willardson brings more than 30 years of experience in leading financial initiatives…

ISB and Sapphire

Dr. Nitin Baliga, ISB’s Director for Integrative Biology, discusses the strategy for their recent partnership with Sapphire Energy to bring ISB’s high end computational systems biology together with Sapphire’s state-of-the-art fuel production capabilities…

Sapphire Implements PI System Enterprise Technology

Sapphire Energy’s New Mexico-based facilities, including the Green Crude Farm in Columbus and the Research and Development facility in Las Cruces, have announced implementing the PI System…

Sapphire Hires Jeff Webster as COO

Sapphire Energy, Inc. has announced the appointment of Jeff Webster as Chief Operating Officer (COO). In this role he will oversee current and future business operations, business and project development…

Sapphire and ISB Partner on Commercial Algae Production

Sapphire Energy and Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), pioneers of the cross-disciplinary and integrative systems approach to research, have announced a strategic partnership to further…

AIM Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk

Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, in Columbus, New Mexico, is the biggest gamble on the table for commercial-scale algae to fuel. With over $300 million in investments and loan guarantees…

Green Crude Farm

This short video slideshow chronicles the development of Sapphire Energy’s innovative Green Crude Farm, located near Columbus, New Mexico. The video begins with groundbreaking in mid-2011 and documents…

Sapphire Announces NM Algae Farm Phase 1 Completion

Sapphire Energy has announced the first phase of its Green Crude Farm – the world’s first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility – is now operational in Columbus, New Mexico. Construction of…

Sapphire Names New Scientific Advisory Board

Sapphire Energy has announced new members to its Scientific Advisory Board as the company readies its first algae-to-energy commercial demonstration facility. The new board members represent some of the…

Sapphire CEO Clarifies Departure

Amid the speculation of why Jason Pyle left Sapphire Energy, seemingly just before their major launch into pre-commercial operations, Bruce Bigelow’s interview with the former CEO in Xconomy explains why…

Jason Pyle to Leave Sapphire Energy Operations

Sapphire Energy, Inc., has announced that Dr. Jason Pyle will step down as chief executive officer effective immediately. He will remain a member of the Sapphire Energy board of directors. Dr. Pyle, a respected…

Sapphire Announces $144 Million Series C Funding

Sapphire Energy has announced it has secured the final tranche of a $144 million Series C investment funding. The Series C backers include Arrowpoint Partners, Monsanto, and other undisclosed investors…

The Life of Algae

This video from Sapphie Energy tracks the cultivation of algae from their San Diego lab in microscopic images, to petri dishes, to flasks, and then outside in their Las Cruces, NM facility and into 14′, 40′, 100′ and half-acre ponds…

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