Tag: algae

Manchin, Heitkamp launch bill in US Senate to prioritize carbon utilization technologies

Manchin, Heitkamp launch bill in US Senate to prioritize carbon utilization technologies

May 18, 2015 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization applauded new legislation offered by U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) to prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program. The bill (S. 1282) would add “Improving the conversion, use, and storage of CO2 produced from fossil […]

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SCHOTT unveils improved photobioreactors for algae production

SCHOTT unveils improved photobioreactors for algae production

May 4, 2015 |

In New York state, SCHOTT North America announced that its new oval glass tubes for photobioreactors (PBRs) increased maximum dry biomass output per day by more than 22 percent in its latest study in partnership with Heliae, a technology-driven algae production company. For the first time, SCHOTT’s round glass tubes were retrofitted with oval tubes […]

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Radical, dude: world’s first surfboard made from algae

Radical, dude: world’s first surfboard made from algae

April 26, 2015 |

In California, Solazyme’s oils have been instrumental in creating the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard. Solazyme supplied its innovative algal oil to scientists at UC San Diego, who in turn used these sustainable oils to create an algae-based surfboard. The surfboard was publicly unveiled and presented to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer just before Earth […]

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Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

April 21, 2015 |

In Texas, in one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorus from wastewater. The findings, which […]

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North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

April 20, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the town of Navassa has put forward a proposal to allow biofuel production in heavy industrial areas and conditionally in light industrial areas. An algae-to-methane project is interested in siting a facility in the town, prompting the change to the zoning ordinance, but strict controls on smokestacks, industrial appearance and other aspects […]

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New Zealand community pushing for bioenergy solutions to red algal blooms

New Zealand community pushing for bioenergy solutions to red algal blooms

March 26, 2015 |

In New Zealand, residents of have formed an environmental watchdog group to find solutions for cleaning up Lake Karapiro that is suffering from red algal blooms. One of the solutions presented to the Waikato Regional Council is to harvest the algae as feedstock for a digester, teaming with Waipa District Council and Mighty River Power […]

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The Algae Whisperer

The Algae Whisperer

March 24, 2015 |

A new project aims to capture atmospheric CO2, affordably, using traits and techniques known to algae for millenia. “CO2, CO2 everywhere, not a kilo to have,” remarks Dr. John Benemann, as The Digest checks in with the renowned Dr. kNOw and his colleague in a new project, Dr. Michael Huesemann of PNNL. Huesemann is a […]

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Algae: price competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, survey finds

Algae: price competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, survey finds

March 13, 2015 |

The Algae Biomass Organization’s 2015 Industry Survey was conducted in January and February, 2015 through an electronic questionnaire sent via email to ABO’s 7,000+ contact list. The survey asked for opinion and projections on the industry’s growth, barriers to advancement, and policy priorities through 2020. According to ABO, there are three key takeaways from the […]

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Algae strategies for a healthy “Less sugar, more protein” world

Algae strategies for a healthy “Less sugar, more protein” world

March 4, 2015 |

Yep, it’s time to “lay off the sugar” and get more proteins and veggies in your diet. But how do you handle a surging population, and rising demand for fish. Turns out our one-celled friends, the algae, may come to the rescue. Here’s the why and how. If you’ve been following the newsflow on sugar […]

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Matrix breaks through on genetic methods for modifying spirulina: new platform for proteins, pigments

Matrix breaks through on genetic methods for modifying spirulina: new platform for proteins, pigments

March 4, 2015 |

Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria. In Washington, we have big news this week that Matrix Genetics announced a technology breakthrough that allows for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina, a species of cyanobacteria. Matrix is the first to invent rapid and efficient genetic […]

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