In Mexico, researchers at the CICESE in Ensenada have developed a prototype biodiesel facility using microalgae as feedstock and solar power to power the growth, not just in photoreactors during the day but also stored so that they can continue to produce at night, allowing for a 24-hour production cycle. Doing so is meant to […]
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At ABLC Next in California, Cellana and PIVEG announced a letter of intent for the joint development and commercialization of Omega-3 oils and other high-value applications from algae biomass. Initially, Cellana will supply PIVEG with material from its Kona Demonstration Facility, and PIVEG will utilize its existing processing equipment and facilities in Central Mexico, while […]
In Missouri, researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have discovered a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing growth. The findings were published Sept. 6, in a paper titled, “Synergism between inositol polyphosphates and TOR kinase signaling in nutrient sensing, growth control and lipid metabolism in Chlamydomonas,” in The Plant Cell. They […]
On October 23-26 the algae industry gathered in Phoenix, AZ for the Algae Biomass Summit , its annual get together. Gone are the glory days of algae biofuels capturing headlines and promising to save the world from climate change. Over the years some of the early players are gone, others have changed focus and others […]
Hydrothermal Processing and Algae to Oil: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Reliance Industries
Reliance Industries has been working on HTL technology for algae conversion to biofuel for last 5 years and recently have started extending their work beyond algae to other feedstock. With its inherent technological advantages over other technologies for treating wet biomass, Reliance says that “HTL has a potential to become a platform technology to treat many […]
Los Alamos National Lab is engaged in applied, precompetitive R&D in Algae Biotechnology and Bioenegineering. The activities are divided into: molecular tools, technologies, and resources for strain improvement; improved strains ; and bioenegineering technologies for increasing algae biomass productivity and the energy-efficiency of algae processing steps Los Alamos gave the following presentation as an update on their efforts.
Of all the many wonders at the Algae Biomass Summit this week, perhaps there was nothing more interesting in terms of the Department of Energy’s laudable attention to the sector than a poster from NREL on a project “to screen microalgal biomass to discover novel molecules which have potential to be used as gasoline fuel.” In […]
More algae, more animal feed: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Cornell Marine Algal Biofuels Consortium
The Cornell Marine Algal Biofuels Consortium includes Cornell, Duke, Cellana, SOEST, San Francisco State, the University of Nordland, the University of Southern Mississippi, GIFAS and the Sahara Forest Project. The overall project aimed for productivity of 1,500 gal/acre/yr algal oil by Q4 2014 and productivity of 2,500 gal/acre/yr algal oil by Q4 2018. The goal? […]
Growing algae faster, better, cheaper: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s algae biomass project
Since 2013, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has had an Algae Biomass project underway, under the direction of Dr. Phil Pienkos, aimed at “reducing algal biofuel production cost by developing advanced process options for the conversion of algal biomass into biofuels and bioproducts based on the three major biomass components: lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins. Here’s […]
In Arizona this week, the Algae Biomass Summit kicks off — the industry’s largest and most glamorous get-together — and it affords us all an opportunity to measure algae’s progress and prospects. It was almost nine years ago that the Algae Biomass Organization debuted at high tide for biofuels, hailed as a wonder crop by […]