Tag: algae

TerraVia burns the boats and sets off for the Land of Übernutrition

TerraVia burns the boats and sets off for the Land of Übernutrition

August 9, 2016 |

At the outset of his historic Conquest, Cortés gathered the men and burned the boats. As TerraVia jettisons its break-out industrial product line and completes the pivot to Food, what lies ahead in the New World?  Gromeko: They’ve shot the Czar. And all his family. Oh, that’s a savage deed. What’s it for? Zhivago: It’s […]

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Mexican researchers scaling up algae production from wastewater treatment

Mexican researchers scaling up algae production from wastewater treatment

August 3, 2016 |

In Mexico, researchers at the Autonomous University of Coahuila is using algae for wastewater treatment and then producing biodiesel from the algae harvested after the water cleaning process. Researchers are working to develop a system that takes advantage of the best of both worlds provided by open systems that are cheaper and closed systems that […]

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PNNL discovers why certain blue-green algae grows super fast under relentless bright light

PNNL discovers why certain blue-green algae grows super fast under relentless bright light

July 28, 2016 |

In Washington state, while relentless bright light brings many forms of cyanobacteria to their knees — figuratively, of course — Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 does the opposite, thriving and growing at a rate that far outpaces most of its peers. That makes the organism, commonly called a form of blue-green algae, an attractive target for […]

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DOE announces $15 million to reduce costs of algae biofuel production

DOE announces $15 million to reduce costs of algae biofuel production

July 18, 2016 |

In Washington, DOE announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects will develop highly productive algal cultivation systems and couple those systems with effective, energy-efficient, and low-cost harvest and processing technologies. This funding will advance the […]

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Scientists in Cologne develop a more cost-efficient method to cultivate algae

Scientists in Cologne develop a more cost-efficient method to cultivate algae

July 17, 2016 |

In Germany, Professor Michael Melkonian and a team from the University of Cologne have developed a new method that could make the production of algae easier – and hence reduce the costs of the products based on this material. Their findings are published in the journal Trends in Biotechnology. The “Porous Substrate Bioreactor” (PSBR), also […]

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Algae biofuel technology transferred to Zimbabwe

Algae biofuel technology transferred to Zimbabwe

June 30, 2016 |

In Zimbabwe, technical capacity for biodiesel production from algae has been successfully transferred to Harare Polytecnic and the fuel has passed B100 quality standards. The university is using photoreactors to grow the algae for later processing. Algae is being promoted as a quicker and better alternative to jatropha because it requires only 24 days to […]

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Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

June 30, 2016 |

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Turn and Face the Strange: The new Algae makes a Bowiesque pivot into new markets

Turn and Face the Strange: The new Algae makes a Bowiesque pivot into new markets

June 30, 2016 |

What are our tiny green friends doing to earn their living, now? 2009 – that was the Summer of Algae. It seemed like every venture forming had algae somewhere in its sights. The ventures were bold in their vision — renewable fuels, proving protein for a hungry world, and recycling CO2, re-using land that had […]

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Rochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas team on algae from ag wastewater

Rochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas team on algae from ag wastewater

June 2, 2016 |

In New York state, Rochester Institute of Technology and Synergy Biogas are exploring the environmental benefits of microalgae to clean agricultural wastewater and make biofuels. Researchers are running a three-month pilot program at Synergy Biogas, a high-tech anaerobic digester located on Synergy Farms in Covington, N.Y, to grow microalgae on digested biomass. Microalgae will consume […]

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Welsh researchers trialing new algae farm method

Welsh researchers trialing new algae farm method

May 17, 2016 |

In the UK, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council has funded a new seaweed farm in Pembroke Dock so marine biologists from Swansea University follow in the footsteps of other projects in Ireland and Scotland with an original farm design that is unique in the UK. A Durham University-led consortium has developed the design […]

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