Tag: microalgae

Design2Scale Challenge accepting applications for 3rd generation biofuels innovations

Design2Scale Challenge accepting applications for 3rd generation biofuels innovations

November 3, 2019 |

In Texas, ExxonMobil and Fraunhofer USA are accepting applications for its newest TechBridge Challenge, the Designed2Scale Challenge, until November 15th for new technologies in algae and microalgae for biofuels. Fraunhofer TechBridgewill award up to $50,000 in prototyping, demonstration, and/or validation services from Fraunhofer R&D network to selected teams. Solutions of interest include: Technologies and strategies […]

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UAE launches microalgae biomass project Green Barjeel

UAE launches microalgae biomass project Green Barjeel

October 1, 2019 |

In the UAE, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced the launch of the Green Barjeel research project that aims to leverage innovative methods to grow microalgae biomass with a high lipid content in tower-shaped structures. Run in cooperation with American University of Sharjah (AUS) and Khalifa University (KU), the project involves collecting […]

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Korea Biofuel Corp. signs $72 million MOU for microalgae-based oil

Korea Biofuel Corp. signs $72 million MOU for microalgae-based oil

September 19, 2019 |

In South Korea, Medium reports that Aussie Green Bio Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Korea Biofuel Corporation to develop $72 million in microalgae-based oil over the next 10 years. Aussie Green Bio Energy plans to set up 4,000 containers at its plantation in Malaysia, producing 40 tons of oil per day. In […]

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Swedish researcher finds potential for Nordic microalgae to produce biomass and treat sewage

Swedish researcher finds potential for Nordic microalgae to produce biomass and treat sewage

June 4, 2019 |

In Sweden, a PhD candidate demonstrated the potential of Nordic microalgae for simultaneous production of biomass and municipal sewage treatment in the Nordic climate. She has also studied how microalgae and bacteria work together and how this impacts the composition of microbial communities in open algae cultures. Several Swedish microalgae strains that were able to […]

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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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