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Algae derived biofuel in the works for Serbia thanks to NATO funding

Algae derived biofuel in the works for Serbia thanks to NATO funding

August 20, 2017 |

In Serbia, scientists are using a three year research project supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program to commercially produce algae-derived biofuel as a way to improve their energy security. They are working with Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States. […]

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UK researcher says best to give up on algae as its physiology will keep it from going commercial

UK researcher says best to give up on algae as its physiology will keep it from going commercial

August 10, 2017 |

In the UK, a researcher at Swansea University has said that algae are limited by their physiology from ever becoming a viable large-scale feedstock for biofuel production. By growing more algae together, required to achieve economy of scale and produce above the 10,000 liters per hectare annually other efficient feedstocks can achieve, they naturally shade […]

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Sandia lab looks to use polluted sea as test bed for algae production

Sandia lab looks to use polluted sea as test bed for algae production

August 8, 2017 |

In California, 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. Algae thrives on these elements — a fact that causes […]

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ARS researchers find algae likes a tasty papaya smoothy

ARS researchers find algae likes a tasty papaya smoothy

August 1, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) researchers are leading an effort to produce biodiesel using a type of green algae known as Auxenochlorella protothecoides (formerly Chlorella protothecoides) tied with the pulp of discarded papayas, namely, those deemed too blemished, malformed, or damaged to be sold for market. The system devised by researchers calls for growing […]

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Russian scientists determine composition of microalgae biofuel

Russian scientists determine composition of microalgae biofuel

July 31, 2017 |

In Russia, scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to determine the composition of a biofuel obtained from the microalgae Spirulina platensis. The researchers studied two biofuel fractions obtained using a special algal mass treatment method. The researchers also proved that biofuel has little to do with oil in terms of its composition. However, it is […]

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WSU researchers develop better, faster way to grow algae

WSU researchers develop better, faster way to grow algae

July 24, 2017 |

In Washington state, Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Their work was reported in the journal Algal Research. The researchers developed a unique biofilm reactor that recycles gasses and uses less […]

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Gen3Bio commercializing algae-to-biochemicals technology

Gen3Bio commercializing algae-to-biochemicals technology

July 20, 2017 |

In Indiana, Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste. The company is scaling up and commercializing an effective, efficient and low-cost algae extraction method to lyse open the algae cells […]

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From advanced algae to VMAX: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Genomics

From advanced algae to VMAX: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Synthetic Genomics

July 16, 2017 |

Last month, at the annual BIO convention, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics announced a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the improvement of the Nannochloropsis gaditana algae strain. Currently at proof of concept scale, at the productivity rates seen under lab conditions, the strain could produce up to 1600 gallons per acre per year of […]

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University of Dayton researchers seek to reduce algae’s limitations

University of Dayton researchers seek to reduce algae’s limitations

July 13, 2017 |

In Ohio, researchers at the University of Dayton Research Institute are addressing algae’s vulnerability to fluctuations in weather and temperature, limiting commercial growers and researchers in their selection of growing systems and locations. “Our goal was to design and build an economical and efficient system that could be transported anywhere, easily assembled and operate in […]

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DOE awards $8 million to three projects aimed at reducing costs for algae biomaterials

DOE awards $8 million to three projects aimed at reducing costs for algae biomaterials

July 12, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms and cultures. They will also deliver biology-focused breakthroughs while enabling […]

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