Tag: algae

NREL cultivates algae indoors to learn how to boost growth and productivity outdoors

NREL cultivates algae indoors to learn how to boost growth and productivity outdoors

January 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., a programmable algae cultivator—designed and patented by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory with funding support by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office—is speeding up research to improve algae growth and productivity in outdoor algae farms. The indoor cultivator lets researchers mimic the growth conditions in the warm, dry climate of […]

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European Commission opens online consultation on EU algae roadmap

European Commission opens online consultation on EU algae roadmap

January 4, 2021 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has published an online consultation on its roadmap towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector. The more learned about algae, the more opportunities discovered. They are a resource of highly nutritious food and feed, but also serve as a feedstock for pharmaceuticals, bioplastics, fertilizers and biofuels – all at […]

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U.S. DOE funding opportunity for algae-based carbon capture tech

U.S. DOE funding opportunity for algae-based carbon capture tech

January 3, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the Algae Biomass Organization reports that this month the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy is expected to announce a new funding opportunity for projects focusing on the development of algae-based technology that utilizes carbon dioxide from power systems or other industrial sources as a feedstock. The DOE’s announcement notes that […]

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Royal Air Force to begin switch to SAF in effort to lead the way in Europe and globally

Royal Air Force to begin switch to SAF in effort to lead the way in Europe and globally

December 16, 2020 |

In the UK, algae, alcohol and household waste will power RAF fighter jets under bold Ministry of Defense plans to slash carbon emissions. Aircraft including F-35s, Typhoons and Wildcat helicopters currently use conventional fuel, but could use up to 50 per cent sustainable sources in the future, after MOD’s changed aviation fuel standards came into […]

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U.S. Department of Energy announces $35M for bioenergy research and development

U.S. Department of Energy announces $35M for bioenergy research and development

December 13, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost […]

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3D meat bioprinter commercialization, lab-grown chicken, algae-based skis, biobased car, bioluminescent wood, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 12th

3D meat bioprinter commercialization, lab-grown chicken, algae-based skis, biobased car, bioluminescent wood, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 12th

November 11, 2020 |

Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but this week’s innovations are heavy on food with a protein innovation contest crowning MycoTechnology for their mushroom-based protein production, a whopping $7 million raised for a 3D-printed cultured meat startup to commercialize its meat bioprinter, a “metabolized restaurant” concept with food produced using bacteria through […]

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PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning toxic algal blooms into biocrude

PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning toxic algal blooms into biocrude

November 7, 2020 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has helped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center take their algae bloom research a step further by investigating blooms as a viable source of biocrude fuel and fertilizer using hydrothermal liquefaction. The team demonstrated a three-step approach that “cleans” the water, removes the algae and […]

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UC Riverside researcher looking to produce algae indoors with solar panels

UC Riverside researcher looking to produce algae indoors with solar panels

September 16, 2020 |

In California, algae could compete with petroleum as the fuel of the future if only the process of growing it was more efficient. Thanks to a fellowship from the Link Foundation, it soon could be. a doctoral student in plant biology at UC Riverside, is using the two-year, $60,000 fellowship to test whether she can […]

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Japanese companies full steam ahead of algae and other biofuels despite low fuel demand

Japanese companies full steam ahead of algae and other biofuels despite low fuel demand

September 14, 2020 |

In Japan, the Nikkei newspaper reports that Japanese companies are bucking the trend and investing in algae-based and palm oil waste-based biofuels even though COVID-19 has negatively impacted fuel demand and there is limited market currently for aviation biofuels. Southeast Asia, rather than Japan, are keys areas for production expansion due to significantly more sunlight […]

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Algae-based fabric designer envisions consumers one day watering their clothes

Algae-based fabric designer envisions consumers one day watering their clothes

September 7, 2020 |

In Canada, a designer has partnered with researchers at the University of British Columbia to create an air-purifying, algae-based fabric. Dubbed Biogarmentry, the living Chlamydomonas reinhardtii undergoes photosynthesis, removing carbon from the atmosphere in the process. Designer Roya Aghighi tells CNN one of her main goals was to reduce the environmental impact of the textiles.  […]

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