Tag: algae

UC Santa Barbara gets $2.1 million ARPA-E grant to research macro-algae

UC Santa Barbara gets $2.1 million ARPA-E grant to research macro-algae

September 20, 2017 |

In California, prolific growth makes giant kelp an excellent candidate to replace corn as a biofuel. While this species naturally grows close to shore, it easily could be farmed in deeper waters. This is the focus of a new project called Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER), which seeks to develop offshore kelp farms […]

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DOE announces four algae projects to receive up to $8.8 million in funding

DOE announces four algae projects to receive up to $8.8 million in funding

September 13, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. DOE announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million. These projects will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The funding for […]

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Year-round algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to managing seasonal variation in algae production, and reducing ash

Year-round algae: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to managing seasonal variation in algae production, and reducing ash

September 7, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to better manage seasonal variation in algal biomass production, through stabilization to reduce conversion costs, and to reduce ash to increase conversion yield. In this project led by Lynn Wendt and Bradley Wahlen at Idaho National Laboratory, researchers are working up a process that preserves harvested microalgal biomass over a […]

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Scalable, Affordable, Reliable, Acceptable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to sustainable algae for biofuels

Scalable, Affordable, Reliable, Acceptable: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to sustainable algae for biofuels

September 6, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project within its Advanced Algal Systems Platform to define the indicators of sustainable algal biofuels, and determine best practices for sustainably meeting productivity and profitability goals. A research team led by Rebecca Efroymson at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Environmental Sciences Division prepared the following slides for the DOE’s 2017 Project […]

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How much do algae biofuels cost? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to algae biofuels’ techno-economics

How much do algae biofuels cost? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to algae biofuels’ techno-economics

September 2, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project aimed at providing process design and economic analysis support for the algae platform to guide R&D priorities to commercialization. In short, a technolo-economic rationale for algae biofuels at scale, and co-=products along with those fuels or as a pioneer product set. The research team aims to translate […]

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Sunlight converts algae fats directly into hydrocarbons for speedy biofuel production

Sunlight converts algae fats directly into hydrocarbons for speedy biofuel production

September 2, 2017 |

In France, researchers discovered that certain species of algae can convert fats directly to hydrocarbons that can come in handy for biofuel production. Using sunlight as an input and filtering the contents of algae to leave them with protein solutions with some cell contents, they tested them for how well they converted to fats. They […]

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What’s algae worth? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to algae biomass valorization

What’s algae worth? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to algae biomass valorization

August 24, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy has established a project to reduce cost of algal biofuels by increasing intrinsic algal biomass value, with two specific goals. First, to Identify and isolate scalable, high-value key products in biomass and process streams to improve algal biofuels economics. Second, to quantitatively integrate biomass composition and carbon efficiency with cultivation parameters […]

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Crossing the 3K threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s algae biofuels productivity

Crossing the 3K threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s algae biofuels productivity

August 23, 2017 |

Back in 2014, Sapphire Energy and the US Department of Energy embarked on a project to advance Sapphire’s (then) biomass production technologies across three priority areas to meet a target of 2,500 gallons of oil per acre per year by 2018. Productivity is directly related to the economics of algal biofuels production. By improving average […]

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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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