Tag: algae

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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Where are the algae fuel gallons? Bioreactors on a chip touted as a way forward

Where are the algae fuel gallons? Bioreactors on a chip touted as a way forward

October 5, 2017 |

One of the themes that has been racing around the industry in the past week has been the suggestion that bioreactors on a chip are renewing promises for algal biofuels. A development of interest in algae strain screening tech That hopes have been revived along those lines is not entirely surprising, given that Cornell University […]

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The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to High Productivity, Flexible Microalgae

October 5, 2017 |

This week we’ve been looking at major advances in crops and feedstocks and algae is very much in the mix in that respect – the sustainable production of microalgae with high productivity and flexible composition is of special interest and today’s slide deck in The Digest looks at that area. This illuminating presentation comes from […]

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Cornell and Texas A&M researcher develop algal droplet bioreactors on a chip

Cornell and Texas A&M researcher develop algal droplet bioreactors on a chip

September 28, 2017 |

In New York state, researchers from Cornell University’s Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: Algal droplet bioreactors on a chip. A single algal cell is captured in a tiny droplet of water encapsulated by oil – imagine […]

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Michigan State researchers to explore use of power plant emissions for algae-based technologies

Michigan State researchers to explore use of power plant emissions for algae-based technologies

September 26, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, unites faculty from the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and the MSU Chemistry Department with […]

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Princeton studies show how algae use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis

Princeton studies show how algae use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis

September 25, 2017 |

In New Jersey, two new studies of green algae have revealed new insights into how these organisms siphon carbon dioxide from the air for use in photosynthesis, a key factor in their ability to grow so quickly. Understanding this process may someday help researchers improve the growth rate of crops such as wheat and rice. […]

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