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What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization I had the privilege of sitting in the Science, Space, & Technology Committee Room of the Rayburn House Office Building last month for the launch of the new Congressional Algae Caucus with its bi-partisan chairmen, Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona and Democrat Scott Peters of California. They, […]

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November 12, 2013 More

Getting by with a little help from my friends

by Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization What’s the secret to commercializing a new technology? Recently Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, discussed how that program has an approximately 97% success rate, despite a few well-known failures. As the algae industry closes in on the launch of […]

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June 11, 2013 More

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

By Douglas Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” The International Energy Agency recently issued its World Energy Outlook 2012 with much press attention (and some misreporting), because of its dramatic projections about the emergence of new global energy landscape. Its main highlight: The U.S. could become, in less than a decade, the largest oil producer in the […]

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December 17, 2012 More

By-Products: The Key to Ethanol’s Struggles

Ethanol’s Struggles Aside from the common “food vs. fuel” debate surrounding ethanol from corn, rising corn crop prices and slower rising ethanol prices has resulted in ethanol plants suffering significant net losses. Ethanol producers have to find additional revenue streams from the total product of their production process including by-products, such as CO2 which unlike […]

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December 12, 2012 More

Politics, Policy and Principles


By Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization In the past few weeks we’ve seen and heard a lot of chatter about high gas prices, domestic energy and biofuels – algae biofuels in particular.  Some took the opportunity to turn President Obama’s support for algae into a liability for him, and the algae industry into […]

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April 2, 2012 More

Out from Solyndra’s Shadow

Federal loan guarantees may be scuttled after the Solyndra affair – but should the baby really be thrown out with the bathwater? By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO, Industrial Biotechnology & Environment Section Federal loan guarantee programs for bioenergy may be headed for demise – death by 1.2 trillion cuts. The recent Solyndra scandal is […]

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November 17, 2011 More

Our troops deserve the support that flows from domestic biofuels, says Gen. Clark

Consider this: Every time the price of a barrel of imported oil rises one dollar, it costs the Navy $31 million in increased fuel costs. The result is that the military must run fewer operations and complete fewer training exercises. Our nation imagines itself the most free and secure in the world, yet this statistic […]

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October 19, 2011 More

RFS: It’s Not Perfect, But It’s Working

By Brent Erickson, Digest columnist and Executive Vice-President, BIO Industrial and Environment Section The Renewable Fuel Standard is the key foundation policy supporting the commercial development of advanced biofuels. It is not working as fast as some would like, but given the current economic situation it is indeed working. A handful of advanced biofuel companies […]

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October 11, 2011 More

Federal Policy for Reducing Uncertainty for Advanced Biofuels Producers

by Brent Erickson, Executive VP, BIO As any number of economic analysts have noted, continued policy uncertainty is holding businesses back from the hiring and investment needed to get the economy moving again. The advanced biofuel industry has been trying to deploy pioneering technology in the midst of the recent economic downturn. Additional uncertainty over […]

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September 6, 2011 More

Fostering the next generation of biofuels innovators

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization In our country’s spirited debate over energy, innovation and the economy, perhaps no phrase has been uttered more often than “green jobs.” While the precise meaning of “green job” continues to be a topic of debate, I would submit that jobs in the algae industry are indeed […]

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August 3, 2011 More