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The 2018 Algae Biomass Summit: Tracing the Evolution of the Algae Industry and Its New Trajectories Forward

by Jenna Bloxom* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The kickoff of the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit in The Woodlands, TX, was awash with the same professional ambition, intellectual zeal, and indomitable sense

November 17, 2018 Read Full Article

ASU Teams Find New Ways to Harness CO2 to Reduce Biofuel Costs

(Arizona State University/Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy has announced 36 projects that together have been awarded $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. Two Arizona State University

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Utilization Research Can Lead to Big Emissions Reductions

(Algae Biomass Organization)  A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine makes the case for robust, coordinated research and development programs that can accelerate the development of technologies that

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Boosting Crop Yields

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scientists at The Australian National University (ANU) have engineered tiny carbon-capturing engines from blue-green algae into plants, in an innovation that can help boost the yields of important

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Harmful Algal Blooms: Engineering Solutions to a Growing Problem

by Bethany Jensen (Ignite Utah State University)  With the increase of global climate change effects, many local bodies of fresh water are experiencing dangerous toxic algae blooms. These are detrimental to

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Neutrons—Making Sustainable Biofuels

(Oak Ridge National Laboratory)  Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutrons to understand why certain hydrocarbons produced by blue-green algae are important to their biology, so new strains

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Type of Photosynthesis Is Discovered

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Hayley Dunning writes from the Imperial College of London that a new discovery has changed our understanding of the basic mechanism of photosynthesis and should rewrite the

June 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million for Bio-Based Research

(U.S. Department of Energy)  31 Projects Will Help Advance Fundamental Science for Bioenergy  —  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

SDC Developing Techniques to Produce Bio-Crude Oil: Director

by Joey Aguilar (Gulf Times)  The Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University’s College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) is now developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar

April 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Leveraging the Power of Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials.

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Algae Chases Omega-3 Dominance: DSM, Evonik Enderway on $200M Algae Project in Nebraska

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition

February 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Bioreactors for Algae-Based Biofuels Get $900K Grant

by Anne Ju (Cornell Chronicle)  A Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to work toward revolutionizing how biofuels are produced from algae. David

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Industrial Algae Measurements 8.0

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

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Advanced Bioeconomy Horizons: The 5 Top R&D Trends Right Now

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Catalytic reaction rates, microcrystalline cellulose, cyanobacteria working in teams, vertical farming, vegan products & markets. The 5 top disruptive techs we’ve seen in recent weeks are

November 10, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

MADURAI MKU Signs Agreement with US Start-Up

(The Hindu)  Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) on Saturday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Algoma Algal Biotechnology (AABT), a limited liability company (LLC) started through the research work at University

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Michigan State University Scientists Work to Make Biodegradable Plastic from Sunlight

(Fox47News/MSU Today)  Michigan State University scientists are proposing a new way to economically produce biodegradable plastics with sunlight and help from an ancient microorganism. The team, led by Taylor Weiss, a

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Better Together: A Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

by Igor Houwat, Taylor Weiss (Michigan State University) … “But this pair has complementary strengths: the cyanos are constantly producing sugar, and the bacteria are constantly beefing up on it, which

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Psst! The Latest Bioeconomy Flashes from Bayer, Gingko, BioAmber, Joule, TerraVia, Corbion, Phytelligence, DNA Script

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While we’ve been busy fleeing Hurricane Irma, it’s been a busy week for the techies running the Digest’s Very Large Gossip Array —  the airwaves

September 15, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels from Bacteria: Sandia Labs Helps HelioBioSys Understand New Clean Energy Source

by Jules Bernstein  (Sandia National Laboratory)  … A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had

July 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

From Sun to Pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arizona State’s Wim Vermaas gave this illuminating overview of Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Decoupled Cyanobacteria at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Optimizing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Production

(Phys.Org)  Cyanobacteria have attracted significant attention as potential biocatalysts for production of clean energy and green chemicals from sunlight and atmospheric CO2. A recent study investigated effects of altering large

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and

April 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Smart Microalgae at the Danish IP Fair

(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

March 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Harnessing the Biofuel Power of Algae

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

January 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Molecular Velcro Boosts Microalgae’s Potential in Biofuel, Industrial Applications

(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

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects

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

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers

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

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!

(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

November 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide

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

October 24, 2016 Read Full Article

What To Do With Algae

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

October 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae Industry Map Shows ABO Member Activity Across the US and Globe

(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

September 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Know Your Cyanobacteria

(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

September 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Program Awards Vouches to Five Bioenergy Companies

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

August 24, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Fast-Growth Cyanobacteria Gets Thumbs up from Scientists for Biofuels Production

(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

August 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Toxic Algal Blooms of Today Could Become the Biofuels, Fertilizers and Antibiotics of Tomorrow

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

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

The Future of Biofuel Isn’t Corn—It’s Algae

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

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

US Department of Energy Gives up to $15m for Algae-Based Biofuels’ Projects

(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)

July 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Turn and Face the Strange: The New Algae Makes a Bowiesque Pivot into New Markets

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.

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Postdoc’s Biofuels Startup Offers New Source of Clean Renewable Energy

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

June 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Climate Opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

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

June 24, 2016 Read Full Article

ASU Scores Chunk of $10M DOE Funding for Bioenergy R&D

(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

May 17, 2016 Read Full Article

CAB-Comm Final Report Documents Accomplishments from Six Years of Algal Research

(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

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels

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

March 31, 2016 Read Full Article

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide

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

March 23, 2016 Read Full Article

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States

(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

March 18, 2016 Read Full Article

The Extreme 16: Strutting Microbial Terminators Pumping up the Pursuit of Sustainable Molecules

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,

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Strong 2015 Places Joule as a Global Leader in Scalable Ultra-Low Carbon Fuel Technologies

(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

January 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide

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

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis

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

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Cyanobacteria Efficient at “Harvesting” Light

(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.”

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

A Metabolic Pathway in Cyanobacteria Could Yield Better Biofuels and Bioproducts from Photosynthesis

(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

December 14, 2015 Read Full Article

BETO-Funded Projects Win at the 2015 R&D 100 Awards

(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

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

The Business of Algae and the Dream of Algae

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.

October 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Building a Biofuel-Boosting Swiss Army Knife

(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

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop

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

September 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

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

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

BETO Seeks Stakeholder Input on Achieving High Yields from Algal Feedstocks

(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

September 4, 2015 Read Full Article

IITs Start Virtual Centre on Biofuel Technology

(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

September 4, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Schedules Workshop on Considerations for Risk Assessment of Biotechnology Algae

(Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to publish a notice in the August 25,

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who are Joule? Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Turning CO2 Emissions into Plastic with Algae? It May Not Be as Crazy as It Sounds

by Niina Heikkinen (E&E Climate Wire)  … But ethylene’s ubiquity as a building block in plastics and chemicals masks an underlying

August 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethylene Production via Sunlight Opens Door to Future

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Phys.Org)  Here’s the future of ethylene production as Dr. Jianping Yu sees it. “We envision some farms

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Orange is the New Red

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

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Omani Scientists Working to Produce Biofuel from Agricultural Waste

by M Najmuz Zafar (Muscat Daily)  A group of scientists and academics are undertaking a research on producing biofuel from

July 28, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Honors Winners of the 20th Annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards/Innovative Technologies Tackle Climate Change, Water, and Chemical Issues

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers

July 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of

June 17, 2015 Read Full Article

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot

May 30, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Matrix Breaks through on Genetic Methods for Modifying Spirulina: New Platform for Proteins, Pigments

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria.

March 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Cyanobacterium Found in Algae Collection Holds Biotech Promise

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

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Speeding Cyanobacteria Growth “Brightens” Biofuel’s Future

by Mary Beckman (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/R&D Magazine)  Rapidly growing bacteria that live in the ocean and can manufacture their

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Why Bacteria Could Be the Answer to a Future without Oil

by Jeff Errington (The Conversation)  … Historically petroleum has been used to develop the chemicals needed for products such as pesticides, food

January 7, 2015 Read Full Article

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants

December 31, 2014 Read Full Article

Oman Has Good Prospects for Microalgal Biofuel Production

by Santhosh Muthalath (Oman Observer)  The production of liquid fuels from biological material or ‘biomass’ is gaining popularity across the

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

The Strange World of Super-Strong, Super-Light Nanocellulose

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical

October 30, 2014 Read Full Article

SynBioBeta Issues Report on Biofeedstock Company Proterro

(SynBioBeta/BusinessWire) Proterro, the only biofeedstock company that makes sucrose instead of extracting it from crops or deconstructing cellulosic materials, is

October 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Proterro and Bunge To Conduct Pilot Study in Brazil of Proterro’s Sucrose-production Technology

(Proterro/BusinessWire)  Biofeedstock company Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge

September 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Washington State the Center of Climate Change Solutions

by Gleen Farley (KING 5 News) In 2011, Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in the country to fly regular passenger

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Joule’s Quest for Fuels from CO2, Sunlight and Water

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … From Massachusetts, word arrived from Joule this week that the EPA has favorably reviewed the

July 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Asheville Entrepreneur Aims to Harness Cyanobacteria's Photosynthetic Prowess

by Mary-Russell Roberson  (News Observer)  Bruce Dannenberg is a big fan of cyanobacteria – the ancient lineage of organisms you

May 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Proterro Reaches Sugar-Making Milestones

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

April 25, 2014 Read Full Article

UC San Diego Takes Top Two Positions in National Rankings for Biofuel Research

(University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography)  Department of Energy report rates Scripps Institution of Oceanography lab and

March 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Proterro Wins Key Notice of Allowance for its Photobioreactor from USPTO

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

February 24, 2014 Read Full Article

Viji Sitther Wins Maryland Innovation Grant for Biofuel Research and Development

(Morgan State)  Maryland may soon delve into a new way of sustainable biofuel production, thanks to the research of Morgan

December 30, 2013 Read Full Article

USPTO Issues Patent to Biofeedstock Company Proterro for Its Biosynthetic Process To Manufacture Fermentable Sugar

(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,

December 9, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Tricked into Staying up Late to Produce Biomaterials

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  Researchers at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Md. and Waseda University in Tokyo

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Why the New Biofuel Feedstocks Deserve Investment, Incentives

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/National Geographic Magazine)  …Biotechnology companies today are working to develop cyanobacteria, algae, and even municipal

November 1, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Farm-In-A-Balloon Could Silence The Algae Biofuel Boo-Birds

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)  A company called Proterro has come up with a super low-cost way to squeeze sucrose out

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Aquaculture for Bioethanol Production

(The Fish Site)  A team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that microalgae can be used to

September 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Synechocystis 6803 Just Might Be the Do-All Algal Strain

by Tony Fitzpatrick (Washington University/Algae Industry Magazine)    Synechocystis 6803 – a versatile, specialized cyanobacterium – can produce ethanol, hydrogen,

September 9, 2013 Read Full Article

Colorado State University Researchers Explore Creating Biofuels through Photosynthesis

(Colorado State University)  An interdisciplinary team of Colorado State University researchers has received a $2 million National Science Foundation grant

July 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit

July 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Continue to Progress: The U.S. and Europe Are Making Strides to Advance Biofuels Technology.

by Seán Ottewell (Chemical Processing)  Biotechnology efforts in the United States and Europe are on the rise. For instance, Algenol Biofuels, Ft.

May 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Doing it in the Dark: Fuel from Thin Air, and beyond Light

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beyond biomass, beyond fossil fuels, beyond light itself.   And now, the direct production of drop-in

May 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineering Algae to Make the ‘Wonder Material’ Nanocellulose for Biofuels and More

(EurekAlert!/American Chemical Society)  Genes from the family of bacteria that produce vinegar, Kombucha tea and nata de coco have become

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Sandia Scientist Engineers Cyanobacteria for Fuel

by Sue Holmes (Sandia News Media/Algae Industry Magazine)  Sandia National Laboratories Truman Fellow Anne Ruffing has engineered two strains of cyanobacteria

January 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria Make Fuel from Sunlight

(University of California-Davis)  Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

ABO Clarifies Algae Producer Credit in “Fiscal Cliff” Legislation

(Algae Industry Magazine)  According to the Algae Biomass Organization, as part of the bi-partisan “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed by the

January 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Qatar University Reveals Progress of Aviation Biofuels Project

(The Peninsula) …This was the first time the team publicly detailed the progress of the state-backed QR45.5m biofuel project –

November 27, 2012 Read Full Article

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way

October 2, 2012 Read Full Article

Take It to the Limit: Algenol and Rising Yields in Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol hits 7000 gallon per acre mark in field operations. What’s the impact for Algenol,

September 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Building Opportunity: New Tax Credits in Florida Aim to Incent Economic Development and Job Creation Through Biofuel Infrastructure Investments

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  …Specifically, the bill provides a sales tax refund for materials used in the distribution of

July 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production

(PhysOrg) Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a mechanism that controls the way that organisms breathe or photosynthesise,

July 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Steven Chu Discusses ‘All of the Above’ U.S. Energy Strategy

by David Biello (CNET.com/Scientific American)  The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does

March 13, 2012 Read Full Article

I Want a New Bug: Sapphire Licenses Spirulina from Earthrise for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Sapphire Energy announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with Earthrise Nutritionals,

March 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuel Research Boosted by Discovery of How Cyanobacteria Make Energy

(Science Daily)  A generally accepted, 44-year-old assumption about how certain kinds of bacteria make energy and synthesize cell materials has

December 27, 2011 Read Full Article

A Big Bang for Algae: South Dakota State University Researchers Develop an Algae Production System for Use in Space … and on Earth

by Erin Voegele (Biorefining Magazine)  Single cell photosynthetic organisms, such as blue-green algae, could play an important role in the

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

The SuperFriends and Their Planet-Saving Microbial Biofuel Powers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the world at large, they are generally called pests. We call them ‘magic bugs’.

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

$ 2.2 Million Department of Energy Grant to Build a Fuel-Producing Bacterium

by Diana Lutz (Washington University)  Custom-designed organism could break the stalemate in the algal fuel industry …(T)he Department of Energy

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

No-Kill Farming: The Rise of Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Biofuels through Continuous Harvest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does continuous harvest, and direct production from CO2 and water, offer a transformative, no-kill way

November 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Spanish Bank of Algae Inaugurated

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Minister for Science and Innovation of the Spanish Central Government, Cristina Garmendia, along with Paulino Rivero,

September 27, 2011 Read Full Article

A New Nexus: Meat & Dairy, Tissue Culturing, and Biofuels

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

September 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Stress Protection: How Blue-Green Algae Hoard Energy

(Science Daily/Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum)  Under normal conditions, cyanobacteria, also termed blue-green algae, build up energy reserves that allow them to survive under

August 12, 2011 Read Full Article

South Dakota Research Project Could Help Colonize Space

(NewsWise/South Dakota State University)   Humans may move one step closer to colonizing space thanks to a new research project that

July 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Bacteria as Biofuel: It's Coming

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

June 9, 2011 Read Full Article

Green and Lean: Secreting Bacteria Eliminate Cost Barriers for Renewable Biofuel Production

(Physorg.com)  A Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to

May 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Matrix Genetics Pursues the Algae Fuel Dream in the Lab, Not With Big Steel Tanks, Giant Ponds

by Luke Timmerman  (Xconomy Seattle)  …McCormick, one of the featured speakers at next week’s Xconomy event on alternative fuels, has led

May 16, 2011 Read Full Article

Cadillac Sugars, Chevrolet Prices

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new generation of technologists aim high in value, low in cost, as the race

April 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Startup Proterro Engineers Bacteria For Higher Ethanol Producing Sugar Yield

by Mihai Sandru  (UK.IBTimes  Green Economy) Princeton-based startup Proterro has announced the development of a technology that can produce sugar,

April 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Scientists Aim to Improve Photosynthesis to Increase Food and Fuel Production

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

April 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Phytonix Corporation Obtains Global License for a Revolutionary Biofuels Technology to Replace Gasoline

(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

March 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Algae Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …From the low points like the closure of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s

February 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Proterro Produces Low-Cost Fermentable Sugars

By Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …Venture-capital backed Proterro has developed a technology using a microorganism grown in a

November 22, 2010 Read Full Article

Life Cycle Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for an Ethanol Production Process Based on Blue-Green Algae

by Dexin Luo, Zushou Hu, Dong Gu Choi, Valerie M. Thomas, Matthew J. Realff, and Ronald R. Chance (Environmental Science

October 26, 2010 Read Full Article

What’s New and Cool: What Inventors are Inventing in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, here’s a look at some of the more interesting biofuel-related patent applications logged at

August 11, 2010 Read Full Article

What’s “New and Cool” in the World of Algal Fuel Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …On the microcrop, bacterial and algael research front. Lemna… The Archaea… Electricity from Waste via

August 10, 2010 Read Full Article

Benchtop Biofuels: Fine-Tuning Growth Conditions Helps Cyanobacteria Flourish

by Richard Harth (Arizona State University)  Cyanobacteria are among the oldest living forms in nature, responsible for generating the atmospheric

July 8, 2010 Read Full Article

Microbes Reprogrammed to Ooze Oil for Renewable Biofuel

(Physorg.com)  Using genetic sleight of hand, researcher Xinyao Liu and professor Roy Curtiss at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have

April 5, 2010 Read Full Article

Sneak-Peek at “Fuel from Thin Air”: Joule Biotechnologies and Its “Game-Changing Technology”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In the Joule technology, biomass is not used as an intermediate. Via a solar converter

March 16, 2010 Read Full Article

Self-destructing Bacteria Improve Renewable Biofuel Production

by Joe Caspermeyer  (Renewable Energy World)  An Arizona State University research team has developed a process that removes a key

January 11, 2010 Read Full Article

Cyanobacteria: The New Biofuels Platform?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … 2009 has taught us that the excess of emissions in the skies and shortage

December 29, 2009 Read Full Article

Bacteria Engineered to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

by Matthew Chin (Science Daily) In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied

December 11, 2009 Read Full Article

The Rise of Biofuels from Algae

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

August 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Now Sunlight CO2 and Bacteria Equals Ethanol

(New Energy and Fuel) A new bacterium, a cyanobacterium that is energized by sunlight and excretes the sugars glucose and sucrose

April 30, 2008 Read Full Article

The Third Domain: The Untold Story of Archaea and the Future of Biotechnology

(Science News)  Until 1977, the known classes of life included eukaryotes and bacteria. When microbiologist Carl Woese announced the discovery

January 2, 2008 Read Full Article

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