Tag: algae

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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Researchers find a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30%

Researchers find a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30%

May 18, 2018 |

In India, a team of 14 scientists from Korea, Spain, and India found a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30% by unearthing a “gatekeeper” that regulates biofuel yields in algae. “This metabolic gatekeeper in algae is akin to what Heimdall does in the Avengers, regulating who enters Asgard,” said Rishiram Ramanan, the lead […]

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Saccharification treatments using cellulase and laminarinase results in higher ethanol

Saccharification treatments using cellulase and laminarinase results in higher ethanol

May 12, 2018 |

In the Philippines, researchers from University of the Philippines and Hiroshima University in Japan conducted a study that focused on ethanol production from macroalgae using only enzymatic treatment for saccharification of algal biomass. This involved the isolation and identification of cellulase and laminarinase-producing microorganisms from mangrove area in the Philippines and production of partially purified […]

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