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Marine Stewardship Council developing sustainability standard for algae

In the UK, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is expanding its sustainability standard beyond wild-capture fish and invertebrate fisheries for the first time to include various groups of wild multicellular algae, commonly referred to as seaweed. With global seaweed fishery production increasing, and demand for MSC certification of seaweed harvesting increasing, the MSC has recognized […]

April 17, 2014 More

New algae market report shows boost to support mechanisms

In Ireland, Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Global Algae Biofuel Technologies Market 2014-2018″ report to their offering. Governments in various countries including the US, Italy, China, Germany, and India have been funding biofuel projects, and have introduced incentives and subsidies to vendors that produce biofuels. For instance, the US has announced […]

April 3, 2014 More

ABO’s annual survey shows flourishing industry

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization’s annual survey of the algae industry shows that the industry that is growing, from increased production of biomass and oils, to increased hiring, to a wider variety of end products. As in the previous two annual surveys, respondents this year continued their optimism that algae-derived fuels are likely to […]

March 31, 2014 More

National Algae Association calls for Manhattan Project for algae

In Texas, the National Algae Association is calling for a Manhattan Project for Algae -  “total and complete collaboration with the commitment to producing advanced biofuels.” “The challenge is to get Washington to re-think its strategy.” according to NAA Executive Director Barry Cohen.   “They’re working with a 45 year old Congressional Mandate, and refuse to […]

March 23, 2014 More

PNNL releases publication looking at opportunities for algae in the US

In Washington state, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in partnership with Sapphire Energy has published “Siting Algae Cultivation Facilities for Biofuel Production in the United States: Trade-Offs between Growth Rate, Site Constructability, Water Availability, and Infrastructure,” in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The publication highlights a new process for rigorously identifying and evaluating sites […]

March 10, 2014 More

Researcher boosting yields by feeding crude glycerin to algae

In South Carolina, a doctoral student at Clemson University is feeding crude glycerin to algae to increase biomass and lipid production. Using it as a carbon substrate, the three-carbon sugar alcohol helps the algae to produce about 60 percent oleic acid, Omega-9 fatty acid, under lab conditions.

March 5, 2014 More

Hawaii may float a $50 million bond to fund algae-based biodiesel project

In Hawaii, the state is looking to raise $50 million in bonds to help support Florida-based BioTork to implement a demonstration facility that would produce algae-based biofuels from papaya waste. The state loses 35% of its papaya production annually to wastage, so the project would allow the industry to recuperate some of that lost investment. […]

March 3, 2014 More

Solazyme and the Year of Living Dangerously

So, Solazyme steps up to slay the scale-up dragon. Will the company stay on its scale-up schedule, at the final step where Amyris, Gevo and KiOR ran into crushing delays? In California, Solazyme announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. The Results Q4 Revenue (vs Q4 2012): $11.3M (+34%) […]

March 3, 2014 More

AlgaEnergy to develop 1 million liter algae facility in Mexico

In Mexico, Spanish company AlgaEnergy plans to develop a 1 million liter biomass-powered facility to demonstrate its technology at scale for further market development in North and South America. The company will begin operating its $9.6 million facility in Arcos de la Frontera, starting with 350,000 liters and eventually ramping up to 1 million liters […]

February 27, 2014 More

MSU researchers develop technology to bridge the algae-based fuels gap

In Michigan, a team of Michigan State University scientists has invented a new technology that increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels cross that gap and come closer to reality. The current issue of Algal Research showcases the team’s invention — the environmental photobioreactor. The ePBR system is the world’s first standard algae growing platform, one […]

February 27, 2014 More