Tag: algae

University of Notre Dame teams with African countries to support Ugandan algae and other renewables

University of Notre Dame teams with African countries to support Ugandan algae and other renewables

September 13, 2018 |

In Michigan, University of Notre Dame with counterparts in Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria are working to bridge the gap through a program called Energy E3 — Empowering Nations to Power Their Nation, with plans underway for an inaugural energy innovation center in Uganda. Energy E3 enables education, engineering design and entrepreneurship by teaching local technicians and engineers […]

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Michigan State researchers boost biofuel production from algae and fungus

Michigan State researchers boost biofuel production from algae and fungus

September 13, 2018 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity, […]

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Cellana to take algae research commercial in Hawaii

Cellana to take algae research commercial in Hawaii

September 12, 2018 |

In Hawaii, Cellana announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Cellana LLC has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement with Cyanotech© Corporation for the sale of Cellana’s six- acre production and research facility known as the Kona Demonstration Facility (KDF). KDF is located adjacent to Cyanotech’s existing 90-acre site at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). […]

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ODU algae research aims to fuel bioeconomy

ODU algae research aims to fuel bioeconomy

August 18, 2018 |

In Virginia, researchers from the Batten College of Engineering and Technology at Old Dominion University discovered a proprietary process that can make algae applications scalable for commercialization through partnerships with the private sector. The technology involves extracting the proteins from algae in a scalable and inexpensive way to make it viable for industrial use, as […]

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New Mexico natural history museum launches online game to grow algae for biodiesel

New Mexico natural history museum launches online game to grow algae for biodiesel

August 6, 2018 |

In New Mexico, the state’s Museum of Natural History and Science has launched an online exhibition called Bio-AI that allows users to grow an algae crop—or fail and lose the crop—using an online game “Growing Green Goop” as a way to increase awareness about algae R&D in the state. As the game’s intro says, “There […]

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Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

July 18, 2018 |

In New Mexico, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell […]

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ORNL researchers using neutrons to understand hydrocarbon production in blue-green algae

ORNL researchers using neutrons to understand hydrocarbon production in blue-green algae

July 9, 2018 |

In Tennessee, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutrons to understand why certain hydrocarbons produced by blue-green algae are important to their biology, so new strains can be engineered to sustainably produce biofuels. Neutron scattering makes it possible to non-destructively see inside living algae at real world temperatures and in real time. Researchers […]

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Toxic algae blooms cause dire warnings about city water supply

Toxic algae blooms cause dire warnings about city water supply

July 8, 2018 |

In Oregon, Salem’s city government and residents are worried about the recent surge of a toxic algae bloom detected in the city’s water supply. City residents had dire warning messages sent to their cellphones that said, “Civil emergency. prepare for action.” While the drinking water advisory was lifted after several days, it then had to […]

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University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

June 21, 2018 |

In Michigan, a diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers. U-M scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds at […]

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Algae is on a roll in Congress

Algae is on a roll in Congress

May 19, 2018 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization said that supporters of algae are putting their imprint on policy with several big moves in the first few months of 2018. The February spending deal came together as one of the winners with the algae industry’s long-time interests in carbon capture and use. The agreement included a provision to […]

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