Tag: algae

It’s all about sex with algae research

It’s all about sex with algae research

March 11, 2018 |

In Missouri, researchers from Donald Danforth Plant Science Center studied the earliest stages the evolution of male and female sexes in a group of freshwater photosynthetic protists called volvocine green algae, which could have implications for breeding algae for biofuel applications. James Umen, Ph.D., a member of the Enterprise Rent-a-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels and […]

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Euglena using algae-based bio-SPK in power generation trial

Euglena using algae-based bio-SPK in power generation trial

February 1, 2018 |

In Japan, two weeks ago Euglena began testing its algae-based bio-SPK in a power generation facility as part of a trial run schedule to last through June. The company’s pilot facility is expected to come online by October when it will produce about 5 barrels of fuel per day. It believes it can get productions […]

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Phytoplankton research could improve biofuel yields

Phytoplankton research could improve biofuel yields

January 27, 2018 |

In Connecticut, Yale University researchers in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology found that by accounting for changes in an organism’s plasticity they can develop better population predictions for phytoplankton, which can prove beneficial for biofuel operations. Higher biofuel yields could be obtained by growing algae in environments with fluctuating temperatures rather than by […]

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5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

January 17, 2018 |

Algae chocolate, algae ink, algae protein powder, algae as a solar technology and algae as a diversification strategy for tourist economies? Algae investors and project developers may be the most inventive group of people in the world when it comes to finding new market niches for the world’s oldest living oil source, friend of the […]

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Type of algae in recycled water matters for biofuel production

Type of algae in recycled water matters for biofuel production

December 1, 2017 |

In North Carolina, Duke University researcher, Sarah Loftus, found that what kind of algae used the water last matters when growing algae for biofuels. She found that the type of algae previously grown in the reused water made a difference in algae cultivation. Algae secrete molecules into the water as they grow and the build-up […]

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Exxon sees commercial algae production at least another 10 years away

Exxon sees commercial algae production at least another 10 years away

November 6, 2017 |

In Texas, Exxon’s head of R&D told Bloomberg that commercial algae production is at least another 10 years away, although the company has already been investing in the technology for eight years. The algae investment and its work with the Renewable Energy Group using microbes to produce biodiesel from crop waste that was recently extended […]

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PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology to build a pilot plant using the technology. The first part of the conversion process, hydrothermal […]

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ExxonMobil breaks ground on algae biofuel and carbon capture research facility

ExxonMobil breaks ground on algae biofuel and carbon capture research facility

October 14, 2017 |

In New Jersey, ExxonMobil broke ground on the expansion of its research facility which will focus on research and development for algae biofuel and carbon capture technologies. It is expected to be completed in 2019 and will include a new engine testing center, a lubricant research and development blend plant, and enhancements to existing facilities […]

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Saudi researchers determine giant fish gut bacteria help to digest algae

Saudi researchers determine giant fish gut bacteria help to digest algae

October 12, 2017 |

In Saudi Arabia, Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, but they may also provide a valuable genetic resource for biofuel research. An international team led by King Abdullah University of Science & […]

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Algae wastewater gets new life as valuable commodity thanks to microbes

Algae wastewater gets new life as valuable commodity thanks to microbes

October 8, 2017 |

In Washington, researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discovered a method of converting algae biofuel waste product into a usable and valuable commodity. Waste is produced during the first step of converting algae to biofuels via hydrothermal liquefaction. The wastewater is usually hard to process because it has so many different […]

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