Tag: seaweed

UC Santa Barbara propose novel strategy t reduce nutrient pollution using seaweed

UC Santa Barbara propose novel strategy t reduce nutrient pollution using seaweed

April 27, 2021 |

In California, a team of researchers from UC Santa Barbara has proposed a novel strategy for reducing large amounts of nutrients—specifically nitrogen and phosphorous—after they have already been released into the environment. In a study appearing in the journal Marine Policy, the authors contend that seaweed’s incredible ability to draw nutrients from the water could […]

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Making seaweed usable as a sustainable source of raw materials

Making seaweed usable as a sustainable source of raw materials

November 1, 2020 |

In Germany, an EU-funded research project BIOCARB-4-FOOD with the participation of the University of Hohenheim is looking for more sustainable processes for the extraction of carbohydrates from macroalgae and seaweed. In doing so, they investigate the question of how these substances can be obtained from the raw material, produce new types of extracts that can […]

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Seaweed-based biobutanol proven in road test

Seaweed-based biobutanol proven in road test

January 1, 2020 |

In Denmark, a passenger car was the first in the world to drive 80 kilometers on a blend containing biofuel from seaweed. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research produced the biobutanol from sugars from seaweed. The successful experiment stems from the Horizon 2020 project MacroFuels. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research worked closely on this development with […]

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TNO’s seaweed ethanol fuels Danish research vehicle achieving 80 km/h

TNO’s seaweed ethanol fuels Danish research vehicle achieving 80 km/h

November 20, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, TNO has produced ethanol from seaweed and algae that went on to power a car in Denmark that achieved speeds of 80 km/h as part of the MacroFuels EU-funded project. Researchers were unsure that fuels produced from seaweed would function the same as other fuels and were concerned about the impacts on […]

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Euglena first seaweed to operation to receive sustainability certification

Euglena first seaweed to operation to receive sustainability certification

February 6, 2019 |

In Japan, Euglena Co. became the first seaweed operation in the world to gain certification for its seaweed production in January. Euglena is a type of microscopic algae. It is grown in a high-tech laboratory in Okinawa, Japan, where scientists keep a constant watch on vats filled with the bright green biomaterial. The alga is […]

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UK awards funds to innovative green projects including bioeconomy solutions

UK awards funds to innovative green projects including bioeconomy solutions

October 24, 2018 |

In the UK, dissolving seaweed sauce sachets and technology inspired by a suckerfish to remove plastics from rivers are among 11 innovative projects to win the backing of a GBP4 million government fund to clean up the environment. To showcase the ground-breaking research being led by UK scientists and innovators during Green GB & NI […]

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Researcher warns runaway seaweed taking over the Caribbean but could be good biofuel feedstock

Researcher warns runaway seaweed taking over the Caribbean but could be good biofuel feedstock

August 27, 2018 |

In Mexico, Xinhua news agency reports that a researcher from the National Autonomous University of Mexico has warned climate change over the last decade has led Sargassum seaweed to invade beaches around the Caribbean, creating a threat to local ecosystems, but at the same time some believe the plant could be a good feedstock for […]

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Woods Hole gets $5.7M for seaweed mass production for biofuels and biochemicals

Woods Hole gets $5.7M for seaweed mass production for biofuels and biochemicals

October 8, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was awarded $5.7 million for two projects that develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals. The funding came from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program. With $3.7 million, […]

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Scottish researchers moving forward with commercial seaweed production

Scottish researchers moving forward with commercial seaweed production

April 25, 2017 |

In the UK, following the Scottish government’s approval of regulations for growing seaweed commercially last month, researchers from Scottish Association for Marine Science at Oban are moving forward with a one acre trial site to produce cold water seaweed species for biofuel, animal feed and beauty products. Most of the projects surrounding the trials are […]

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ROOTS, REFUEL, MARINER & Algae: DOE invests $100M for 4 Big Shots at liquid transportation fuels & feedstocks

ROOTS, REFUEL, MARINER & Algae: DOE invests $100M for 4 Big Shots at liquid transportation fuels & feedstocks

December 18, 2016 |

It may be a sign of the times, a sense of worry that R&D for renewable transport fuels may lose all their popularity under the incoming Trump Administration. Whatever the cause, the biggest set of projects announced in renewable fuels since the days of the Recovery Act have been just announced by the Advanced Research […]

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