Tag: macroalgae

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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CSU gets $500,000 funding for ocean macroalgae biofuel project

CSU gets $500,000 funding for ocean macroalgae biofuel project

April 16, 2018 |

In Colorado, Colorado State University project to grow and harvest ocean macroalgae for biofuel production has received support from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E has poured over $22 million into their Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program, with the aim of establishing the U.S. as a leader in […]

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Yelp! 18 kelp wheps get $22M in ARPA-E help

Yelp! 18 kelp wheps get $22M in ARPA-E help

September 20, 2017 |

Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER. The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program seek to develop the critical tools to allow the United States to grow into a world leader in the […]

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Scottish macroalgae study stalls on lack of algae

Scottish macroalgae study stalls on lack of algae

October 15, 2014 |

In the UK, a study to research biodiesel production from macroalgae has been put on hold due to a lack of algae. The project was developed to manage a problem that has apparently disappeared. Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group (DSHNG), Dr Alastair Sutherland, of Glasgow Caledonian University, and Dunbar Marine Resources Ltd were planning […]

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Seaweed-based ethanol technology gets boost in Vietnam

Seaweed-based ethanol technology gets boost in Vietnam

January 15, 2013 |

Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals Deep in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam a small bio-refinery is converting seaweed into protein, fuel-blendable alcohol, and a bacterial soil product. It is part of a bio-economy demonstration that is also enhancing shrimp quality and yield by co-cropping naturally-occurring aquatic plants as a bio-chemical feedstock. […]

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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 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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Researchers improve conversion of seaweed sugars to ethanol

Researchers improve conversion of seaweed sugars to ethanol

[ 0 ] February 8, 2011 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have modified the expression of three genes of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is used in the fermenation process to break down sugars to ethanol, in order to improve the way seaweed sugars can be converted to ethanol. Yong-Su Jin, one of the study’s authors […]

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Seaweed: A New Wave of Investment in Macro-Algae

Seaweed: A New Wave of Investment in Macro-Algae

[ 0 ] October 4, 2010 |

Macro-algae attracts greater investment for sugar-based Advanced Biofuels, Drop-In Fuels and Chemicals by Will Thurmond, Market Trends Columnist, Biofuels Digest An emerging rise in investment in from petrochemical majors and governments in Asia, Europe and the Americas aims at extracting sugars from seaweed for ethanol, advanced biofuels, drop-in fuels, biochemicals and biopolymers. For more than […]

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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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