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2017 — It Was a Seaweed Year for Algae
January 3, 2018 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … In September, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The …

ASC and MSC Release Joint Seaweed Standard
November 30, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) have announced the launch of the ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard. The joint standard marks a first for the two certification programs, bringing …

Techno-Economic Analysis of Biofuel Production from Macroalgae (Seaweed)
November 28, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mohsen Soleymani and Kurt A. Rosentrater (Bioengineering)  A techno-economic evaluation of bioenergy production from macroalgae was carried out in this study. Six different scenarios were examined for the production of different energy products and by-products. …

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway
November 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding.
The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed …

Report from EUBCE 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden
November 9, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Participants from over 70 countries gathered at Stockholm’s Älvsjömässan for the annual European Biomass Conference, EUBCE 2017 in June 12-15. In the field of advanced biofuels two years is …

Marine Biological Lab Developing New Seaweed Harvest Methods
November 2, 2017 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

(  The Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods hole has received a grant to develop innovative cultivation and harvesting technologies for year round production of seaweeds in tropical and subtropical U.S. Waters.
The award is one of 18 …

U.S. Department of Energy Awards University of New England $1,321,039 to Develop New Technologies for Seaweed Production
October 18, 2017 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(University of New England)  The United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the University of New England was awarded a three-year, nationally competitive research grant for $1,321,039 from DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). …

Hirono Secures Federal Funding for Clean Energy Research and Development in Hawaii
October 17, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI))  Senator Mazie K. Hirono today announced that two Hawaii businesses will receive $1.5 million in U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding to develop offshore seaweed as a potential clean energy …

Giant Bacteria Make Algae Easy to Stomach
October 13, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/King Abdullah University of Science & Technology)  Red Sea surgeonfish use metabolically diverse giant bacteria to digest different types of algae, according to new research. Not only do these findings explain the basis of surgeonfish diversity, …

Fueling the Future: WHOI Awarded $5.7M to Advance Seaweed Energy Production
October 9, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)  In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) are working to help make …

Yelp! 18 Kelp Wheps Get $22M in ARPA-E Help
September 21, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yes, ARPA-E has unveiled its latest moonshot and is investing $22M in Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources — also known as MARINER.
The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s Macroalgae Research Inspiring …

Startup Is Developing Kelp Farms in the Open Ocean to Make Carbon-Neutral Biofuel
September 13, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Lacy Cooke (Inhabitat)  Marine BioEnergy’s new kelp elevator grows seaweed on a long tube, and if tests go well, they hope to start farming in the open ocean between Hawaii and California. They’re working with the Pacific …

Study Shows Seaweed Succumbs to Viruses
August 11, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/University of Plymouth)   Scientists are warning the UK kelp biofuel industry to beware of viruses. Whilst known to infect certain types of seaweed, a new study published in the ISME Journal is the first to describe …

What Lies beneath: The Ship that Could Revolutionise Seaweed Cultivation
June 27, 2017 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Julian Turner (Ship Technology) Researchers and industry in Norway are designing the world’s largest seaweed cultivation vessel to meet growing demand for the multi-functional algae.  —  Most commonly associated in the West with seaside holidays …

First Kelp Crop Harvested in Cornell Pilot Program
June 15, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Nicole Smith (Riverhead News-Review)  Early Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski climbed aboard a barge and headed into the Peconic Bay. Their mission: to harvest sugar kelp, …

Kelp Farming Project Could Come to Catalina Island
May 5, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Parimal M. Rohit (The Log)  USC’s Wrigley Institute and Marine BioEnergy propose an experimental project to produce a biofuel alternative.  —  Plans to build an experimental kelp cultivation system just off the shore of Catalina …

Trial of Seaweed Farm under way near Oban
April 26, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Kevin Keane (BBC Scotland) Trials have begun near Oban to create one of the UK’s first seaweed farms.
Harvesting of wild seaweed has been taking place for centuries but researchers say there is huge potential to …

Novel Technology to Be Used in Search for Disease-Free Seaweed
April 21, 2017 – 9:26 am | No Comment

(The Fish Site)  A hi-tech piece of lab equipment that could be used for the first time to help breed disease-resistant algae for the seaweed-growing industry has been delivered to the Scottish Association for Marine …

Seaweed Cultivation Could Provide a Promising Source of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels, Finds Norwegian Report
April 7, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Seaweed could become a promising source of biofuels for aviation if sustainably produced and economic and policy challenges can be overcome, says a report by Norwegian NGO Bellona. Seaweeds, or macroalgae, generally contain …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 24, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) When it comes to cutting emissions from transport, shipping and aviation are often considered the elephant in the room: having been excluded from the Paris agreement and being inadequately addressed under existing …

Opportunities and Risks of Seaweed Biofuels in Aviation
March 7, 2017 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Marika Andersen (Bellona)  Today, Bellona publishes its new report on the potential and challenges of using seaweed biofuels in aviation. The report provides comprehensive recommendations for researchers, public authorities and consumers. By mapping existing …

Aviation Firms Turn to Seaweed, Sugar
February 14, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(AFP/China Post)  The air transportation sector is turning slowly toward sustainable fuels as part of the global fight against climate change. But adoption has been delayed due to a lack of incentives and low oil prices.

Even …

Student Succeeds in Bioethanol Production Using Dead Seaweed
November 17, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Lina Jang (The Korea Bizwire)  Pukyong National University announced Wednesday that graduate student Seonwoo In-young (26), recently succeeded in producing bioethanol using dead seaweed that washed ashore after a tropical storm.
Seaweed plays an essential …

ARPA-E Funding More Innovation in Algae Based Fuels and Chemicals
September 30, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Innovations for producing algae based fuels and chemicals will get another boost now that the  Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is moving forward with a significant new funding opportunity.
ARPA-E’s Teaming List Announcement, …

The Significance of Seaweed
September 19, 2016 – 7:51 pm | No Comment

(R&D Magazine)  Our understanding of the global carbon cycle has been reshaped by KAUST researchers who have helped to reveal a major role for the abundance of seaweed growing around the world’s coasts.
Some years ago, …

Seaweed Farms Could Become Important Source for Biofuels Production in UK, Report Suggests
September 6, 2016 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Large-scale seaweed farms could become an important source for biofuels production in the UK, a new report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggest.
The government department …

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

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

Seaweed Gains Ground as a Pillar of Food Security in South America
July 5, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Orlando Milesi (Inter Press Service)  Seaweed, a nutrient-rich foodstuff that was a regular part of the diet of several South American indigenous peoples, is emerging as a new pillar of food security in Latin America …

Sub-$2/Gallon Biobased Hydrocarbon Fuels Head for Diesel-Hungry India
May 25, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  India’s SunLight Fuels licenses IH2 Technology for hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural waste  —  In India, Sunlight Fuels has signed a Front End Loading license agreement for IH2 Technology with …

Bellona Europe Calls on European Commission to Promote Marine Bioenergy
May 17, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  Bellona Europe, a non-profit green organisation, has called on the European Commission to promote marine bioenergy for heat and power and biofuels.
The group made the call in its response to …

Seaweed Farm Examines Biofuel Potential
May 16, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jules Scully (Western Telegraph)  The potential of using algae as biofuel is being examined on the Haven waterway.
Marine biologists from Swansea University have installed a new seaweed farm in Pembroke Dock to look into the …

What Price Feedstock?
May 4, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for advanced feedstocks — based on reaching that 200 million ton scale.
Let’s look at the responses, …

China Team Identifies New Thermophilic Bacterium for Direct Production of Ethanol from Brown Algae
April 4, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(GreenCarCongress)  Researchers from the Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified and characterized the first thermophilic bacterium capable (Defluviitalea phaphyphila) of direct …

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

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

MSC and ASC Collaborate to Set Global Standard for Seaweed
March 3, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Marine Stewardship Council) The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are working together to create a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The collaboration offers the unique opportunity to build on …

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae
February 8, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(  Is the Future of Biotech…Green? The Algae Industry ranges from Biofuels to Nutrition to Fashion and Microalgae hold lots of potential for the industry to expand. But why? And do Venture Capitalists agree?
Microalgae have already …

Algae Foundation Collaborates with SFCC on DOE Grant
January 26, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  he Algae Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about algae, its biology, ecology, cultivation and commercial potential, has been awarded a three-year grant from the Department of Energy to …

Bioenergy Projects Receive DOE ARPA-E Grants
December 4, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced that the U.S. DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy has awarded $125 million to 41 energy technology projects, four of which involve bioenergy or …

Panning for Green Gold: Developing the Algal Bioeconomy–VIDEO
December 3, 2015 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

(Enalgae)  EnAlgae has been about finding sustainable pathways for algal biomass. Initially the focus was all about energy, specifically as a biofuel. But our journey over the past four years shows that there’s likely to …

Three New Technologies to Make Energy Cleaner, More Efficient
December 3, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Frances White (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  Three technologies — a computational tool to improve power grid planning, a process to create biofuel from kelp and a hybrid device that makes hydrogen and stores energy …

3D Ocean Farm Creator Wins 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge
October 23, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Karissa Rosenfield (Arch Daily)  The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) has announced GreenWave as the winner of its 2015 Fuller Challenge – “Socially-Responsible Design’s Highest Award.” The non-profit is responsible for designing the world’s first multi-species 3D ocean farms with the …

Final EnAlgae Report Card Published ahead of Close out
September 22, 2015 – 9:33 am | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  The final report card for the EnAlgae project has been published and is now available online.  Focusing on products and impact, the report summarises the work undertaken during the lifetime of the project and …

Seaweed Farming: An Alternative Livelihood for Coastal Communities
September 10, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Dr Gloria Naa Dzama Addico & Mr Kweku Amoako Atta deGraft-Johnson (Graphic Online)  When one economic activity is on the decline, there is always the natural urge to look for alternatives. That is the situation …

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.” …

EnAlgae Research Points to Seaweed as Sustainable Feedstock of the Future
August 21, 2015 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE).
This is the conclusion of a …

Seaweed Farm to Begin Production off Argyll Coast
August 3, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Ilona Amos (The Scotsman)  PLANS have been unveiled that will see mainland Britain’s first commercial-scale seaweed farm set up in Scottish waters later this summer.  The new facility will be run as a demonstration …

Israeli Scientists Explore Algae as Biofuel Producer
August 3, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Itai van Rijn (Y Net News)  New research shows that growing and producing bioethanol from algae of the species sea lettuce has potential but is not currently viable economically.

New research at Tel Aviv University, …

Seaweed as a Sustainable Feedstock of the Future
July 16, 2015 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Studies conducted by EnAlgae partners in Ireland, France and Belgium point the way to seaweed being a viable and sustainable feedstock for the future in North West Europe (NWE). This is the …

EnAlgae Publishes Economic Model for Offshore Cultivation of Macroalage
June 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  EnAlgae researchers have published an economic model to help to explore the economics of cultivating macroalgae at sea.  The model and report can be found here  as outputs WP2A7.06 and WP2A7.11. Both documents together …

European Biomass Conference and Exhibition 2015: Biomass: Challenges and Promises
June 29, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE) held in Vienna 1-4 June was a massive event with nearly 1300 participants from 76 countries and some 800 presentations. The …

Value-Addition in Production of Ethanol from Macro Algae
March 30, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by K. S. Rajgopal (The Hindu)  As the quest for alternate sources of energy in the face of global warming due to fossil-fuel usage gains momentum, the focus has turned to macro algae (sea weeds) as …

Beneficial Algal Species Discovered
February 8, 2015 – 6:13 pm | No Comment

by K. S. Rajgopal (The Hindu)  Two new bloom-forming algal species were discovered recently off the west coast of India. These two species have excellent carbon capture properties — ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the …

Fancy Writing on Paper Made from Seaweed?
December 22, 2014 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Allan Koay (The Star Online)  The Algae Research Lab in Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, smells like the sea. …  Prof Dr Phang Siew Moi, director of the university’s Institute Of Ocean And Earth Sciences, …

Can Algae Be the Next Biofuel?
November 20, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by William Tucker (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  The lure of the oceans has always had a special appeal for advocates of biofuel. The vast reaches of the deep speak of a promise that unlimited amounts of space …

Turning Humble Seaweed to Biofuel
October 29, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Bazilchuk (Norwegian University of Science and Technology/REnewable Energy World)   A Norwegian research group has been able to achieve bio-oil yields of 79 percent from a common kelp, much higher than other attempts. The secret …

Food, Fuel and More Will Be Produced in Sea Farms of Future
October 20, 2014 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(  Meet the farm of the future, where common seaweed is being upgraded from an environmental problem to a valuable natural resource and raw material.

“The fact is that algae can absorb nitrogen from the water …

Seaweed Shortage Sets Back Dunbar Biofuel Plans
October 16, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(East Lothian Courier)  A Study involving seaweed washed up at Dunbar has been delayed – due to a lack of seaweed! Earlier this year, it was announced a project could be created to use the …

EnAlgae Scientific Papers Are Now Available Online
August 12, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

(EnAlgae)  Anyone wishing to find out more about the results of the EU project EnAlgae can now find all the latest scientific papers relating to the project available online.
EnAlgae, which is a four-year Strategic Initiative …

International Seagriculture Symposium September 24-25, 2014 Terneuzen, The Netherlands
July 11, 2014 – 2:59 pm | No Comment
International Seagriculture Symposium    September 24-25, 2014   Terneuzen, The Netherlands

At this interactive edition of Seagriculture, professionals from the international seaweed industry give you a clear insight into the potential, technological developments, the economic outlook and the international developments in the field of seaweed.
Seaweed Information Market
An excellent platform where …

MSC Developing Sustainable Seaweed Standard
June 2, 2014 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The London, England-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is expanding its sustainability standard beyond wild-capture fish and invertebrate fisheries for the first time to include various groups of wild macroalgae. With global seaweed …

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?
March 4, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (  Brown kelp macroalgae — the strange, foul-smelling seaweed so often found washed up on the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic sand beaches — could ultimately offer an almost unlimited global supply of commercial-quality ethanol …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.
As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

Brown Algae Being Engineered for Food and Bio-Ethanol
December 3, 2013 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  European Biotechnology News reports that researchers, together with Norwegian and Chilean bioethanol producers, have developed advanced techniques to produce food and bio-ethanol from brown algae, which does not require arable land, fresh …

Bio Architecture Lab, EcoShift Make Waves with Seaweed-Based Biofuels
November 21, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Dustin Mulvaney (EcoShift Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … EcoShift Consulting ( recently conducted a GHG intensity analysis of a seaweed-based ethanol product that performs significantly better than gasoline as well as ethanol made from other feedstocks. The …

Danish Conference Considers Macroalgae Economy
November 1, 2013 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  More than 80 experts, industry representatives and entrepreneurs gathered in Grenaa, Denmark, recently to share knowledge and inspiration at the third Danish Macroalgae Conference, hosted by the Nordic Algae Network, a project …

Producing Biofuel from Seaweed Biorefinery: Conference Report from Seagriculture, Exploring the Seaweed Chain
October 11, 2013 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Stefaniya Becking* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The second international conference on Seagriculture (exploring the seaweed chain) took place in Den Helder / Texel, the Netherlands, on September 25-26, 2013. The conference attracted about 130 people from …

Product May Clean up Mine Tailings
September 18, 2013 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Julie Hare (The Australian)  Researchers from James Cook University are close to producing a low-cost biofuel extracted from seaweed that will be powerful enough to fly jet aircraft.
That same seaweed may also have helped to …

Thailand Plans to Raise Biodiesel Output Target to 7.3 mil liters/d by 2021: source
August 14, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Esther Ng (Platts)  Thailand is planning to revise upwards its biodiesel production target to 7.3 million liters/d by 2021, compared with an earlier target of 5.9 million liters/d, under its Alternative Energy Development Plan …

Seaweed Viable for Biofuels in B.C., Says UVic Scientist
July 10, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Edward Hill (  Seaweed – it’s great for sushi, and perhaps even better for biofuels.
A study by a University of Victoria mechanical engineering student has shown that large-scale seaweed farms could make environmental sense …

Seaweed Biomass Cultivation Trials Concluding for At-Sea Project
July 9, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The three-year European biofuel and biomaterial project, At-Sea, will conclude its first trials of seaweed cultivation off the coasts of Norway, Scotland and Ireland the end of the week of …

Seaweed Biofuels: A Green Alternative that Might Just Save the Planet
July 2, 2013 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Producing biofuels in the sea removes at a stroke many of the serious problems with conventional biofuels
“It’s best to get it out of the water now or it’ll start getting grazed …

Go Wet, Young Friend
April 5, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …One of the perplexities of our time: why solar systems are so photon-efficient and so troubled in energy storage; conversely, how biomass systems are so photon-inefficient yet have magnificently dense …

Seaweed-Based Ethanol Technology Gets Boost in Vietnam
January 15, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio-Refinery Begins Operations Turning Co-Cropping into Fuels, Chemicals
Deep in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam a small bio-refinery is converting seaweed into protein, fuel-blendable alcohol, and a bacterial soil product. …

Asia Special Biofuels Report
December 26, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil & gas production, rising energy demand and supportive government policy come together — and that is Asia.
We’re …

Bio Architecture Lab, Xunshan Group to Co-Develop 
Integrated Biorefinery
October 31, 2012 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  Partnership aims for fuels, chemicals & co-products from brown seaweed
In California, Bio Architecture Lab announced an agreement with China’s Xunshan Group, the world’s largest grower of brown seaweed and a …

Ocean Renewable Energy: The Next Frontier?
September 21, 2012 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Christopher D. Barry and Paul Kamen of the Ocean Renewable Energy Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers have scribed a fascinating, 26-page “Overview of Ocean Renewable Energy,” which includes …

Aquadudes: 15 Saltwater-Based Energy Technologies Here to Save the Day
September 11, 2012 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Take the conflict over drilling for oil on federal lands in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If you drilled the provable oil reserve in the entire federal ANWR and …

International Seagriculture – Sea (Weed) Farming Commodities Conference September 18-19, 2012 Zeeland, The Netherlands
August 20, 2012 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
International Seagriculture – Sea (Weed) Farming Commodities Conference  September 18-19, 2012   Zeeland, The Netherlands

DLG BENELUX, ECN & Wageningen UR are happy to announce the 1st edition of Seagriculture; Sea(weed) Farming Commodities, an international conference that will take place in Zeeland, The Netherlands from 18-19 September this year.
At this international …

Hey Kids! Grab Your Scissors and Glue! Fun, Transformative Things to Do with Bacteria!
July 5, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Of all the microbes we know – and, basically, the human body is a boutique hotel for hosting them, with researchers now estimating that for every human cell in a …

Tobacco, Alcohol And … Seaweed? Three Innovative Methods For Producing Biofuels
June 14, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Max Frankel (ThinkProgress)   …But in the world of science, researchers around the world are working on some very innovative ways to produce gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from more sustainable feedstocks.
Here’s a look …

UK Report Gives Guidance for Developing Algal Industry
June 6, 2012 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  new “Strategy Research Agenda” report from the UK-based Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) highlights the benefits of cultivating and using both macro and microalgae in a wide range of products. It …

To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and Max Out Yields
March 22, 2012 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield unlocks value, and especially feedstock yield. What’s the latest? What feedstocks are reporting yields that could support 1000+ gallons per acre for terrestrial crops?
…Yield from the acre, yield from …

Ecofys Launches Test Module for Seaweed Cultivation in Offshore Wind Farms
March 9, 2012 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Ecofys)  Ecofys started a trial with the combination of seaweed cultivation and offshore wind energy. Thursday, 01 March, the cultivation module left the NIOZ harbour on the Dutch island of Texel for a disused sand …

Is Seaweed the Future of Biofuel?
March 6, 2012 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(American Friends Tel Aviv University)  …While biomasses grown on land have the potential to inflict damage on the environment, the researchers believe that producing biofuel from seaweed-based sources could even solve problems that already exist …

China-Made Biofuel To Meet 1/3 Of Jet Fuel Needs By 2020 -Official: Sinopec
March 1, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Dow Jones Newswires/Fox Business)  China’s aviation regulator has begun deliberating China Petroleum & Chemical Corp.’s (SNP) application to produce aviation biofuel commercially, the refiner said Wednesday, while a senior aviation official said the country hopes that nearly …

National University of Ireland Galway Partners in EnAlgae project
February 22, 2012 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  National University of Ireland Galway recently announced that researchers within its Ryan Institute are participating in a €14 million ($18.5 million) European algae initiative. The program, known as the Energetic …

From Seaweed to Biofuels
January 31, 2012 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Novozymes)  A new research collaboration between Novozymes and Sea6 Energy will explore enzymatic technology to produce fuel ethanol, fine chemicals, and protein from seaweed.
Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation, announced an exploratory research agreement with …

Biofuel from beneath the Waves
January 20, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Zoe Cormier (Nature)  Engineered bacterium can produce ethanol directly from seaweed.
Bioengineers have devised a way to produce ethanol from seaweed, laying the groundwork for a biofuel that doesn’t sacrifice food crops.
Yasuo Yoshikuni and his …

The 7 Paths of the New Agriculture
January 6, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But the New Agriculture has arisen in recent years, with new solutions to the old dilemma: how do you produce, and afford, and haul, and utilize enough feedstock to make …

University of Georgia, University of Puerto Rico, to Launch Algal Fuels R&D Center
December 28, 2011 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, the University of Georgia has teamed with the University of Puerto Rico to develop a new R&D center that will focus on algae-based biofuels thanks to a $4 million grant …

Algae Biofuel Pilot Plant Construction Starts
December 23, 2011 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Analia Murias (FIS Worldnews)  The Biotechnology Consortium (Bal Biofuels) began the construction of the Experimental Centre of Algae (CEA) in Puerto Montt Campus of the University of Los Lagos. The plant is expected to be …

UK Researchers to Assess Algae’s Environmental Impacts in Europe
October 4, 2011 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Biorefining Magazine)  The U.K.’s National Non-Food Crops Centre has been chosen to investigate the environmental impacts of algae-based bioenergy. “This study will help provide the evidence needed for a U.K. strategy for algae, …

Algae Farming Boosted for Biofuel Production
September 29, 2011 – 7:49 am | No Comment

(  BAL Chile SA is dedicated to farming algae on the island of Chiloé, and in a second stage, plans to produce biofuels for industrial use.
This was announced by Benjamin González, the company manager of …

Powered by Seaweed: Polymer from Algae May Improve Battery Performance
September 16, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment

(Clemson)  By looking to Mother Nature for solutions, researchers have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also eliminate the use of toxic compounds …

European Partnership to Unlock the Potential of Algal Bioenergy
September 7, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Dr Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  A major new €14 million (£12.3 million) initiative – bringing together experts from across North West Europe to develop the potential of algae as a source of …

Discovery Turns Seaweed Into Biofuel in Half the Time
August 31, 2011 – 6:56 am | No Comment

(University of Illinois/Science Daily) University of Illinois scientists have engineered a new strain of yeast that converts seaweed into biofuel in half the time it took just months ago.
…”The key is the strain’s ability to …

Economía/Motor.- Managed to Make Biodiesel from Seaweed Farming
August 24, 2011 – 7:45 am | No Comment

(  Scientists at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), associated with the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) have managed to make biodiesel from the cultivation of three species of marine algae.
…Additionally, the three …

Startup Is Using Seaweed To Drive India’s Biofuel Thrust
August 9, 2011 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Hari Pulakkat    (Hispanic Business/The Economic Times India )   …Macroalgae is a technical term for seaweed. It seemed an extremely attractive proposition as an oil source even at first look. Seaweed grows in the …

Biofuels from the Sea: Seaweed May Prove a Viable Future Biofuel, Especially If Harvested in Summer
July 5, 2011 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Seaweed may prove a viable future biofuel — especially if harvested in summer. The use of kelp (Laminaria digitata) could provide an important alternative to terrestrial grown biofuels; however the suitability of its …

Ethanol from Seaweed Project to Get a Major Boost
May 31, 2011 – 11:58 am | No Comment

(Jagran Post)  The project of deriving ethanol, a bio-fuel for blending with petrol, from a seaweed is all set to get a major boost, with the Central Salt and Marine Chemical Research Institute (CSMCRI) deciding …

Korea Leads Marine Biofuel Industry
May 18, 2011 – 8:19 am | No Comment

(Arirang News)  Marine plants are being cultivated in waters off the southwestern coast of Korea.
This is seaweed named gracilaria, which was used generations ago to treat fevers.
However, nowadays, this plant is primarily used as a …

A&M Developing BioFuel from Island Plants
May 17, 2011 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Lindsay Curtis (KZTV10)  … The algae is harvested at the plant and spun down into a concentrated gel. Dr. Tzachi Samocha, Director of Research says, “The micro-algae concentrated in this bag that basically will provide …

Top 11 Algae Biofuel and Biochemical Trends From 2011-2020
March 30, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

by Will Thurmond (Renewable Energy World/Emerging Markets Online)  The following article is an excerpt from a technology, investment, and market study titled Algae 2020, Vol 2 (2011 update) from market research firm Emerging Markets Online. …

Who’s the Boss? The Salt-Water, Fresh-Water Divide in Agricultural Research
March 8, 2011 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Reporter Bob Brooks followed up on the Digest’s story on phosphorus reserves with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, asking about opportunities with and research in aqua farming and salt-water tolerant …

Fishers Want Bioethanol Farms Dismantled
February 22, 2011 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Gerry Albert Corpuz and John Llyod Hoffman  (All Voices)  The militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday urged Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto to dismantle the 23 bioethanol farms …

Seaweed Study Boosts Prospects for Marine Biofuels
February 9, 2011 – 6:34 am | No Comment

(  Seaweed biofuel farms have come a step closer to reality with an improvement in the way seaweed sugars can be converted to ethanol. Dried seaweed can be fermented to produce ethanol but breaking down …

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 …

Scandinavia Goes Viking in Advanced Biofuels
January 17, 2011 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the Old Norse, the term “viking” meant to “undertake an expedition” and it later came to characterize the raiders, settlers and traders that epitomized an era of Scandinavian …

Seaweed: The New Trend in Water Purification
January 4, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(   Charles Yarish is, by his own definition, a seaweed enthusiast. Over his 35-year career, the Stamford professor of ecology and evolutionary biology has followed his marine algae instincts around the world, studying seaweeds’ relationships, their …

Sea Water as a Social Resource: Significance of Vedaranyam Salt March
December 31, 2010 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by M.S. Swaminathan(The Hindu)  …  On December 26, 2010, which marks the sixth anniversary of the tsunami which caused severe damage in Tamil Nadu and other States, a Salt Satyagraha Memorial Programme is being launched …

Seaweed as Biofuel? Metabolic Engineering Makes It a Viable Option
December 17, 2010 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(   Is red seaweed a viable future biofuel? Now that a University of Illinois metabolic engineer has developed a strain of yeast that can make short work of fermenting galactose, the answer is an unequivocal …

New USDA Loan Guarantees, $50 Biofuels, Asia, Syngas among New Biofuels Trends, Gossip at Pacific Rim Summit
December 13, 2010 – 8:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Honolulu, much of the leadership of the advanced biofuels and renewables chemicals industries have gathered this week at BIO’s Pacific Rim Summit.  …(W)hat are the key trends? Here are …

Fishing Company Begins Cultivating Algae for Biofuel
October 18, 2010 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Analia Murias  (FIS Worldnews)   Pesquera San José plans to produce biofuels from brown algae (Macrocystis pyrifera), better known as huiro.
With this objective in mind, the company is now co-developing the InnovaChile project BAL Biofuels, a consortium …

Seaweed: A New Wave of Investment in Macro-Algae
October 4, 2010 – 6:58 am | No Comment

by Will Thurmond (Biofuels Digest/Emerging Markets Online)  Macro-algae attracts greater investment for sugar-based Advanced Biofuels, Drop-In Fuels and Chemicals
An emerging rise in investment in from petrochemical majors and governments in Asia, Europe and the Americas …

EUR 6.1 mln Project to Farm Algae for Biofuels
September 30, 2010 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(FIS)  Scientists are proposing the creation of methane gas from algae grown in great offshore farms to power adapted vehicles. A new GBP 5 million (EUR 6.1 million) UK and Irish joint project called BioMara disclosed …

Statoil Invests In Ethanol-From-Seaweed Venture In California
September 16, 2010 – 5:40 am | No Comment

by Angel Gonzalez  (Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal)  Norwegian oil major Statoil ASA (STO) has agreed to invest in a San Francisco Bay Area start-up to develop ethanol from seaweed, and to potentially commercialize the fuel in Norway …

Ethanol Generated from Seaweed
August 17, 2010 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(The Japan Times)   Scientists from Tohoku University and Tohoku Electric Power Co. have developed a technology to efficiently generate ethanol from seaweed such as sea tangle and sea grape, group members said Saturday. 
The technology uses natural …

With a Little Kelp from my Friends
June 24, 2010 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Like other sectors in advanced biofuels, macroalgae is a world of pilot projects and proposals – commercial scale projects are several years away, even if funding were to appear almost …

Toyota R&D Unit, Hitachi Join Algae-Biofuel Study
June 21, 2010 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Shigeru Sato  (Bloomberg Business Week)  Toyota Motor Corp.’s research and development unit, Hitachi Ltd. and more than 40 other Japanese companies and institutions have joined a national study into algae’s potential for producing biofuel …

Soon, Green Fuel for Indian Cars?
June 17, 2010 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Times of India)  In a major eco-friendly step towards renewable energy generation in India, seaweed sourced ethanol (ethyl alcohol), a biofuel additive in transport fuel, has been used to run a car for the first …

Seaweed Biofuel – How It Can Be Done
June 9, 2010 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(YouTube)  Seaweed biofuel could be the largest renewable energy source of the the 21st century. This video by Mr. Kaare Bækgaard, Designer,  demonstrates how.  WATCH VIDEO

Opinion: “BP…We Should Cut to the Chase…Biofuels, Please.”
June 8, 2010 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biofuels Digest Asia)  …We’ve had enough of “tough oil” and the damage caused by leaks, spills and explosions as you risk your lives and ours for the a resource that’s already on …

19 Transformative Algae Technologies
June 4, 2010 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In today’s profile, we look at the world of transformative algae technologies with a focus on this years’ #1 Hottest Company in Bioenergy, Solazyme, and 18 other ventures who have scored …

Seaweed: Asia’s Magic Bioenergy Feedstock
June 2, 2010 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Dent (Biofuels Digest) …Two years ago, the Korean Institute for Industrial Technology developed a process of extracting ethanol from seaweed, which proves to be more cost-efficient and advantageous than other sources of biofuel, writes …

“May You Live in Interesting Times”: Biofuels Digest Asia Debuts Amidst China, Jatropha Surge, Gulf Woes
June 2, 2010 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest)  …Closely watched in Asia, the ongoing crisis is likely to be viewed in retrospect as an energy tipping point, emblematic of the case for biofuels and the decline of the world oil and …

Seaweed-Based Biofuel Farm to Rise in Aurora
May 12, 2010 – 9:09 am | No Comment

by Manny Galvez  (The Philippean Star)  The government plans to develop a $5-million (P220-million) ethanol farm at a 100-hectare site in the province using the Korean technology of extracting ethanol from seaweed.
Sen. Edgardo Angara told The …

Salt Water: The Tangy Taste of Energy Freedom
April 9, 2010 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scott Carpenter once noted that we know more about the heavens than the sea — but for biofuels, there is every urgent reason to look carefully to salt-friendly projects that …

New Seaweed Cultivation Structure May Open up Ocean Floors for Energy Production
April 9, 2010 – 9:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)    In Norway, Seaweed Energy Solutions has patented the first ever modern structure to enable mass seaweed cultivation on an industrial scale in the world¹s oceans. The structure, known as the …

Future Algae Bio-Fuel Production Confirmed in Southern Chile
November 30, 2009 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(MercoPress)  United States corporation Bio Architecture Lab (BAL) has founded a subsidiary, BAL Chile, through which the company has already begun cultivating 100 hectares of seaweed on the island of Chiloé, with the aim of …

DuPont’s ‘Unique’ Seaweed Venture Nets DOE Cash
November 30, 2009 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Dina Fine Maron (New York Times Greenwire)  Seaweed holds promise as more than an ingredient in a purifying face mask or a maki roll.  So say researchers at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & …

U.K. Algae Biofuel Co. BioMara Launches
April 30, 2009 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

Researchers funded by a consortium of European governments and institutions to investigate algae strains most optimal for remote rural biofuel production.   BioMara, a Scottish-Irish research project, has secured €6 million ($8.1m) to produce biofuel from …