Tag: algal biofuels

Solazyme, Dow ink 80 million gallon renewable oil order from algal platform

Solazyme, Dow ink 80 million gallon renewable oil order from algal platform

[ 0 ] March 10, 2011 |

In California, Solazyme announced today the execution of both a joint development agreement and a letter of intent with Dow Chemical, to use Solazyme’s algal oils in next generation, bio-based dielectric insulating fluids key to transformers and other electrical applications. Under the terms of the joint development agreement, Dow will combine its knowledge of specialty […]

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Exxon has to pull algal ads in UK over carbon controversy

Exxon has to pull algal ads in UK over carbon controversy

[ 1 ] March 10, 2011 |

In the UK, the Advertising Standards Authority has pulled an ExxonMobil TV ad off the air because a viewer complained that burning algae-based biofuels did indeed release carbon emissions whereas the commercial insinuated that using algae as a feedstock absorbs CO2. ExxonMobil said it did not study algae specifically but felt that it was generally […]

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Monsanto invests in Sapphire; goes hunting for yield traits in the wild, wild wet

Monsanto invests in Sapphire; goes hunting for yield traits in the wild, wild wet

[ 0 ] March 9, 2011 |

  “Crop giant partners with algal biofuels pioneer.” That’s cool. But what are the Hidden Mickeys – what really is this partnership all about?   The news crossed the wires early enough yesterday to have spilled over a considerable portion of the twitterverse. Items like “Monsanto Backs Algae Startup Sapphire Energy,” and “Sapphire Energy Anticipates […]

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Algstralia: the land of Gold from Green

Algstralia: the land of Gold from Green

[ 1 ] March 2, 2011 |

Are the reports of an algal biofuels revolution in the Back of Beyond true? The Digest takes a look (or, a Captain Cook) at Algae.Tec, Aurora Algae and more. What do you do with a country that is basically a desert, cut off from the global biomass trade by a tyranny of distance, with a […]

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Alltech Algae cuts ribbon on $200M algal biofuels production plant

Alltech Algae cuts ribbon on $200M algal biofuels production plant

[ 0 ] February 27, 2011 |

In Kentucky, Alltech Algae cut the ribbon on its new $200 million plant in Winchester, Kentucky.  The plant was acquired in 2010 from Martek Bioscience Corporation for approximately $14 million and has been renovated in the past few months to begin in April as what Alltech calls one of the largest algae production sites in […]

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One dozen algal biofuels companies, three strategies, will reach commercial scale: Thurmond

One dozen algal biofuels companies, three strategies, will reach commercial scale: Thurmond

[ 0 ] February 23, 2011 |

In Texas, Digest columnist Will Thurmond released Algae 2020, Vol. 2  highlighting why some algae companies will be winners and some will be losers bringing their product from pilot to commercial scale from 2011-2020. The report concluded that less than one dozen algae production companies will graduate into pre-commercial, deployment-stage algae ventures using pond, photo-bioreactor […]

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UK slashes Carbon Trust budget, eliminates algal biofuels project

UK slashes Carbon Trust budget, eliminates algal biofuels project

[ 0 ] February 16, 2011 |

In the UK, the government has cut the Carbon Trust’s budget by 40%. Nearly 40 employees will lose their job and the grant for Newcastle University’s algae-for-biofuels research program has been eliminated. The government argues that its promised green investment bank will take up part of the role of the Carbon Trust but negotiations have […]

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New York researching wastewater base for algal biofuels

New York researching wastewater base for algal biofuels

[ 0 ] February 1, 2011 |

In New York, the Development Authority of the North Country is teaming with researchers from Clarkson University to see whether its wastewater from its regional landfill would be a good environment to grow algae for biofuels. Heat produced from the landfill’s waste-to-energy electricity generator would be captured to grow the algae. More on the story.

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Top 11 Algae Market Trends For 2011

Top 11 Algae Market Trends For 2011

[ 0 ] January 13, 2011 |

By Will Thurmond 1 Emerging Markets Growth US and EU-based algae producers and licensors of technology are increasingly looking to the Emerging Markets in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East for faster economic growth, increasing market demand, and more supportive government and regulatory climates for accelerated commercial growth. This follows a key trend […]

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ABO says algal biofuels will reach oil parity price by 2017

ABO says algal biofuels will reach oil parity price by 2017

[ 0 ] November 23, 2010 |

In Minnesota, the Algal Biomass Organization says that algae biofuels will be competitive with oil within seven years. Currently production costs are between $140 and $900 per barrel. Legislation under consideration in Congress would extend the $1.01 per gallon production credit given to cellulosic biofuel producers to their algal cousins. More on the story.

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