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Why Hydrothermal Liquefaction Hasn’t Taken off Yet
April 2, 2018 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine/Science Trends)  enguang Zhou writes in about work recently published in the journal Bioresource Technology regarding why Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) of microalgae — a bio-oil technology which does not require dewatering and drying of algal biomass — …

DTI Seeks Technology Partners for Algae Extraction
March 22, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Diversified Technologies, Inc. (DTI) has received a Phase II SBIR for the USDA NFIA to use pulsed electric field (PEF) processing for algal extraction and predator control. Working with the Arizona Center for …

March Madness: These Colleges are Mad for Biodiesel
March 8, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) National Biodiesel Board releases field of “Elite Eight”  —  March Madness kicks off next week, showcasing the very best of college basketball. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has released its own …

Extraction of Valuable Oils from Algae and other Green Plants: Challenges, Opportunities and Commercial Landscape
January 31, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Brian Goodall (First Garden City Consulting/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … (I)n the case of microalgae the oil has to coaxed out of the whole plant (typically single cells) using chemical or physical means to …

Top 10 Asia Bioeconomy Trends
December 26, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With apologies to every other region around the world. we continue to see Asia as the epicenter of the biobased revolution over the next 20 years. The reasons are three and …

From Algae Blooms to Algae Oil: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Manta Biofuel
November 28, 2017 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The promise is this: Manta could one day skim algae right off of the Chesapeake Bay and convert it into oil, simultaneously cleaning up deadly algae blooms and providing the precursor …

Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0
November 20, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Edwards (Algae Industry Magazine)  he new report, Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0, was released by the ABO Technical Standards Committee at the 11th Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) in Salt Lake City this month. The IAM 8.0collaboration …

ASU, CSU, NREL Share in $3.5 Million Algae Project
October 11, 2017 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Colorado State University scientists and Arizona State University’s Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation are partners in a three-year grant of up to $3.5 million from the Department of Energy, aimed …

Bioreactors on a Chip Renew Promises for Algal Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Alexa M. Schmitz (Cornell University/Biomass Magazine)  … This week, researchers from the Cornell-affiliated Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University report in Plant Direct exciting new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain: algal droplet …

Producing High Productivity Microalgae with Flexible Composition
October 3, 2017 – 5:47 pm | No Comment

by Mohammad-Matin Hanifzadeh (Algae Industry Magazine)  Editor’s note: Matin is a PhD graduate research assistant at the University of Toledo. He has worked for more than five years on research related to improving economic and environmental sustainability …

Technology Could Transform Microalgae into Bio-Based Chemicals to Increase Biofeedstock, Reduce Landfill Waste
July 21, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Purdue University) Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue Foundry-affiliated company, is developing a unique process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into bio-based chemicals to maximize the value of biofeedstock and reduce landfill waste….
Okamoto (Kelvin Okamoto, …

Wazzup with Algae? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE’s Algae Systems Program
June 20, 2017 – 10:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to algae? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given at DOE Project Peer Review 2017.
In this deck, …

Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE Feedstocks R&D Programs
May 24, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  More than 1 billion tons of biomass could be domestically converted into biofuels and products, say DOE. Biomass could displace 25% of U.S. petroleum use annually by 2030, keeping $260 billion in the United States, …

Algae Bioenergy State of Technology Review
May 4, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  Even though algae remain an attractive target for bioenergy applications over the longer term because of their high photosynthetic efficiency, the near-term prospects for primary algae-based energy/fuels production are poor due to the …

Algae Hard at Work in Hawaii
November 8, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Alison Goss Eng (U.S. Department of Energy/Renewable Energy World)  The beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii, is known for its pristine beaches and dramatic mountain ranges. But Kauai is not just a vacation spot; it …

Heard on the Floor at the Algae Biomass Summit
November 2, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On October 23-26 the algae industry gathered in Phoenix, AZ for the Algae Biomass Summit , its annual get together. Gone are the glory days of algae biofuels capturing headlines and …

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 …

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Tom Dempster Taking ATP3 Workshops on the Road
October 19, 2016 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Dr. Tom Dempster works as a research professor – focusing on strain selection and development, biomass production, algal biofuels and high-value products, and air and wastewater bioremediation – at …

A Breakthrough in Algae Harvesting
August 22, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) One of the more perplexing problems of the advanced bioeconomy is getting algae out of the water or the water out of the algae. It simply isn’t a problem in traditional, …

What’s DOE Doing about Feedstock Costs? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Feedstock Programs
August 12, 2016 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Is it just cost that bedevils industrial biotechnology in bringing fuels technologies to scale. Not just, says BETO program director Jonathan Male, who adds that a DOE “Tiger Team” indentified …

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 …

2016 National Algal Biofuels Technology Review
July 21, 2016 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae-based biofuels and bioproducts offer great promise in contributing to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office’s vision of a thriving and sustainable bioeconomy fueled by innovative technologies. The …

Three Algae Companies Awarded $1 Million Each by the Energy Department
July 21, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Paul Mullen (Algae Biomass Organization)  The Energy Department announced that they will be awarding 23 small businesses with $1 million each over the next two years to help the small businesses advance their concepts. …

Where’s the Algae?
April 13, 2016 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This week, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced an amendment  that would provide tax credit support for carbon capture and utilization technologies that enable the conversion of CO2 into valuable …

Cleaning Wastewater With Pond Scum
January 28, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Drexel NOW)  A blob of algae scooped from a fountain on South Street almost two years ago, has seeded a crop of the green stuff that Drexel University researchers claim is more effective at treating …

Algae-Derived Biofuels Gain Traction as Commercial Viability Increases
January 11, 2016 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Eco-Business/Future Market Insights)  Algaculture, the farming of algae for fuel, is gaining traction globally as governments and private players look to leverage on the potential of algae as a biofuel. Concerns about depleting oil resources …

Algae Industry Magazine’s 2015 International Readers’ Poll — Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
January 11, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  In any industry, a few incredible people make an enormous impact. The algae industry is fortunate to honor Algae Ambassadors that are great scientists and industry leaders. They are also superb educators …

Still Algae, Still Fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Muradel
November 11, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Taking in algae, biomass and organic waste streams, Muradel is using Green2Black, a suite of state of the art harvesting, extraction and sub-critical water reactor technologies, to produce “green crude” …

AlgaeTec Cultivation Center Opens in Munich
October 27, 2015 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Technical University of Munich (TUM) has built a one-of-a-kind technical facility for algae cultivation at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn, to the south of Munich, Germany, in cooperation with Airbus …

Algae Commercialization, R&D and Business Networking Forum — February 17, 2016 — Frankfurt, Germany
October 5, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment
Algae Commercialization, R&D and Business Networking Forum —   February 17, 2016   —   Frankfurt, Germany

With volatile oil prices, research is been injected into alternative forms of energy such as algae biofuel but as algae still remains a challenge for future energy production, the industry has to in the meantime …

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 …

Algae Fuel, Algae Research Clusters: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BIOFAT
September 21, 2015 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BIOFAT is a microalgae-to-biofuel FP7 demonstration project that integrates the entire value chain of algae process from optimized growth, starch and oil accumulation, to downstream processing (biorefinery) including biofuel production …

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.” …

Algae Fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock
August 27, 2015 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What is the Earth Room Problem and how is osmotic shock helping us to solve it?
You may have wondered to yourself — at some point between 2009’s Summer of Algae …

Cellana – The 2015 8-Slide Guide — Algae to Fuels, Feed and Nutraceuticals with an Integrated Biorefinery Focus.
July 15, 2015 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana’s patented ALDUO system enables economic, sustainable, and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to construct and operate commercial facilities to produce these products as …

China’s Algae Crisis Offers Feedstock for U.S. Plastics Firm
July 15, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

Nina Ying Sun (Plastics News)  Lake Taihu, the third largest freshwater body in China, once was pure and beautiful and one of my fondest childhood memories. But like many things in China, it has fallen …

What’s up with Algae Now?
July 10, 2015 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 31 Algae players, what do they make now, and how are they making out? … Here’s our company by company guide to 31 of the players on the scene — project …

OriginClear and AlgEternal Partner on Algal Fertilizer
July 8, 2015 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) OriginClear Inc. and partner AlgEternal have announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, they believe their pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear technology, may reduce conventional fertilizer cost by up to 40 …

Rep. Kaptur Welcomes $50,000 NSF Award For UT Algal Bio-Chemistry Research‎
July 3, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)) Innovative extraction method sources chemicals from algae instead of from imported oils — Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) welcomed news that The University of Toledo (UT) will receive $50,000 from the National Science Foundation …

Local Elementary, High School Students Exhibit Algae Projects at Arizona State University
April 27, 2015 – 11:51 am | No Comment

(Arizona State University)  Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus hosted the Night of the Open Door on Feb. 20, an occasion to highlight clubs and organizations that dedicate themselves to science. The Arizona Center for Algae …

White House Science Fair Celebrates Student Research
March 30, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

By Emily Conover (Science Magazine) Sixteen-year-old Sophia Sánchez-Maes is all about algae. The slimy green stuff is an attractive candidate for biofuel production, but Sánchez-Maes wondered why the biofuel startups near her hometown of Las Cruces, …

Energy Department Announces New Grant Topics to Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies
November 12, 2014 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy) The Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) today announced nine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs …

Muradel Launches Green Crude Demo Plant
October 31, 2014 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Renewable fuels company Muradel has launched Australia’s first integrated demonstration plant to sustainably convert algae into green crude, as a first step towards a commercial plant with the potential to produce 80 …

Missing Link Awarded Four Patents for Algae Biomass Technology
October 20, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, Missing Link Technology has been awarded patents for its deep water growth, harvesting, oils extraction, and biocrude extraction integrated suite of solutions. The patents focus on algae technology, …

Where Are We with Algae Biofuels? Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2014 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The state of R&D so far. 4 NAABB advances  have brought the cost of algae biocrude oil down to $7.50 per gallon.  3 roadblocks remain between today’s cost and $3.00.  In our …

ABB, Renewable Algal Energy Collaborate to Commercialize Algae Production for Renewable Fuels, Nutraceuticals
August 4, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(ABB, Renewable Algal Energy)  ABB technology for control and efficiency of algae harvesting and conversion process; algae used for nutritional supplements, animal feed and fuel
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it …

Algae Underfunded in Energy Hunt
July 18, 2014 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

By Kazuaki Nagata ( The Japan times)…While the technology itself is not new, Japanese scientists say they believe oil from aquatic algae could become an important raw material as biomass technology improves and the world looks …

Sweden’s Perstorp Exploring Algal Biodiesel
June 27, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) Perstorp, a Swedish-based leader in various sectors of the international specialty chemicals market, is one of the partners in the project “Bäckhammars Algbruk” that was inaugurated May 27. The aim for Perstorp is to …

Ricoh Awards Prizes for Students’ Sustainable Innovations at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF)
June 5, 2014 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

(Ricoh/PR NewsWire)  Winners of the 10th Ricoh Sustainable Development Award prove sustainability and good business are entirely compatible
Derived from plants, biofuel is an environmentally sustainable approach to the world’s energy needs, but its production is …

Fortunately, Unfortunately: Pathways and Barriers to Algae Biofuels at Scale
May 27, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think algae biofuels are real and near? Or, think it’s a promotional scheme for attracting finance for nutraceuticals and academic bridges-to-nowhere?  The barriers might be more, or less, daunting than …

Algae Biofuel: A Review of Some Recent Developments
March 4, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Most of the oil that we drill out of the ground was formed by algae and other sea-borne flora that piled up at the bottom of the ocean over …

IHI Biotech Unit Succeeds in Cutting Cost of Growing Oil-Producing Algae
January 15, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Biofuel research firm IHI NeoG Algae LLC, a unit of major heavy machinery maker IHI Corp., has succeeded in cutting the cost of producing oil from algae, an alternative to crude oil-based fuel. …

The Venus Technology: Algae Joins Wood at the Liquefaction and Supercritical Frontier for Biofuels
December 26, 2013 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  PNNL develops a project that, using conditions usually found on the planet Venus, produces a continuous stream of drop-in advanced biofuels, from algae, with the potential for dramatically lowered costs. …

New National Algae Association Algae Production Incubator in North Texas
October 17, 2013 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he National Algae Association (NAA) has announced the opening of a new Algae Production Incubator Program, located 30 miles south of Ft. Worth/ Dallas, on 17 acres with 5 available commercial buildings.
The …

Aurora Algae to Evaluate Potential of Mid West Australia for Commercial Microalgae Production
August 19, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Aurora Algae)  In collaboration with Durack Institute of Technology, Aurora Algae has completed construction of a new algae cultivation test site in Geraldton, Western Australia, to evaluate the potential of the Mid West region for …

Secretary Moniz Announces New Biofuels Projects to Drive Cost Reductions, Technological Breakthroughs
August 6, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  During remarks at the Energy Department’s Biomass 2013 annual conference, Secretary Moniz today highlighted the important role biofuels play in the Administration’s Climate Action Plan to increase our energy security and reduce greenhouse …

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 …

A.I.M. Interview: NAABB’s José Olivares
July 22, 2013 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  José Olivares is a busy man. Not only the founder and kingpin of the NAABB 3-year DOE-backed consortium to ring out the potential of algal biofuel production, he also …

Crazy 8s: Algae’s 8 Crazy-Fast Cores of Innovation
May 6, 2013 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s behind the 8-ball, the algae optimists or pessimists?   It all comes down to the pace of innovation in 8 cores.
… In a recent survey of its members, the Algae Biomass …

Zero Mix Thirty: Heliae Debuts Volaris, for Algae at Scale
April 24, 2013 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Heliae emerges from stealth with Volaris — its next-gen algae platform — “This technology will unlock the industry,” the company says.
…Volaris is the result of five years of targeted innovation, …

Sapphire Energy Enters Into A Commercial Agreement With Tesoro For Purchase Of Green Crude Oil
March 20, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment

(Tucson News/Sapphire Energy)  Sapphire Achieves Major Milestone with Continuous Green Crude Oil Production
Sapphire Energy, Inc., a leader in algae-based Green Crude oil production, today announced it has entered into a commercial agreement with Tesoro Refining …

A.I.M. Interview: Dr. Isaac Berzin
March 15, 2013 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  It was in 2001 when Dr. Isaac Berzin, a PhD Chemical Engineer at MIT’s Center for Space Research, started to question the work of the Department of Energy’s Aquatic …

Algae to Biofuel
March 12, 2013 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

(Vermont Bioenergy)  Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel R&D in the Northeast  WATCH VIDEO

Team Develops Sustainable Process for Wastewater Algae to Biocrude
February 19, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(  A team at the University of Kansas has demonstrated the feasibility of an integrated wastewater algae-to-biocrude process using hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) that can sustainably cultivate algal biomass for biofuel production. A paper on their …

Alabama Inventors Patent Algae Extraction Method
January 3, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Streamline Automation, of Huntsville, Alabama, has been assigned a patent (8,303,818) developed by four co-inventors for a “method and apparatus using an active ionic liquid for algae biofuel harvest and extraction.” The …

How Can Algae Be Converted into Biofuel?
December 3, 2012 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Susan Cassidy (How Stuff Works)  Believe it or not, one day algae may provide at least one part of the answer to our dependence on fossil fuels. But using algae as a biofuel isn’t quite as simple …

A.I.M. Interview: Incitor’s Jacob Berman and Troy Lapsys
November 12, 2012 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)   There is a new process that algae producers can use in the conversion stage to help increase their capacity and add to the bottom line, says Incitor’s VP …

One-Step Algae Harvesting, Dewatering, FAME Production
November 5, 2012 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a proof-of-concept design to harvest, dewater and convert algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins. In a paper …

A.I.M. Interview: Heliae’s Dan Simon
October 30, 2012 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Heliae is the 9th startup for CEO Dan Simon, and the company is finally at his favorite stage. “We are completing our charge through the Valley of Death,” he …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CJ Warner and Tim Zenk
October 24, 2012 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)   … So now that Green Crude Farm is in operation, what’s the current activity there?
CJ: We are about to do the next big thing with the Farm, which is …

Change the World: Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm, Illustrated
October 2, 2012 – 9:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Growing crude oil as a crop – Sapphire Energy and its Green Crude Farm – can it be the sunlight in your universe and change the world?   What does it look …

In Race to Algae Fuel, Sapphire Scores Point for Open Ponds
September 7, 2012 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

Martin Lamonica  (MIT Technology Review)  Sapphire Energy has started operation of its demonstration-scale algae farm, a project which perhaps brings more clarity to an industry debate over the best way to grow algae.
The San Diego-based …

Researchers Develop One-Step Algae Harvesting, FAME Conversion
September 6, 2012 – 8:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a proof-of-concept design to harvest, dewater and convert the dried algae to biodiesel in a one-step process using resins.
In a …

The Top 10 Advanced Biofuels and Biorefining Companies in Asia
September 4, 2012 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …While the economic growth in China has been drawing virtually all the headlines in recent years, the “Tiger” economies of Southeast and South Asia have been fast-growing for a long …

Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-to-Energy Facility Now Operational
August 27, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sapphire Energy)   Initial Phase of World’s First Green Crude Farm Completed On Time and On Budget
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase …

The Summer of Algae, Part II
August 20, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Launching today – and stretching into early Fall – the Algae Biomass Organization is coordinating a series of events billed as “The “Summer of Algae II” to raise awareness about …

Old Frog, New Tricks: The Rise of Magnetic Biofuels
July 18, 2012 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can the harnessing of the powers of magnetism overcome cost challenges in algal biofuels?  Researchers across the globe pursue the answers.
…For the fossil molecule, its time within a living system …

Power of Algae Unleashed by Protein Technologies
February 16, 2012 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(Manchester Evening News)  A biotech business has developed and patented a process which it believes has the potential to fight the world’s energy and food crises. Protein Technologies, based at Manchester Science Parks, specialises in research …

A.I.M. Interview: Susan Kunz, BioVantage
February 6, 2012 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  Susan M. Kunz, President and Chief Executive Officer of BioVantage, describes herself in part as a “startup addict,” this being her fourth company built from the ground up.
…As CEO of BioVantage …

Algae Producer Aquaviridis and OriginOil Announce Joint Commercial Agreement
February 3, 2012 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Development of dry-land aquaculture could transform desert farm economies of the American Southwest and Mexico
Mexicali Valley, Mexico and Los Angeles, CA February 3, 2012 – Algae producer Aquaviridis and OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to …

Microbubbles Provide New Boost for Biofuel Production
January 27, 2012 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert)  …Now, a team led by Professor Will Zimmerman in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Sheffield, believe they have solved the problem. They have developed an inexpensive way of …

OriginOil Announces Commercial Algae Harvesting System
November 16, 2011 – 7:46 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Algae Appliance set for commercial release in early 2012 will help producers meet rising demand
OriginOil, Inc. , the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global …

38 Reasons Algae Will Never Replace Oil
October 30, 2011 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(  …  This is a quick summary of the problems with making fuel from algae:
Is more energy used to make algae biofuel than is created? (EROEI)
1)  Keep water in ponds or plastic tubing within a …

Farming for Energy Starts to Gain Ground
October 28, 2011 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Sonya Kolesnikov-Jessop  (New York Times)  Pahang State in central Malaysia is about to becomehome to the world’s largest commercial farm project producing microalgae for biofuel.
The farm will start to take shape in the first quarter …

OriginOil Breakthrough Increases Algal Extraction Efficiency Without Using Hazardous Solvents
October 10, 2011 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Researchers Used Natural Material to Break Down Cell Walls and Improve Extraction by up to 15%
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae …

Algae Processing Technologies: Fueling Industry Growth
October 7, 2011 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Hoyt Thomas (OpenAlgae)  Hoyt Thomas, President and CEO of  OpenAlgae, points out that the algae industry is suffering from a case of separation anxiety. To find out the solutions, OpenAlgae developed unique separation technologies …

Moving Algae Biofuels from “Potential” to “Practice”: Commercial Application of Microalgae
September 20, 2011 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

by Greg Schwartz  (Kent BioEnergy Corporation) Greg Schwartz, Ph.D., Director of Systems Engineering, explained that Kent BioEnergy (KBE) is active in Aquatic research and development in several fields, such as aquaculture system design, water treatment …

Moving Algae Biofuels from “Potential” to “Practice”: Next Generation Algae Extraction and Fractionation Technology
September 9, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

By Brian L. Goodall, Puneet Chandra and Tom Czartoski (SRS Energy)  Brian Goodall introduced SRS energy which specializes in oil and water purification, separation and related services. For four years, SRS Dexter focused their R&D …

A.I.M. Interview: Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Dr. Babetta Marrone and Dr. Jim Coons
September 6, 2011 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Dr. Babetta Marrone and Dr. Jim Coons are in charge of developing the Ultrasonic Algae Biofuel Harvester, as their part of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)’s part of the 3-year NAABB project.
…Together, …

Separation at the Heart of Algae Industry Challenge
September 2, 2011 – 7:12 am | No Comment

by Hoyt Thomas (OpenAlgae/Biofuels Digest)  …Dealing with the separation issue is perhaps the biggest obstacle we face.  But that’s not what you’ll read on most algae companies’ websites.
…Compared to the well-developed soy and palm crops …

OriginOil Develops Real-Time Control Network for Large Scale Algae Harvesting
August 10, 2011 – 9:24 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Sensor array will manage hundreds of interactions critical to large production operations.
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technologyto extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae oil services industry, today …

SRS Energy Grows Toward Commercialization
July 22, 2011 – 8:55 am | No Comment

by Jonathan Williams  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Brian Goodall, the Vice President of Business Development at SRS Energy, spoke at the 1st International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels, and Bioproducts on how their company is moving towards …

A New Japanese Venture to Pursue Mass Production of Algae Biofuel
July 22, 2011 – 8:37 am | No Comment

(The Denki Shimbun) Three Japanese companies of IHI Corporation, a biotechnology venture Gene and Gene Technology (G&GT) based in Osaka Prefecture, and the Neo-Morgan Laboratory Incorporated (NML) based in Kawasaki City announced July 7 that …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

A.I.M. Interview: OriginOil’s Paul Reep
June 6, 2011 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  …Far from a fresh hire, Paul (Reep)’s involvement with OriginOil actually dates back to the origin of the company that Riggs and his brother Nicholas Eckelberry started in 2007. …

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

(  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 …

OriginOil Receives Order for Large-Scale Algae Extraction System
May 25, 2011 – 6:37 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  MBD Energy places an order for a large-scale algae extraction system to be installed at the first of three commercial ‘CO2 to Energy’ power station projects in Australia.
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to …

10 Hot Algae Extraction Technologies (and 5 Stealth Projects to Keep an Eye on)
May 17, 2011 – 9:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …AER Sustainable Energy – enzymatic hydrolysis This Ireland-based group, set up in 2006, applied for license to supply ethanol into the Irish market, and by 2010 was supplying up to …

OriginOil’s French Joint Venture Participates in Large-Scale Algae Projects
May 13, 2011 – 7:18 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technologyto extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae oil services industry, yesterday announced that Ennesys, its joint venture partner in France, is working with …

LSU-AgCenter and Aquatic Energy Recommended for Clean Technology Grant
May 11, 2011 – 8:58 am | No Comment

(KOLD/Aquatic Energy, LLC/PR Newswire)  Following a rigorous 3-Phase review process, Louisiana-AgCenter (LSU-AgCenter) and Aquatic Energy LLC (AE) have been recommended 1st for state research funds by the Industrial Ties Research Subprogram (ITRS) component of the …

Aviation Fuel from Ohio Grown Algae Tested
May 11, 2011 – 8:37 am | No Comment

(Independence Bio-Products/PR Web)  Independence Bio-Products (IBP) of Dublin, Ohio has produced algae oil, which has been converted to jet fuel and then tested by the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. …

Great Plains Renewable Energy Outlines Algae Plans on Q1 Call
May 9, 2011 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  …Highlights of the discussion included updates on GPRE’s recently announced BioProcess Algae joint venture. Following are some comments by Mr. Becker and his answers to some shareholder questions regarding their algae ventures:
…The …

A.I.M. Interview: Cal Poly’s Dr. Tryg Lundquist
May 9, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  As an environmental engineering professor at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA, Dr. Tryg Lundquist researches how wastewater can make algae biofuel and how algae biofuel …

BARD and OriginOil Announce Co-Venture
May 9, 2011 – 8:48 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  BARD Holding Inc., of Morrisville, PA, and California-based OriginOil, Inc. have formed a co-venture to combine their technologies into an end-to-end algae cultivation, harvesting and extraction system.
…“OriginOil’s harvesting and extraction technology coupled …

Aurora Algae’s Demonstration Opens for Business in Algstralia
May 4, 2011 – 7:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Aurora Algae opened its demonstration facility in Karratha, Western Australia, where the Company’s algae-based biomass is being harvested for products in the nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, aquaculture and renewable energy …

Solix BioSystems™ Sells and Delivers First Commercial Lumian™ AGS4000
April 29, 2011 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

(Solix BioSystems)  Solix BioSystems today announced the first sale and delivery of its Lumian AGS4000 high productivity, fully integrated algae cultivation system to New Mexico State University (NMSU), Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Lumian AGS4000 is …

OriginOil Signs First Major Distribution Deal with Process Partner
April 15, 2011 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Global distribution plan extends to product integration, manufacturing and mutual marketing
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, today announced …

Transformers: 8 Technologies To Rock the Bio World
April 12, 2011 – 7:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Game changer, breakthrough, revolution, quantum leap. A lot of technologies arrive on the Digest’s doorstep wrapped in one of those descriptors, or another. Sometimes wrapped in all of them.
But what …

Diversified Technologies’ PEF Pre-Treatment of Algae for Oil Extraction to Help Biorefineries Cut Costs
February 28, 2011 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  Diversified Technologies, Inc. has introduced a low-cost process (patent pending) for the pre-treatment of algae using pulsed electric field (PEF) technology to streamline the extraction of oils from algal cells early in the biorefining process.
The …

Solar Acquisition Corp. Signs MOU With Global Natural Energy to Form Bio-Fuel Subsidiary
February 12, 2011 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire)  GNE-USA Will Have Exclusive US Rights to Breakthrough Bio-Diesel Technology
Solar Acquisition Corp. and Global Natural Energy Cyprus Ltd today announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to form a joint venture, GNE …

Algae: The Future of Fuel
February 5, 2011 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(Canadian Broadcasting Company)  …Algae : The Future of Fuel is a half hour documentary that reveals the global search that is underway to develop a renewable energy source from an unlikely source: algae. The film …

Algaeventure Awarded Loan for Algae Dewatering Systems
February 4, 2011 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  Algaeventure Systems Inc. has been awarded a $1.5 million loan from the Ohio development department’s R&D investment loan fund to support the purchase of machinery and equipment to manufacture its algae …

Algae Harvesting No Problem for Kent Bioenergy
February 2, 2011 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  …Kent Bioenergy has been harvesting algae for years, as part of their aquaculture business that dates back the the 1970s. The original company needed to learn how to clean the water …

A.I.M. Interview: Sapphire Energy’s CEO Dr. Jason Pyle
January 24, 2011 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz   (Algae Industry Magazine)   Dr. Jason Pyle, the high profile CEO at the even more high profile “green crude” developer, Sapphire Energy, holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Physiology, as …

Lotta Watta: Algal Innovators Pioneering New Extraction Techniques
January 18, 2011 – 7:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Ohio, Algaeventure Systems advises that, today, they are releasing an RFP targeting the nation’s leading algae producers to act as demonstration sites for its SLS Industrial algae dewatering technology …

Low Cost Algae Oil Production System Advances
January 13, 2011 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  Photon8, a new venture algae oil development firm has emerged from research work at the University Of Texas, Brownsville, TX, by placing its priority on the economics of making algal …

Algae Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Technologies January 13-14 The Woodlands, TX
November 22, 2010 – 8:49 am | No Comment
Algae Growing, Harvesting and Extraction Technologies    January 13-14   The Woodlands, TX

Collaboration, Strategic Alliances and Networking at Biotech Institute – Lone Star College
President Obama recently said, “Each of us has a part to play in a new future that will benefit all of us. As we recover …

Algae Industry Growth and Future Directions
October 14, 2010 – 7:49 am | No Comment

by Mark Edwards  (Algae Industry Magazine)  …The 2010 Algae World Europe Industry Survey was conducted in association with the Centre for Management Technology and 2nd Algae World Europe 2010 Conference in Brussels. The 2010 Algae …

Hatcher Team Creates New Process to Boost Biofuel Production from Algae
September 21, 2010 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(Old Dominion University)  …During the past five years, researchers at Old Dominion University have devised ways to cultivate and harvest microscopic algae, and then to convert them into a biodiesel fuel by a proprietary one-step …

New Process for Production of Biodiesel Directly From Wet Algal Biomass Could Reduce Energy and Financial Costs
September 1, 2010 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Green Car Congress/FavStocks)  Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed and demonstrated the feasibility of a two-step hydrolysis-solvolysis process to produce biodiesel directly from wet algal biomass. Their process eliminates the need for biomass …

Arizona Set to Become Center for Algae-Based, Biofuel Industry
August 31, 2010 – 7:32 am | No Comment

by William Hermann(The Arizona Republic)   Clean, green energy source could replace fossil fuels.
…With its ideal climate and abundance of available land, Arizona is poised to become a major center of a multibillion-dollar, algae-based, biofuel industry.

Scientists …

A European Perspective on Algal Biofuel Scaleup
August 24, 2010 – 7:57 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  An article by Rene H. Wijffels and Maria J. Barbosa, of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, published in the current edition of Science Journal, details the challenges and opportunities of algal biofuel …

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 …

NSF Grant to NC State U. for Algae Biofuel from Dunaliella
August 9, 2010 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Dr. William L. Roberts, a professor in the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, and his colleagues, four biologists and three engineers, are working on ways to …

OriginOil Announces Revenue from First Customer
July 30, 2010 – 8:43 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Shipment of OriginOil Quantum Fracturing System to MBD Energy Triggers Payment
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform algae, the most promising source of renewable oil, into a true competitor to petroleum, …

New Development in the Algae Field Could Lead to the ‘Holy Grail’ of Hydrogen Production
July 23, 2010 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Williams  (Algae Industry Magazine)   …(O)one of the major roadblocks on the road to a hydrogen economy is the cost to produce hydrogen. If hydrogen is to become a viable fuel source, it will …

Biojet Fuel from Algae – Unitel’s New Technology Overcomes a Major Problem Facing the Algal Biofuels Industry
July 12, 2010 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(  Process eliminates the energy intensive and costly oil extraction step.
Unitel Technologies, Inc. announced that the company has filed a patent application for a new technology for making biofuels from microalgae. The process involves minimal …

AIM Interview: National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Al Darzins
June 18, 2010 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (Algae Industry Magazine)  … I’ve heard a lot of people say that developing algal biofuels is just an engineering issue, that is, all we have to do is engineer more efficient growth ponds …

Microbes Reprogrammed to Ooze Oil for Renewable Biofuel
June 15, 2010 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  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 …

World’s First Integrated Algae Bio-Refinery Has Just Opened Near Carlsbad
June 9, 2010 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Reid Wright (Currrent-Argus, CEHMM)  It takes hundreds of thousands of years for fossil organisms beneath the earth’s crust to simmer into crude petroleum. It takes a single day to make 1,000 gallons of crude …

AIM Interview: Solazyme’s Harrison Dillon
June 4, 2010 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Seven years ago two former college roommates set up shop in a Palo Alto garage, with the mission of becoming the first company to develop commercial algae-based fuel. They built …

The AIM Interview: Dr. John Benemann
May 7, 2010 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz (  As pioneers go, in the modern business of algae biofuels and co-products, possibly no one has built a longer record of accomplishment than Dr. John Benemann. Involved in algae biofuels and related …

Algae Industry Magazine Interview: National Algae Association’s Barry Cohen
April 23, 2010 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Since forming the National Algae Association over two years ago, Barry has concentrated on creating and establishing strong working relationships with what he calls “algaepreneurs” throughout the U.S.
Starting the …

University of Michigan Pressure-Cooking Algae Into Better Biofuel
April 22, 2010 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Great Lakes Innovation and Technology Report)   Heating and squishing microalgae in a pressure-cooker can fast-forward the crude-oil-making process from millennia to minutes.
University of Michigan professors are working to understand and improve this procedure in an …

Scientists Developing Algae as Renewable Energy Source
April 12, 2010 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Loretta Sorensen (Farm & Ranch Guide)  …“There are numerous benefits to extracting oil from algae,” said Todd Hylden, vice president of marketing and investor relations for Energae LP. “I’m a farm boy from North Dakota …