Tag: algae

The Origin of Sex

Algae researchers think they may have discovered a trigger that establishes gender, and sexual reproduction. We humans experience asexual cellular division, or mitosis, though we rarely write songs or poetry in celebration of it. Our earliest life experience reflects that process, as two cells become four, and four become eight. As multicellular organisms, however — and […]

July 22, 2014 More

ABO’s Summer of Algae 2014 celebrates successes in Washington, across the US

In Washington, ABO has announced several successes in its Summer of Algae 2014 push. Sapphire Energy has announced a partnership with Sinopec in China to develop algae-derived fuels in one of the world’s fastest growing economies. This international announcement came on the heels of new from two more ABO members: Cellana inked a partnership with […]

July 21, 2014 More

Cellana lands milestone $3.5M DOE algae grant

  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of […]

July 17, 2014 More

10 MegaVitaVegeTrends for Mega-Efficient Biofuels 

Are your biotechnologies run down, listless? Do they poop out at pitch meetings? Are they unpopular? The answer to your problems may well be in this list — in the technologies that eliminate the waste that comes from biorefining itself? Making industrial biotech more efficient, transformative and sustainable. So, join the happy peppy people following our 10 […]

July 15, 2014 More

Will the energy future be built in the US? 40% say “no”, in Digest survey.

In Florida, 40% of The Digest’s subscribers said that “the energy future” would not be built in the US, and instead pointed to Asia. In the online poll, 82% of subscribers said that Asia would be “very important” or “critical” in technology deployment at scale, compared to 61% for the US, 50% for Europe, 45% […]

July 14, 2014 More

Canadian cement factory producing algae biofuels from carbon emissions

In Canada, St Marys Cement is investing in an algae-based biodiesel system that will be implemented by Pond Biofuels to help reduce the facility’s greenhouse gas emissions. For every kilogram of algae produced, 2kg of CO2 are mitigated. Though the Pond system only uses a small amount of the 540,000 metric tons of CO2 produced […]

July 14, 2014 More

Will the Energy Future Be Built in the United States?

By Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization Jobs, abundant energy and stable regulations are worthy goals for any energy legislation, but the continued partisan back-and-forth that pits fossil energy against new sources is becoming a liability that threatens more than any single industry. It’s time to put politics aside and set a clear energy […]

July 13, 2014 More

EnAlgae says algae is no better than palm oil

In the UK, the EnAlgae team has published a paper implying that algae are currently no more productive than palm oil. The authors explain that whilst technologies may be improving, algae physiology remains the limiting factor to achieving higher productivity and that the only way to remedy this is through genetic modification. Authors Phil Kenny […]

July 7, 2014 More

Pebbles into boulders: Heliae takes its algae technology to Japan in JV with Sincere Corporation 

Heliae partners with Sincere Corporation for algae production venture to meet Japanese market demand for sustainable ingredients  In Arizona, Heliae announced a joint venture with top Japanese waste management and recycling company, Sincere Corporation, to develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan. The joint venture has been named Alvita Corporation, and will […]

July 1, 2014 More

Are we there yet? The positioning and repositioning of the algae industry

Probably every parent has heard the plaintive wail from the backseat, early in some long journey by car to some exciting place like Grandma’s or Disney World: “Are we there yet?” Today, we look at algae’s promise in 2008 and progress now. Has the industry repositioned? An agreeable reporter from KPBS San Diego visited with the […]

June 29, 2014 More