Tag: microalgae

Crude glycerol as microalgae feedstock boosts biofuel production

Crude glycerol as microalgae feedstock boosts biofuel production

November 3, 2017 |

In India, a new low-cost method for producing biofuels using crude glycerol was developed thanks to researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. The team used the algal based crude glycerol, which is a low-cost organic carbon source and the main by-product of the biodiesel production process as a main feedstock for microalgae cultivation […]

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Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions

Biofuel Production with the Sun, the Sea and Thermochemical Reactions

October 10, 2017 |

By Dr. Marcius Extavour, Senior Director, Energy & Resources, XPRIZE Special to The Digest Biofuels have a renewed and important focus in a time of growing recognition of the need for carbon neutral, carbon negative, and circular carbon solutions. Hydrocarbon drop-in fuels are among the leading products targeted by the CO2 conversion community, be it […]

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French researchers discover enzyme that allows microalgae to produce hydrocarbons

French researchers discover enzyme that allows microalgae to produce hydrocarbons

September 6, 2017 |

In France, an international team has discovered an enzyme which allows microalgae to convert some of their fatty acids into hydrocarbons using light. This enzyme, which has been named “FAP” (Fatty Acid Photodecarboxylase), is of an extremely rare type, as only four enzymes powered by light have been identified to date. Chlorella is a single-cell […]

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Microalgal strain treats wastewater and produces biofuel

Microalgal strain treats wastewater and produces biofuel

August 27, 2017 |

In Moscow, scientists are using a microalgal strain from Finland, Chlorella vulgaris UHCC0027, to treat wastewater while using the algal biomass for processing into biofuel. While algal ponds have been used for water treatment since ancient times, scientists found this particular strain was particularly effective in Finland using photobioreactors where the algae works without additional […]

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Russian scientists determine composition of microalgae biofuel

Russian scientists determine composition of microalgae biofuel

July 31, 2017 |

In Russia, scientists have used high-resolution mass spectrometry to determine the composition of a biofuel obtained from the microalgae Spirulina platensis. The researchers studied two biofuel fractions obtained using a special algal mass treatment method. The researchers also proved that biofuel has little to do with oil in terms of its composition. However, it is […]

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Embrapa Agroenergia identifies microalgae that can live off vinasse and pome

Embrapa Agroenergia identifies microalgae that can live off vinasse and pome

March 7, 2017 |

In Brazil, Embrapa Agroenergia (DF) was able to identify species of microalgae that can be cultivated in liquid waste from agroindustrial processes, effluents.This crop can generate renewable raw material for biofuels, feed, cosmetics and various other products.The research, which lasted three years, also resulted in the discovery of previously unknown species in Brazilian biodiversity. The […]

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Syracuse researcher develops energy-efficient method to grow and harvest microalgae

Syracuse researcher develops energy-efficient method to grow and harvest microalgae

February 2, 2017 |

In New York state, scientists have long known of the potential of microalgae to aid in the production of biofuels and other valuable chemicals. However, the difficulty and significant cost of growing microalgae have in some ways stalled further development of this promising technology. Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse […]

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Cornell researchers say marine microalgae key to future food and fuel

Cornell researchers say marine microalgae key to future food and fuel

December 27, 2016 |

In New York state, researchers at Cornell University say large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae, or ICMM, could help produce fuel for aviation and shipping along with animal feed. Previous Cornell research shows that chickens eating algae-based feed produce eggs with three times the amount of omega-3s. Researchers say to produce the amount of liquid […]

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University of Greenwich researchers find challenges with macroalgae in the UK

University of Greenwich researchers find challenges with macroalgae in the UK

April 27, 2016 |

In the UK, researchers at the University of Greenwich have published a study that takes a critical view to opportunities for macroalgae production for biofuels in the British Isles, in particular for the MacroBioCrude processing pipeline for the sustainable manufacture of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from seaweed in the UK. The production of biofuel from seaweed […]

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Australia’s Muradel refocuses on tires and biosolids away from microalgae

Australia’s Muradel refocuses on tires and biosolids away from microalgae

April 26, 2016 |

In Australia, Muradel is refocusing its commercial scale up of its Green2Black technology not using microalgae as it had been originally but instead using tires and biosolids from municipal waste as feedstock. The company had hoped to get production cost to under A$1 per liter but hadn’t managed to get it under A$9.9 per liter […]

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