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NREL scientists revive algae from frozen, dormant state
Biodiesel Magazine
Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again—and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide biofuel for a clean energy future. At the Energy Department's National ...


Algae Biomass Organization announces new board leaders
Biodiesel Magazine
The Algae Biomass Organization announced that Tim Burns and Martin Sabarsky will be leading the organization's board for the 2014-'16 term. Burns, co-founder and board member of BioProcess Algae LLC, has been appointed chair and Sabarsky, CEO of ...


Is Algae the New Fuel of the Future?
The Oredigger Newspaper
Algae is becoming a promising renewable biofuel, which is a substance/organic molecules that can be converted to oil. Scientists have used various mechanical and chemical methods to extract oil from it and convert it to fuel that is actually viable ...


Alternative fuels: How about an algae update?
Fleet Equipment Magazine
Unfortunately, my dreams for algae-based fuels are being slowly shattered. Algae are grown commercially with great success by several different methods, but production of biofuels from algae has proven costly and problematic. Algae ethanol currently ...


Obama may put brakes on alternative fuels
The Columbian
Investors are bankrolling plans to manufacture biofuels from energy-efficient crops and agricultural waste such as corn husks, algae and even forest brush. But manufacturing facilities have been slow to get up and running. There is little of the ...

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Feds put brakes on green energy edict of renewable fuel standard
Tribune-Review
Investors are bankrolling plans to manufacture biofuels from energy-efficient crops and agricultural waste such as corn husks, algae and even forest brush. But manufacturing facilities have been slow to get up and running. There is little of the ...

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Algae production – agribusiness of the near future
BusinessDay
Alga oil is used to produce biodiesel. But the process has been very costly. However in recent times, scientists believe they can produce bio-fuel from algae that is cheap enough to compete with crude oil. Recently at a forum tagged Agribusiness and ...


Biodiesel Magazine

Former ABO executive director Mary Rosenthal dies
Biodiesel Magazine
She is also credited with achieving various policy successes, including getting algae biofuels to qualify for the $1.01 tax credit. Under Rosenthal's leadership, the ABO grew to more than 200 members. She was considered the voice of the algae industry ...

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Where are we with algae biofuels?
Biobased Digest
If you have been looking for a good survey of algae's progress towards markets like astaxanthin or omega-3 fatty acids, this isn't going to be one of them. Here, we look at the prospects for algae biofuels — the roadblocks and the potential pathways ...


Biobased Digest

Where are we with algae biofuels? PART II
Biobased Digest
The CLAW opportunity. While the NAABB consortium brough down the modeled cost of algae biocrude oil at scale to $7.50 per gallon, the Department of Energy has a target of $3 per gallons of “gasoline-equivalent fuel” for advanced algal biofuels by 2030.

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Algae biodiesel companies leading the industry:

  • Aquaflow A New Zealand company that expects to be the first company in the world to economically produce biofuel from wild algae harvested from open-air environments, to market it, and meet the challenge of increasing demand.
  • GreenFuel Technology Corp. Cambridge, Mass. company working with power plants to build algae producing photobioreactors. Tests show its system captured about 80% of the CO2 emitted during the day when sunlight is available.
  • HR Biopetroleum The Hawaii based company intends to be a designer-builder of algae biofuels plants and to produce and market renewable fuel feedstock and animal nutritional supplemental protein. Partnering with Royal Dutch Shell in a joint venture called Cellana, they plan to initially build a small research plant but hope to move to a full-scale commercial plant of 20,000 hectares.
  • LiveFuels The Menlo Park, CA research company describes itself as a min-manhattan project with a national alliance of labs and scientists dedicated to transforming algae into biocrude by the year 2010. Their strategy involves developing algae that will thrive in open ponds.
  • Imperium Renewables The Seatle company that has made a name for itself from producing traditional biodiesel, announced that it has dedicated a 5 million-gallon refinery to algae oil. Has established a feedstock agreement where Solazyme will supply algal oil.
  • OTEC A San Francisco bay area firm developing photobioreactors - enclosed systems that produce algae in layer upon layer of tubes or shallow ponds.
  • PetroSun PetroSun is a diversified energy company specializing in the discovery and development of both traditional fossil fuels and renewable energy resources. Under the terms of a November 2007 agreement, PetroSun BioFuels will supply Bio-Alternatives fifty percent of its raw algal oil production from planned algae farms and extraction plants in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi up to a maximum of 150 million gallons per year. PetroSun BioFuels and Bio-Alternatives have agreed to locate the initial algae farm, extraction plant and biodiesel refinery in Louisiana. Negotiations have commenced to secure the land and permits that are required for the respective operations. PetroSun is in the pre-commercial stage with its algae-to-biofuels production technology. The Company plans to establish algae farms and algal oil extraction plants in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mexico, Brazil and Australia during 2008. The algal oil product will be marketed as feedstock to existing biodiesel refiners and planned company owned refineries. PetroSun is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with field offices in Shreveport, Louisiana and Opelika, Alabama.
  • Solazyme A somewhat secretive San Franciso based biotechnology company that apparently has already harvested thousands of gallons of algal oil. They have engineered more than a dozen specialized strains and ramped up pre-commercial production. We can easily make thousands of gallons [of algal biodiesel] a month, says Chief Operating Officer Jonathan S. Wolfson. Solazyme has entered into a biodiesel feedstock development agreement in which they will generate algal oil for Imperium's biodiesel production process. Jerry Fiddler, Solazyme's Chairman says, "The technology is much farther along than most people realize. Our energy future includes algae which will serve as a biodiesel feedstock of increasing importance."
  • Solix The Solix team of engineers in Fort Collins, CO are working on a design for a closed algae growth system that is cost competitive with open systems.


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