Tag: algae

Mazda investing in joint research projects to get algae-based fuels commercial

Mazda investing in joint research projects to get algae-based fuels commercial

March 30, 2020 |

In the UK, Mazda is currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth. As part of its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ long-term technology development program, the company is committed to reducing its average ‘Well-to-Wheel’ CO2 emissions to 50% of […]

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Indonesian researchers study local algae strains for renewable diesel

Indonesian researchers study local algae strains for renewable diesel

December 23, 2019 |

In Indonesia, researchers from Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) conducted a study on microalgae for renewable biodiesel development. In the study, there were two types of Indonesian microalgae strains used, Nannochloropsis oculata and chlorella vulgaris. Uniquely, both have the same main growth component but differ in the type of micronutrients (trace elements). For in-situ method, microalgae cells […]

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NREL research discover fast-growing, resilient algal strain

NREL research discover fast-growing, resilient algal strain

December 21, 2019 |

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado School of Mines discovered a promising new algal strain which can be cultivated outdoors at high temperature and in saltwater and can rapidly convert carbon dioxide into renewable biomass. The strain they identified— Picochlorum renovo—was one of hundreds that the researchers studied. Picochlorum […]

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Design2Scale Challenge accepting applications for 3rd generation biofuels innovations

Design2Scale Challenge accepting applications for 3rd generation biofuels innovations

November 3, 2019 |

In Texas, ExxonMobil and Fraunhofer USA are accepting applications for its newest TechBridge Challenge, the Designed2Scale Challenge, until November 15th for new technologies in algae and microalgae for biofuels. Fraunhofer TechBridgewill award up to $50,000 in prototyping, demonstration, and/or validation services from Fraunhofer R&D network to selected teams. Solutions of interest include: Technologies and strategies […]

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Spanish researchers make hydrogen from algae breakthrough

Spanish researchers make hydrogen from algae breakthrough

September 23, 2019 |

In Spain, a team from the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Cordoba has been searching for ways to increase hydrogen production by using microorganisms, specifically microalgae and bacteria. In this vein, researchers were able to increase hydrogen production by combining unicellular green alga called Chlamydomonas reinhardtii with Escherichia coli bacteria. The […]

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How algae makes pink pigments relies on key enzyme

How algae makes pink pigments relies on key enzyme

September 21, 2019 |

In Germany, a team from the Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) and the Technical University of Kaiserslautern was able to show how the synthesis of the pink dye phycoerythrobilin works in detail. An enzyme is the key to the color of certain algae. And thus also to their ability […]

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Mazda funds Japanese universities for microalgae biofuel research

Mazda funds Japanese universities for microalgae biofuel research

September 15, 2019 |

In Japan, Autocar reports that Mazda is working on carbon-neutral biofuel by giving funding to the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Hiroshima University so researchers can look at genome editing and plant physiology, including microalgae specifically for biofuel. Autocar reports that “Mazda anticipates a gradual transition to biofuel, if that path is taken, with both […]

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Living Ink working with partners to commercialize algae-based ink

Living Ink working with partners to commercialize algae-based ink

August 31, 2019 |

In Colorado, Living Ink makes inks based on algae and is partnering with printers to bring Algae Ink to commercialization. Living Ink is using proprietary technology to take the crude pigment from algae and purify it, mill it, and form it into a dispersion that can then be formulated into a variety of products including […]

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Philippine aerospace startup looks to algae as feedstock for rocket fuel

Philippine aerospace startup looks to algae as feedstock for rocket fuel

August 28, 2019 |

In the Philippines, ABS CBN news reports that OrbitX, the country’s first space start-up, is developing reusable rockets that will be fueled by liquid methane produced from biogas that uses algae as feedstock. The rockets will fly on a mixture of liquid methane with liquid oxygen. The Philippines recently created a national space agency but […]

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Rutgers researchers discover how algae harness solar energy

Rutgers researchers discover how algae harness solar energy

August 15, 2019 |

In New Jersey, scientists have discovered how diatoms – a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen – harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate […]

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