Tag: algae

Living Ink working with partners to commercialize algae-based ink

Living Ink working with partners to commercialize algae-based ink

August 31, 2019 |

In Colorado, Living Ink makes inks based on algae and is partnering with printers to bring Algae Ink to commercialization. Living Ink is using proprietary technology to take the crude pigment from algae and purify it, mill it, and form it into a dispersion that can then be formulated into a variety of products including […]

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Philippine aerospace startup looks to algae as feedstock for rocket fuel

Philippine aerospace startup looks to algae as feedstock for rocket fuel

August 28, 2019 |

In the Philippines, ABS CBN news reports that OrbitX, the country’s first space start-up, is developing reusable rockets that will be fueled by liquid methane produced from biogas that uses algae as feedstock. The rockets will fly on a mixture of liquid methane with liquid oxygen. The Philippines recently created a national space agency but […]

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Rutgers researchers discover how algae harness solar energy

Rutgers researchers discover how algae harness solar energy

August 15, 2019 |

In New Jersey, scientists have discovered how diatoms – a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen – harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate […]

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Japanese researchers find key for increased TAG production

Japanese researchers find key for increased TAG production

August 12, 2019 |

In Japan, researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and colleagues investigated the conditions under which the model microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii produces more of the storage molecule triacylglycerol (TAG), found in microscopic algae. In an attempt to find conditions under which C. reinhardtii both produces more TAG and grows well, the team of researchers gave […]

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Euglena sets sights as an Olympic hopeful for algae-based aviation jet fuel

Euglena sets sights as an Olympic hopeful for algae-based aviation jet fuel

August 3, 2019 |

Midorimushi – other than being a cool sounding Ninja name, it’s scientific name is Euglena. No, it’s not the latest superhero in a manga comic. It’s a kind of algae. In a magical sort of hybrid way, it has both plant and animal properties and has 59 types of nutrients such as unsaturated fatty acids […]

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Algae consortium developing programs to advance algae education

Algae consortium developing programs to advance algae education

July 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is developing programs to educate and employ the next generation of algae researchers and to improve skills for those already in the algae workforce, with funding from the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. ATEC […]

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Michigan State researchers believe algae and fungi could have colonized land together

Michigan State researchers believe algae and fungi could have colonized land together

July 25, 2019 |

In Michigan, new research from Michigan State University, and published in the journal eLife, presents evidence that algae could have piggybacked on fungi to leave the water and to colonize the land, over 500 million years ago. Researchers selected a strain of soil fungus and marine alga from old lineages, respectively Mortierella elongata and Nannochloropsis […]

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Vampire strain of predatory algae pest can destroy healthy green algae ponds

Vampire strain of predatory algae pest can destroy healthy green algae ponds

July 24, 2019 |

In New Mexico, new DNA analysis by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers has revealed surprising genetic diversity in a bacterium that poses a persistent threat to the algae biofuels industry. With the evocative name Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus, the predatory pest sucks out the contents of the algae cells (thus the vampire reference) and reduces a productive, […]

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PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics

PNNL team develops new model for analyzing biocrude yield and economics

July 20, 2019 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have developed a model that predicts outcomes from the algae hydrothermal liquefaction process in a way that mirrors commercial reality much more closely than previous analyses. They found that algae with higher lipid content is key to reducing costs, and that two factors—algae composition and capital investment—are the […]

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Jersey looks to biofuels to solve algae plague

Jersey looks to biofuels to solve algae plague

July 10, 2019 |

In the UK, a new report from the Jersey government shows that sea lettuce and other species of macroalgae that plague the island’s waters and shores every summer are among those that are ideal for producing ethanol and biogas due to their high levels of sugars. Getting technology to scale in order to rid the […]

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