Tag: BAL

NLACM leads to changing times at Bio Architecture Lab

NLACM leads to changing times at Bio Architecture Lab

May 17, 2013 |

We noted earlier this week the changes at Bio Architecture Lab, including a change in CEO and strategy. The story attracted a report in Bloomberg, citing that “Bio Architecture Lab has given up on the technology [and] is seeking to sell Chilean operations including a 20-hectare (49-acre) seaweed farm in a bay near the island […]

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E.coli strain unlocks affordable ethanol potential in seaweed

E.coli strain unlocks affordable ethanol potential in seaweed

January 30, 2012 |

In California, researchers at the Bio Architecture Lab  have engineered a strain of E coli to digest the sugars in brown seaweed and produce ethanol. This bacteria, unlike others produced previously, attacks the primary sugar constituent in seaweed, making the process much more efficient. According to Daniel Trunfio, BAL’s CEO, the progress “makes the biomass […]

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The Bullseye Fuel: BAL and its macroalgae-based biofuels

The Bullseye Fuel: BAL and its macroalgae-based biofuels

December 29, 2011 |

In Chile earlier this month, Bio Architecture Lab broke ground on an experimental pilot facility producing ethanol from Macrocystis pyrifera (macro algae). Macroalgae: that’s seaweed, and more about why macro algae is really, really important, in a moment. The Pilot Facility The facility, expected to be operational in 2012 will allow the company to demonstrate […]

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BAL launches seaweed biofuels pilot plant in Chile: next phase in chase for low-carbon fuels

BAL launches seaweed biofuels pilot plant in Chile: next phase in chase for low-carbon fuels

December 16, 2011 |

In Chile, Bio Architecture Lab broke ground on an experimental pilot facility producing ethanol from Macrocystis pyrifera (brown seaweed); to date, it is believed that only BAL’s technology can metabolize all the sugars in the feedstock, which contains up to 60 percent fermentable carbohydrates, has no lignin, does not require arable land use or freshwater […]

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BAL Chile opens macroalgae biofuels farm off Chilean coast

BAL Chile opens macroalgae biofuels farm off Chilean coast

September 29, 2011 |

In Chile, BAL Chile SA has begun farming algae on the island of Chiloé with plans to produce biofuels for industrial use. The company hopes to produce algae at commercial scale in the next five years. BAL has established strategic alliances with DuPont and Statoil for this initiative and has secured financial support from several […]

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Statoil invests, partners with BAL in macroalgae: How Big will Big Algae be?

Statoil invests, partners with BAL in macroalgae: How Big will Big Algae be?

[ 0 ] September 16, 2010 |

In California, Bio Architecture Lab and Norway’s Statoil  announced a wide-ranging strategic partnership for the production of renewable, sustainable and low cost ethanol derived from macroalgae grown off the coast of Norway. Statoil will fund  BAL’s research and development (R&D) and demonstration projects, and if successful, will also fund the commercialization of BAL’s technology in […]

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With a Little Kelp from my Friends: Macroalgae projects, concepts bloom

With a Little Kelp from my Friends: Macroalgae projects, concepts bloom

[ 1 ] June 23, 2010 |

Of all the results in the recent Transformative Technologies reader poll, the most surprising by far is the support for seaweed-based biofuels technologies. The sector placed third among all transformative technology platforms, with 8.63 percent of the votes. It could be simply that “macroalgae” attracts votes in the way that “jatrophalgae” or “cornalgae” might have, […]

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