Tag: algae

DOE announces $19M for carbon utilization funding opportunity

DOE announces $19M for carbon utilization funding opportunity

February 13, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office announced up to $19 million in federal funding for the advancement of technologies that utilize waste carbon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce reliable feedstocks for biotechnologies, with this particular funding opportunity aiming to increase the capability of algal systems to capture carbon […]

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Oscar Mayer’s bologna-esque face mask, biobased traffic pillars, Delta airlines’ bamboo, algae-based skis, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of February 3rd

Oscar Mayer’s bologna-esque face mask, biobased traffic pillars, Delta airlines’ bamboo, algae-based skis, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of February 3rd

February 2, 2022 |

  In what seems like a twisted, alternate universe, famous wiener maker and bologna bliss master, Oscar Mayer, launched a face mask that looks like bologna but is made out of seaweed, witch hazel and collagen (and as clearly marked on their packaging, is not meant to be eaten). If walking around with a bologna-looking […]

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Michigan State University shows how some algae protect themselves when there’s too much oxygen

Michigan State University shows how some algae protect themselves when there’s too much oxygen

January 24, 2022 |

In Michigan, a new study from the Michigan State University Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory shows how some algae can protect themselves when the oxygen they produce impairs their photosynthetic activity. The discovery also answers a long-standing question about how algae survive when CO2 levels are low. The findings of this research were recently published […]

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DOE launches new AlgaePrize student competition

DOE launches new AlgaePrize student competition

January 16, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., the inaugural 2022–2023 U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office AlgaePrize competition is now open. The AlgaePrize is a new competition which encourages high school through graduate level students to pursue innovative ideas for the development, design, and invention of technologies within the commercial algae value chain. The AlgaePrize, sponsored by the U.S. […]

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Washington University in St. Louis develop new methods to grow algae in wastewater

Washington University in St. Louis develop new methods to grow algae in wastewater

January 12, 2022 |

In Missouri, at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, researchers had applications in mind when they developed a new method to use nutrients recovered from wastewater to grow algae that is more than twice as pure as algae grown directly in conventional wastewater. The research was published online late last […]

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Barriers to Scale for Algae: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Algae Crop Protection

Barriers to Scale for Algae: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Algae Crop Protection

January 9, 2022 |

How can algae crop protection facilitate scaling of the algae industry? That’s what a BETO workshop focused on when it gathered experts in algal research and production, regulatory bodies and agriculture/aquaculture experts, to discuss where comparable issues have been solved or solutions are under development, and where areas of synergy may exist. Check out highlights […]

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ASU researchers develop algae strain that can clean arsenic from drinking water

ASU researchers develop algae strain that can clean arsenic from drinking water

January 2, 2022 |

In Arizona, a team of biomedical engineering students at Arizona State University engineered microalgae to bind arsenic in water, reduce it and sequester the toxic contamination. The ASU team developed a strain of mutant algae that significantly captures arsenic in tandem with a filter system. While more than 99% of Arizonans who obtain drinking water […]

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NREL research looks at algae and garbage as ingredients for fuels of the future

NREL research looks at algae and garbage as ingredients for fuels of the future

November 28, 2021 |

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is helping unlock the full potential of the U.S. feedstock supply for biofuels after receiving over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) for two projects that will study how to best grow photosynthetic algae and efficiently sort municipal solid waste, important steps […]

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Algae crop protection BETO workshop report now available

Algae crop protection BETO workshop report now available

November 20, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., a report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s “Barriers to Scale: Algae Crop Protection Workshop” is now available and covers the topic of algae crop protection to facilitate scaling of the algae industry. Developing effective strategies to maintain harvest yield over time is essential to meeting BETO’s long-term goals […]

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Pollution pods, machine learning, fermentation protein-producing microorganisms, Microsoft’s look at algae and fungi for green data centers and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 4th

Pollution pods, machine learning, fermentation protein-producing microorganisms, Microsoft’s look at algae and fungi for green data centers and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 4th

November 3, 2021 |

Want to know what it’s like to breathe some of the world’s lowest quality air? “Pollution pods” in the UK are giving people that opportunity to draw attention to growing pollution impacts. And an alternative protein startup in California is building a pilot-scale facility for food-friendly proteins, using machine learning and fermentation to genetically engineer […]

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