Tag: algae

Singapore researchers using waste biomass for algae harvesting

Singapore researchers using waste biomass for algae harvesting

February 18, 2015 |

In Singapore, waste biomass from fungal fermentation processes could be used to bind to and harvest microalgae being used in other biotechnology applications. A*STAR researchers have successfully demonstrated this procedure with fungal mycelium—the main vegetative part of a fungus such as the tangled mass of underground fibers beneath sprouting mushrooms. The A*STAR team knew that […]

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The 98-picogram weakling: Crop Defense and Algae

The 98-picogram weakling: Crop Defense and Algae

February 18, 2015 |

We now can grow algae, dewater it, harvest it, and process it on an industrial scale into dozens of useful everyday fuels, chemicals, food ingredients and materials. But can we keep it alive? What have we learned about keeping algae safe from predators, competitors, parasites and disease? Poor algae. It’s been programmed by Nature, likes some sports teams […]

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$500/BOE Profit from Algae? Yes We Can!

$500/BOE Profit from Algae? Yes We Can!

February 9, 2015 |

By Stafford “Doc” Williamson   The Biofuels Digest is a little treasure trove of goodies. I just found one that helps make the case that algae derived biofuels are closer than you think. I mean, economically viable algae-based biofuels. In an article published recently (Jan 12, 2015) in the Biofuels Digest  with the unlikely title […]

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Faster evolution: Researchers find natural gene transfer occuring from algae to sea slugs.

Faster evolution: Researchers find natural gene transfer occuring from algae to sea slugs.

February 4, 2015 |

Sidney K. Pierce, an emeritus professor at University of South Florida and at University of Maryland, College Park, remarks, “There is no way on earth that genes from an alga should work inside an animal cell.” But then they found Elysia chlorotica, an emerald green sea slug whose chromosomes have some genes that come from […]

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae

January 29, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, a common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual […]

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World’s largest oil refinery adds Algenol algae demonstration project

World’s largest oil refinery adds Algenol algae demonstration project

January 26, 2015 |

Reliance Industries taps Algenol, completes algae production system; producing algae from CO2 recycled from industrial processes; could later demonstrate the fuels production capabilities of Algenol’s advanced fuel producing algae and systems.  In India, Algenol and Reliance Industries have successfully deployed India’s first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar […]

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Spanish researchers patent method to better dehydrate algae using less energy

Spanish researchers patent method to better dehydrate algae using less energy

January 12, 2015 |

In Spain, researchers at the University of Almeria have developed and patented a method to dewater microalgae and reduce the “soup” they live in by as much as a third without boosting the overall energy consumption in the biodiesel’s production lifecycle. Rather than using a centrifuge to dehydrate the microalgae, the process developed is more […]

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Gorilla Sized Opportunity Blindness

Gorilla Sized Opportunity Blindness

January 12, 2015 |

On a recent trading day, (Dec. 26, 2014 to be specific) Western Texas Intermediate closed at $59.45 for Feb. 15, 2015 delivery. At the same time, Gasoline for Jan. 15 delivery closed at US$1.51 (and 54/110ths) per gallon (US gallon). Oddly enough, it wasn’t a scary event to me. Just barely less than a year […]

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Ecuadorian researchers looking at Antarctic algae as biodiesel feedstock

Ecuadorian researchers looking at Antarctic algae as biodiesel feedstock

January 8, 2015 |

In Ecuador, researchers at the Central University of Ecuador are studying species of algae found in Antarctic waters with the hope of someday using them to produce biofuels to power the country’s research facility at Greenwich Antarctic Island. The researchers have determined that algae that are stressed and with limited food produce more vegetable oil […]

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The DOE’s shifting worldview for biofuels deployment, now through 2030

The DOE’s shifting worldview for biofuels deployment, now through 2030

December 28, 2014 |

Feedstock costs and challenges come under the microscope as the DOE reports new data on algae-based feedstocks and terrestrial crops too. Can algae-based biofuels reach full commercial scale by 2030? The Digest investigates. Twice this year, the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has issued a revision of its ongoing Multi-Year Program Plan, once this summer […]

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