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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 …

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 …

New Process for Microalgal Separation by Shape
September 13, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers from UCLA and the University of Tokyo have demonstrated a new capability to sort microalgae cells by their shape, creating a baseline of uniform cells for a large range of research, …

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, …

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 …

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 …

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects
February 16, 2016 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

(US Environmental Protection Agency/  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to university student teams for proposed projects to develop new, sustainable products and strategies. Each team …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Green Expectations
March 10, 2015 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A Florida algae-to-ethanol operation is poised to go commercial scale with a project colocated with a natural-gas-fired power plant.
By harnessing CO2, sunlight, saltwater and algae, Algenol’s technology takes only 25 …

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 …

DOE Highlights Algae for Targeted Research Grants
October 31, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announcednine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) …

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 …

Microbes Chow Down on Latest Fuel-Cell Tech
June 6, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(MIT News)  Cullen Buie manipulates micro-scale phenomena to optimize energy conversion devices.

Buie’s work on microbial fuel cells is just one effort of many at LEMI, where projects draw upon fields including microfluidics, electrokinetics, electrochemistry, and …

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 …

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. …

Researchers Publish ‘Survival of the Fattest’ Algae Discovery
November 26, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Delft University of  Technology/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Researchers at TU Delft have developed a clever way of finding the fattest and therefore the most suitable examples among all the many species of algae. …
“The ultimate goal of …

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 …

New Frontiers: Now It’s Crude Oil from Algae that Is Being Tested
August 22, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Herman Wang (Platts/The Barrel) It’s hard to get excited over a producer making a scant 2 barrels/day of crude.
But in the case of Sapphire Energy, those barrels represent the beginnings of a potential revolution that …

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 …

Wei Yu raises $1.6 million for biofuel startup based on research from Chih-Ming Ho’s Micro System Laboratories
August 8, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

(UCLA Engineering)  In April 2013, UCLA MAE Ph.D. student Wei Yu raised $1.6M series A venture capital for Lyxia Corporation, a biofuel startup based on research from UCLA MAE Professor Chih-Ming Ho’s Micro System Laboratories. …

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 …

UC San Diego/Scripps Use Unique DAF Process to Harvest Algae
March 27, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim McMahon (Biodiesel Digest)  Since 2008, the San Diego Center for Algal Biotechnology (SD-CAB) has been conducting research into algal applications for biofuel. This has been a joint collaboration between several departments of the …

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 …

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 …

Ennesys Launches “Green Building” Demo in France
November 29, 2012 – 10:57 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  French biotech startup Ennesys will today launch its first demonstrator system for “truly green” buildings – in the Nanterre district of La Defense near Paris. It’s a simple idea: to turn buildings …

Active and Passive: Competing Voices in Biofuels Design
November 28, 2012 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Generally, renewables compete in the short term against fossil fuel prices – but in the long-term, against fossil fuel extraction costs.
Even if a new process produces a renewable at less …

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 …

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 …

Student Makes Fuel From Algae
September 10, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jennifer Marino Walters (Scholastic News)  A Minnesota teen has discovered a way to power trucks and cars with algae
Sixteen-year-old Josh Wolf spends up to 40 hours each week in a portable garage behind his family’s …

Japanese Group Plans to Employ OriginOil’s Algae Harvesting Systems at More Than 100 Sites
September 4, 2012 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(OriginOil)  Algae has the unique potential in Japan to both provide renewable fuels and help eliminate radioactive materials
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough energy production process for the oil and algae industries, announced today that …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Evodos Improves Algae Harvesting System
July 6, 2011 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  Evodos BV, an algae technology developer based in Netherlands, believes the company’s spiral plate centrifuge created for the harvesting of algae will give algae harvesting a positive energy balance.
…The core …

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. …

Pilot Algae Facility in Holland Targets Wastewater Streams
June 1, 2011 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele  (Biodiesel Magazine) A pilot-scale project in Olgergen, Holland, is investigating the use of algae cultivation as a method to remove nutrients from wastewater. The project, under development by Ingrepro Renewables, is housed …

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 …

Algal Harvesting Progress Update from DOE
May 19, 2011 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Joyce Yang, Technology Development Manager for the Department of Energy’s Biomass Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, has revealed recent progress made in algal harvesting technology by the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Algae Industry Magazine Interview: Algenol’s CEO, Paul Woods
March 1, 2011 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by David Schwartz  (Algae Industry Magazine)   “The conclusions from the Aquatic Species Program are not correct,” says Algenol CEO Paul Woods, taking issue with the 1980’s assessment that photobioreactors cannot be a cost effective …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Natural vs. Synthetic Flocculents
October 26, 2010 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Ed Laurent (Water & Oil Technologies, Inc./Algae Industry Magazine)  …In algae production, if synthetic polymers are used to floc the high lipid content algae, and water is recycled back to your algae cultivation area, …

New Oil Reports Breakthrough in Processing Algae for Fuel without Dewatering
October 22, 2010 – 8:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, New Oil Resources announced that it has developed a process that uses hot, pressurized water to treat the biomass in a process commonly referred to as hydrothermal liquifaction or …

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 …

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 …

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 …

From Hype to Reality – Not All Algae Are Created Equally: Solazyme Defies Skeptics on Its Rapid Path toward Commercialization
April 6, 2010 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Joshua Kagan (GreenTechMedia)  Algae biofuels are often considered one of those technologies — like hydrogen fuel cells — that are always “ten years away.”  Well, one company says it might have just cracked the …

Construction Complete on Commercial-Scale Photobioreactor Demo for Algae Production
April 5, 2010 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

National Algae Association is pleased to announce that construction has been completed on a commercial-scale photobioreactor (PBR) demo located at Lone Star College in The Woodlands, Texas. “Thanks to donations of materials, time and effort …

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

(  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 …

Uiversity of Nebraska at Lincoln Team Looks to Tap Algae for Energy
March 25, 2010 – 9:19 am | No Comment

by Kevin Abourzk (Lincoln Journal Star) But algae?  A team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers is working to extract oil from that sticky green stuff that gums up boat motors and fishing lines. Then they’ll study …

OriginOil CEO Presents on Algae Extraction Methods, Algae Oil Production
March 17, 2010 – 8:48 am | No Comment

by Riggs Eckelberry (Origin Oil)  In his presentation at the World Biofuels Markets conference March 2010 in The Netherlands, Eckelberry reviewed current industry approaches to extraction and harvesting in depth. These approaches typically require high …