Tag: algae

Israeli startup using algae to solve fashion’s environmental woes

Israeli startup using algae to solve fashion’s environmental woes

October 18, 2021 |

In Israel, a startup is converting algae into natural fibers and dyes in an effort to combat the heavy environmental cost of the fashion industry.  Founded in 2016 by fashion industry veteran Renana Krebs, Algaeing sources its algae from Algatech, another Israeli company that uses solar energy, seaweed, and vertical farming techniques to produce algae. […]

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Algae behave differently from each other, clues can help for biofuel production

Algae behave differently from each other, clues can help for biofuel production

October 17, 2021 |

In New Mexico, in a recent project funded by the Advanced Algal Systems (AAS) Program, researchers from LANL and the New Mexico Consortium are exploring the biofuel candidate Chlorella sorokiniana, developing genetic engineering tools in order to introduce novel traits that would allow the algae to grow faster and accumulate more biomass for biofuel production. […]

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PNNL researchers marry algae for biofuels with fighting viruses

PNNL researchers marry algae for biofuels with fighting viruses

September 15, 2021 |

In Washington state, when the coronavirus pandemic thrust the world into turmoil last year, a group of bioenergy researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) saw an unconventional way to fight the pandemic: algae.  What followed was a deep dive into the literature linking algae and antivirals as far back as 1956. To make sense […]

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University of Toledo scores $3.2M DOE grant to speed up carbon capture with algae

University of Toledo scores $3.2M DOE grant to speed up carbon capture with algae

September 13, 2021 |

In Ohio, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded The University of Toledo a $3.2 million grant to continue advancing technology that speeds up the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel. It’s part of $34 million announced by the Bioenergy Technologies […]

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Algae-based wastewater treatment company closes oversubscribed $6.5M investment

Algae-based wastewater treatment company closes oversubscribed $6.5M investment

September 5, 2021 |

In Iowa, Gross-Wen Technologies, a leading algae-based wastewater treatment company that has a patented wastewater treatment technology that uses algae to clean wastewater, closed its $6.5 million Series A investment round. GWT uses algae instead of bacteria or chemicals to recover nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater. ISA Ventures and Iowa Farm Bureau’s Rural Vitality Fund […]

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Colorado State University researchers building on algae biofuel advances

Colorado State University researchers building on algae biofuel advances

September 1, 2021 |

In Colorado, Colorado State University scientists are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed at improving how algae-based biofuels and bioproducts are made. The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has announced its support for the project, titled “Rewiring Algal Carbon Energetics for Renewables,” led by scientists at […]

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UK awards grants to 24 biomass projects

UK awards grants to 24 biomass projects

August 26, 2021 |

In the UK, farming seaweed and growing algae from the by-products of whisky manufacturing are among 24 projects awarded £4 million government funding to boost biomass production. The 24 innovative projects, from start-ups and family-run businesses to research institutes and universities, will receive funding of up to £200,000 from the government’s Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Program […]

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Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads boost, microbes, leather alternatives, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 15th

July 14, 2021 |

With the Olympics starting next week, we are hearing about biobased innovations taking place in this much anticipated and COVID-disrupted Olympic Games in Japan, like the 18,000 cardboard bedframes and polyethylene fiber mattresses that can be recycled infinitely. Bolt Threads also got a boost this week with Lululemon partnering up with them or mushroom-based yoga […]

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Chinese researchers develop algae pretreatment doubling biogas production

Chinese researchers develop algae pretreatment doubling biogas production

June 30, 2021 |

In China, for more than 60 years, algae have been studied as a potential feedstock for biofuel production, but the cellulose in their cell wall makes it hard to access the critical molecules inside and convert them to biogas.  In the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, an international research team reports their success in […]

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DOE invests $8M in four algae-based bio-based projects

DOE invests $8M in four algae-based bio-based projects

June 29, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) announced $8 million in federal funding for four projects to develop and test technologies that capture and utilize carbon dioxide (CO2) from power systems or other industrial sources to create valuable products and services, biomass and bi-products. Using algae, the […]

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