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Smart Microalgae at the Danish IP Fair
March 8, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  On May 9 Yumiko Sakuragi from the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre will participate in the Danish IP fair in Industriens Hus, Copenhagen. Dr. Sakuragi will present her invention on how smart microalgae …

Harnessing the Biofuel Power of Algae
January 2, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip  (Brownfield Ag News)  New research at Michigan State University has the potential to create a biofuel source produced by algae.

Plant researcher Danny Ducat tells Brownfield certain algae bacteria can capture more solar …

Molecular Velcro Boosts Microalgae’s Potential in Biofuel, Industrial Applications
December 22, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University)  Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research.

The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic …

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects
November 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
October 24, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its …

What To Do With Algae
October 20, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … So the process removes and processes about 25 tonnes of earth to obtain each gram of Pt, valued at about $35. It is a very lucrative business.

Biomass is much …

Algae Industry Map Shows ABO Member Activity Across the US and Globe
September 30, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  An updated map published online by the Algae Biomass Organization shows algae production facilities and research projects by ABO members around the world, illustrating the leaders of an industry that are moving …

Know Your Cyanobacteria
September 18, 2016 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Water Research Foundation) Water Research Foundation prepared this video for those wanting to know more about the science behind cyanobacteria, and get a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, …

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Program Awards Vouches to Five Bioenergy Companies
August 24, 2016 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers program awarded $8 million worth of research vouchers to 43 small businesses, of which five were related to bioenergy:
Avatar Sustainable Technologies, …

Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Gets Thumbs up from Scientists for Biofuels Production
August 4, 2016 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists from the US-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have discovered why the cyanobacteria called Synechococcus 7002 can produce high concentrations of biofuels.

“These organisms are the major pathway for capturing solar energy and …

Toxic Algal Blooms of Today Could Become the Biofuels, Fertilizers and Antibiotics of Tomorrow
August 1, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Steve Brachmann (IP Watchdog)  …  Last March, researchers from Western Michigan University (WMU) made a presentation at that year’s national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on how algae could be transformed into …

The Future of Biofuel Isn’t Corn—It’s Algae
July 19, 2016 – 9:06 pm | No Comment

by Ian Graber-Stiehl (Pacific Standard)  Why water is the future of biofuel.  —  … Algae biofuel frontrunner Algenol, for example, converts plentiful saltwater into biofuel with yields nearly 17 times higher than those of corn, while producing …

US Department of Energy Gives up to $15m for Algae-Based Biofuels’ Projects
July 17, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The three projects selected, located in California and Florida, will include multi-disciplinary partners to coordinate improvements from algal strain advancements through pre-processing technologies (harvesting, dewatering, and downstream processing) to biofuel intermediate in order …

Turn and Face the Strange: The New Algae Makes a Bowiesque Pivot into New Markets
July 1, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But the RE in algae these days has been, more or less, REposition. Possibly REthink. Certainly not much REfinance, or REcommit to the original targets. The algae business models of …

Postdoc’s Biofuels Startup Offers New Source of Clean Renewable Energy
June 24, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Erin Guiltenane (University of Calcary UT Today)  Christine Sharp and Marc Strous’ Solar Biocells uses microorganisms in capture and conversion of carbon dioxide  —  Sharp and Strous co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new …

Climate Opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Through The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into …

ASU Scores Chunk of $10M DOE Funding for Bioenergy R&D
May 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, …

CAB-Comm Final Report Documents Accomplishments from Six Years of Algal Research
May 12, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its …

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.

The recorded version can …

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide
March 23, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of these days your personal transportation system might look like this. A solar or wind energy facility generates renewable electricity, which is converted into a solar fuel using electrofuel …

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States
March 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon …

The Extreme 16: Strutting Microbial Terminators Pumping up the Pursuit of Sustainable Molecules
February 9, 2016 – 10:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take it to the Extreme, with these microscopic wonders that are changing the way we pursue sustainable fuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials.  —  These days, researchers are turning up life …

Strong 2015 Places Joule as a Global Leader in Scalable Ultra-Low Carbon Fuel Technologies
January 22, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire) Major milestones include acquisition of Red Rock Biofuels, expanded partner relationships, continued strong technology development backed by strong financing partners  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced today that it …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
January 19, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its …

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis
January 18, 2016 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize its CO2-to-fuel technology. —  When it comes to ethanol production volumes per acre of land, …

Cyanobacteria Efficient at “Harvesting” Light
December 21, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large “antenna.” This antenna helps them capture …

A Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels and Bioproducts from Photosynthesis
December 14, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and …

BETO-Funded Projects Win at the 2015 R&D 100 Awards
December 3, 2015 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) Two projects funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) have received awards at this year’s 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The annual “Oscars of Invention” awards recognize excellence in innovative technologies; BETO …

The Business of Algae and the Dream of Algae
October 2, 2015 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sapphire’s Jamie Levine, Matrix Genetics’ Margaret McCormick, Algal Scientific’s Geoff Horst, Heliae’s Len Smith and USCD’s Steve Mayfield reflect on the commercial progress of algae.  There is the dream of …

Building a Biofuel-Boosting Swiss Army Knife
September 22, 2015 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Phys.org/Michigan State University)  Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from …

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop
September 10, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how?  … If tobacco’s reputation has fallen into disrepute …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
September 8, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who are Joule? Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to …

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on Achieving High Yields from Algal Feedstocks
September 4, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has released a Request for Information (RFI) titled “High Yields through Productivity and Integration Research.” …

IITs Start Virtual Centre on Biofuel Technology
September 4, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Press Trust of India/Business Standard)  Five IITs have come together to set up a virtual centre spread across their campuses to develop advanced technologies in the area of biofuels.

This is a joint initiative of IITs …

EPA Schedules Workshop on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Biotechnology Algae
August 24, 2015 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a notice in the August 25, 2015, Federal Register announcing a public meeting on September 30, 2015, to receive public input …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 24, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who are Joule? Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to …

Turning CO2 Emissions into Plastic with Algae? It May Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds
August 18, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Niina Heikkinen (E&E Climate Wire)  … But ethylene’s ubiquity as a building block in plastics and chemicals masks an underlying environmental cost. The cheap hydrocarbon is made using petroleum and natural gas, and the way …

Ethylene Production via Sunlight Opens Door to Future
August 5, 2015 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Here’s the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it. “We envision some farms in the field that cover many acres. We will have cyanobacteria harvesting sunlight and C02 …

Orange is the New Red
August 3, 2015 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Berkeley Lab Study Shows Orange Carotenoid Protein Shifts More Than Just Color for Cyanobacterial Photoprotection

“Prior to our work, the assumption was that carotenoids are static, held in place …

Omani Scientists Working to Produce Biofuel from Agricultural Waste
July 28, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by M Najmuz Zafar (Muscat Daily)  A group of scientists and academics are undertaking a research on producing biofuel from biological and agricultural waste, which they say, will lay the foundation of biofuel industry in …

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues
July 13, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring …

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight
July 7, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks of turning an “ability” into an “industrial reality”.

It’s common knowledge that terrestrial plants (and many …

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels
June 17, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels – extending its ability …

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D
May 30, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot Targets that we can point to that could be game-changers in the world of making …

Matrix Breaks through on Genetic Methods for Modifying Spirulina: New Platform for Proteins, Pigments
March 5, 2015 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria.  In Washington, we have big news this week that Matrix Genetics announced a technology breakthrough …

Cyanobacterium Found in Algae Collection Holds Biotech Promise
February 6, 2015 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Washington University in St. Louis) Scientists have re-discovered a fast-growing bacterial strain first described in 1955

Cyanobacteria, bacteria that obtain their energy through photosynthesis, are of considerable interest as bio-factories, organisms that could be harnessed to …

Speeding Cyanobacteria Growth “Brightens” Biofuel’s Future
January 7, 2015 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Mary Beckman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/R&D Magazine)  Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their own food hold promise as host organisms for producing chemicals, biofuels and medicine. Researchers at …

Why Bacteria Could Be the Answer to a Future without Oil
January 7, 2015 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Errington (The Conversation)  … Historically petroleum has been used to develop the chemicals needed for products such as pesticides, food supplements and make-up. Although many of the building blocks required to make these chemicals occur …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

Oman Has Good Prospects for Microalgal Biofuel Production
December 15, 2014 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Santhosh Muthalath (Oman Observer)  The production of liquid fuels from biological material or ‘biomass’ is gaining popularity across the world. Factors such as climate change, rising fuel prices, political instability and depletion of petroleum …

The Strange World of Super-Strong, Super-Light Nanocellulose
October 30, 2014 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical implants and sutures? Drug delivery vehicles? Cosmetics? Lightweight armor?  That’s just a sample of the …

SynBioBeta Issues Report on Biofeedstock Company Proterro
October 14, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(SynBioBeta/BusinessWire) Proterro, the only biofeedstock company that makes sucrose instead of extracting it from crops or deconstructing cellulosic materials, is featured in a series of 2014 SynBioBeta industry reports.

“The importance of sugar as an industrial …

Proterro and Bunge To Conduct Pilot Study in Brazil of Proterro’s Sucrose-production Technology
September 25, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/BusinessWire)  Biofeedstock company Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited (Bunge), will conduct a pilot study of Proterro’s sucrose-production technology in Brazil.

Under a joint …

Washington State the Center of Climate Change Solutions
July 9, 2014 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Gleen Farley (KING 5 News) In 2011, Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in the country to fly regular passenger carrying flights using bio-fuel.  It replaced 20 percent of the jet fuel with a crystal …

Joule’s Quest for Fuels from CO2, Sunlight and Water
July 3, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … From Massachusetts, word arrived from Joule this week that the EPA has favorably reviewed the company’s Microbial Commercial Activity Notice for Joule’s first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. This clears the catalyst …

Asheville Entrepreneur Aims to Harness Cyanobacteria’s Photosynthetic Prowess
May 14, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Russell Roberson  (News Observer)  Bruce Dannenberg is a big fan of cyanobacteria – the ancient lineage of organisms you may remember from high school as blue-green algae. Turns out cyanobacteria aren’t algae after all; …

Proterro Reaches Sugar-Making Milestones
April 25, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/Biomass Magazine)  “Proterro has reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones,” CEO Kef Kasdin recently reported at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference.

Updating attendees on Proterro’s progress in developing an affordable, clean sugar feedstock for biofuels and …

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research
March 5, 2014 – 10:53 am | No Comment

(University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography)  Department of Energy report rates Scripps Institution of Oceanography lab and UC San Diego consortium as country’s best in algae technology research

A new report issued by the U.S. …

Proterro Wins Key Notice of Allowance for its Photobioreactor from USPTO
February 24, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Photobioreactor is a key innovation in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process now deployed at the company’s pilot plant in Orlando, Florida

In New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has …

Viji Sitther Wins Maryland Innovation Grant for Biofuel Research and Development
December 30, 2013 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Morgan State)  Maryland may soon delve into a new way of sustainable biofuel production, thanks to the research of Morgan State Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Viji Sitther. Last month, Dr. Sitther received a $100,000 Maryland …

USPTO Issues Patent to Biofeedstock Company Proterro for Its Biosynthetic Process To Manufacture Fermentable Sugar
December 9, 2013 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Proterro)  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,597,914 to Proterro, Inc., protecting Proterro’s unique, biosynthetic sugar-making process.

The only biofeedstock company that makes sugar instead of extracting it from crops …

Algae Tricked into Staying up Late to Produce Biomaterials
November 22, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md. and Waseda University in Tokyo have modified cyanobacteria’s biological clock to remain in its daytime state.

“We have shown that manipulating …

Why the New Biofuel Feedstocks Deserve Investment, Incentives
November 1, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/National Geographic Magazine)  …Biotechnology companies today are working to develop cyanobacteria, algae, and even municipal waste as feedstocks for advanced biofuels. But these promising abundant non-food sources lack either the …

Algae Farm-In-A-Balloon Could Silence The Algae Biofuel Boo-Birds
October 25, 2013 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)  A company called Proterro has come up with a super low-cost way to squeeze sucrose out of algae, and if its new pilot-scale facility shakes out successfully, don’t be surprised to …

Algae Aquaculture for Bioethanol Production
September 19, 2013 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  A team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that microalgae can be used to produce bioethanol as a biofuel for less than €0.40 a litre.

… The EU-funded project DEMA (‘Direct …

Synechocystis 6803 Just Might Be the Do-All Algal Strain
September 9, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Tony Fitzpatrick (Washington University/Algae Industry Magazine)    Synechocystis 6803 – a versatile, specialized cyanobacterium – can produce ethanol, hydrogen, butanol, isobutanol and potentially biodiesel. And it’s a natural at converting CO2 to useful chemicals …

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis
July 23, 2013 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to research new routes to the sustainable production of biofuels using photosynthetic bacteria.

“The purpose of …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.

Their technologies? Closed …

Biofuels Continue to Progress: The U.S. and Europe Are Making Strides to Advance Biofuels Technology.
May 30, 2013 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Seán Ottewell (Chemical Processing)  Biotechnology efforts in the United States and Europe are on the rise. For instance, Algenol Biofuels, Ft. Myers, Fl., developer of direct-to-ethanol technology for the production of advanced third-generation biofuels, has surpassed …

Doing it in the Dark: Fuel from Thin Air, and beyond Light
May 23, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beyond biomass, beyond fossil fuels, beyond light itself.   And now, the direct production of drop-in biofuel blendstocks. All available from a microbial “cow”.

This week in California, a research team from …

Engineering Algae to Make the ‘Wonder Material’ Nanocellulose for Biofuels and More
April 8, 2013 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/American Chemical Society)  Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco have become stars in a project — which scientists today said has reached an advanced stage — …

Sandia Scientist Engineers Cyanobacteria for Fuel
January 30, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by Sue Holmes (Sandia News Media/Algae Industry Magazine)  Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria to produce free fatty acids, a precursor to liquid fuels, and has also found that …

Engineered Bacteria Make Fuel from Sunlight
January 11, 2013 – 7:54 pm | No Comment

(University of California-Davis)  Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the …

ABO Clarifies Algae Producer Credit in “Fiscal Cliff” Legislation
January 3, 2013 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  According to the Algae Biomass Organization, as part of the bi-partisan “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on January 1, 2013, algae-derived fuels are, …

Qatar University Reveals Progress of Aviation Biofuels Project
November 27, 2012 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(The Peninsula) …This was the first time the team publicly detailed the progress of the state-backed QR45.5m biofuel project – the first time in the region. The university’s project, in collaboration with Qatar Airways and …

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis
October 2, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, …

Take It to the Limit: Algenol and Rising Yields in Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol hits 7000 gallon per acre mark in field operations. What’s the impact for Algenol, for energy independence, for the cost of transport fuel?

…Algenol CEO Paul Woods revealed that the …

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale
August 30, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions.

During the next …

Building Opportunity: New Tax Credits in Florida Aim to Incent Economic Development and Job Creation Through Biofuel Infrastructure Investments
July 19, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Specifically, the bill provides a sales tax refund for materials used in the distribution of blends of B10 through neat B100, ethanol blends of E10-E100, and other renewable fuels produced …

Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production
July 18, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg) Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a mechanism that controls the way that organisms breathe or photosynthesise, potentially paving the way for improved biofuel production.  READ MORE   and MORE (EarthSky.org)  Abstract

Steven Chu Discusses ‘All of the Above’ U.S. Energy Strategy
March 13, 2012 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by David Biello (CNET.com/Scientific American)  The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does that mean in practice? Energy Secretary Steven Chu explains.

…”We’re not going to be able to …

I Want a New Bug: Sapphire Licenses Spirulina from Earthrise for Biofuels
March 1, 2012 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Sapphire Energy announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Earthrise Nutritionals, to integrate Earthrise Nutritionals’ spirulina strain into Sapphire’s growing inventory of cyanobacteria and algae strains …

Biofuel Research Boosted by Discovery of How Cyanobacteria Make Energy
December 27, 2011 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  A generally accepted, 44-year-old assumption about how certain kinds of bacteria make energy and synthesize cell materials has been shown to be incorrect by a team of scientists led by Donald Bryant, the …

A Big Bang for Algae: South Dakota State University Researchers Develop an Algae Production System for Use in Space … and on Earth
November 10, 2011 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  Single cell photosynthetic organisms, such as blue-green algae, could play an important role in the future of our nation’s space program. Not only could they be used to supply valuable …

The SuperFriends and Their Planet-Saving Microbial Biofuel Powers
November 4, 2011 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world at large, they are generally called pests. We call them ‘magic bugs’. They are like the SuperFriends of Saturday morning cartoons – Nature has certainly endowed them …

$ 2.2 Million Department of Energy Grant to Build a Fuel-Producing Bacterium
November 4, 2011 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Diana Lutz (Washington University)  Custom-designed organism could break the stalemate in the algal fuel industry

…(T)he Department of Energy has funded a three-university collaboration led by Washington University in St. Louis to approach the problem …

No-Kill Farming: The Rise of Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Biofuels through Continuous Harvest
November 3, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does continuous harvest, and direct production from CO2 and water, offer a transformative, no-kill way to improve the carbon and dollar economics of biofuels? Can the dairy model work?

…In beef …

Spanish Bank of Algae Inaugurated
September 27, 2011 – 8:59 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Minister for Science and Innovation of the Spanish Central Government, Cristina Garmendia, along with Paulino Rivero, President of the Canarian Government and José Regidor, Rector of the University of Las Palmas …

A New Nexus: Meat & Dairy, Tissue Culturing, and Biofuels
September 8, 2011 – 8:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can biotech and biofuels relieve pressure on water, land, food and fuel by revolutionizing meat production?

…(O)ne sector that fell outside our focus on biofuels – but has important consequences for …

Stress Protection: How Blue-Green Algae Hoard Energy
August 12, 2011 – 9:19 am | No Comment

(Science Daily/Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum)  Under normal conditions, cyanobacteria, also termed blue-green algae, build up energy reserves that allow them to survive under stress such as long periods of darkness. They do this by means of a molecular …

South Dakota Research Project Could Help Colonize Space
July 29, 2011 – 7:38 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/South Dakota State University)   Humans may move one step closer to colonizing space thanks to a new research project that NASA is funding at South Dakota State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and …

Bacteria as Biofuel: It’s Coming
June 9, 2011 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jason Kennedy (IT World)  One company figured out a way to turn the byproduct of a genetically modified bacteria into biofuel.

…A Cambridge, MA based company, Joule Unlimited, however, thinks that race might be over …

Green and Lean: Secreting Bacteria Eliminate Cost Barriers for Renewable Biofuel Production
May 27, 2011 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Physorg.com)  A Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing low-cost, renewable biofuels from bacteria. The team has reprogrammed photosynthetic microbes to secrete high-energy …

Matrix Genetics Pursues the Algae Fuel Dream in the Lab, Not With Big Steel Tanks, Giant Ponds
May 16, 2011 – 9:13 am | No Comment

by Luke Timmerman  (Xconomy Seattle)  …McCormick, one of the featured speakers at next week’s Xconomy event on alternative fuels, has led this quiet effort for the past three years inside Seattle-based Targeted Growth. While Targeted Growth …

Cadillac Sugars, Chevrolet Prices
April 29, 2011 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new generation of technologists aim high in value, low in cost, as the race for sugars to process into biofuels amps up a notch or three

“You know, we hear …

Startup Proterro Engineers Bacteria For Higher Ethanol Producing Sugar Yield
April 5, 2011 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Mihai Sandru  (UK.IBTimes  Green Economy) Princeton-based startup Proterro has announced the development of a technology that can produce sugar, the main source for ethanol, by using engineered cyanobacteria, photosynthetic organisms that can produce sucrose …

Scientists Aim to Improve Photosynthesis to Increase Food and Fuel Production
April 1, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(University of Glasgow)   Scientists from the University of Glasgow are working with international colleagues on a £5.4m collaboration to improve the process of photosynthesis.

Photosynthesis is the process whereby biological systems convert sunlight into food and …

Phytonix Corporation Obtains Global License for a Revolutionary Biofuels Technology to Replace Gasoline
March 14, 2011 – 7:03 am | No Comment

(Morningstar Business Wire/Phytonix) Asheville, NC-based Phytonix Corporation now owns the exclusive worldwide licensing rights for a cutting-edge technology to create an environmentally friendly fuel that replaces gasoline. It also has partnered with a top European University laboratory …

Algae Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World
February 21, 2011 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …From the low points like the closure of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Aquatic Species Program to highs like 2009′s “Summer of Algae”, aquatic organisms from cyanobacteria to …

Proterro Produces Low-Cost Fermentable Sugars
November 22, 2010 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

By Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …Venture-capital backed Proterro has developed a technology using a microorganism grown in a unique bioreactor that secretes fermentable sugars using sunlight, CO2, water and a few commonly available …

Life Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for an Ethanol Production Process Based on Blue-Green Algae
October 26, 2010 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Dexin Luo, Zushou Hu, Dong Gu Choi, Valerie M. Thomas, Matthew J. Realff, and Ronald R. Chance (Environmental Science and Technology)  Ethanol can be produced via an intracellular photosynthetic process in cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), excreted …

What’s New and Cool: What Inventors are Inventing in Biofuels
August 11, 2010 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, here’s a look at some of the more interesting biofuel-related patent applications logged at the US Patent and Trademark Office in recent weeks. The USPTO’s archive is not for …

What’s “New and Cool” in the World of Algal Fuel Development
August 10, 2010 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …On the microcrop, bacterial and algael research front.

Lemna…
The Archaea…
Electricity from Waste via microbes…   READ MORE

Benchtop Biofuels: Fine-Tuning Growth Conditions Helps Cyanobacteria Flourish
July 8, 2010 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Richard Harth (Arizona State University)  Cyanobacteria are among the oldest living forms in nature, responsible for generating the atmospheric oxygen we breathe today. Now Hyun Woo Kim and Raveender Vannela, researchers at the Biodesign …

Microbes Reprogrammed to Ooze Oil for Renewable Biofuel
April 5, 2010 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Physorg.com)  Using genetic sleight of hand, researcher Xinyao Liu and professor Roy Curtiss at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have coaxed photosynthetic microbes to secrete oil—bypassing energy and cost barriers that have hampered green biofuel …

Sneak-Peek at “Fuel from Thin Air”: Joule Biotechnologies and Its “Game-Changing Technology”
March 16, 2010 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In the Joule technology, biomass is not used as an intermediate. Via a solar converter unit, the microorganism obtains carbon and oxygen by fixing atmospheric CO2 or utilizing direct fed …

Self-destructing Bacteria Improve Renewable Biofuel Production
January 11, 2010 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Joe Caspermeyer  (Renewable Energy World)  An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower cost, renewable biofuels. The team has programmed a photosynthetic microbe to …

Cyanobacteria: The New Biofuels Platform?
December 29, 2009 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 2009 has taught us that the excess of emissions in the skies and shortage of land on the ground may well be solved underwater, through microcrops: algaes. diatoms, cyanobacteria …

Bacteria Engineered to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel
December 11, 2009 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Matthew Chin (Science Daily) In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel …

The Rise of Biofuels from Algae
August 30, 2009 – 8:20 am | No Comment

(ClearSkies.com)  Clean Skies News Dipka Bhambhani reports on the rise of biofuels from algae as part of the nation’s energy portfolio.  WATCH VIDEO

Now Sunlight CO2 and Bacteria Equals Ethanol
April 30, 2008 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(New Energy and Fuel) A new bacterium, a cyanobacterium that is energized by sunlight and excretes the sugars glucose and sucrose with some cellulose has been created by Dr. R. Malcolm Brown and Dr. David Nobles …

The Third Domain: The Untold Story of Archaea and the Future of Biotechnology
January 2, 2008 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Science News)  Until 1977, the known classes of life included eukaryotes and bacteria. When microbiologist Carl Woese announced the discovery of a third class, most academics scoffed. Yet today, barely 30 years later, archaea are …