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Algae biodiesel news:

Algenol's algae fuel wins EPA approval as advanced biofuels
Biobased Digest
The Company's technology is a unique two-step process that first produces ethanol directly from the algae and then converts the spent algae biomass to biodiesel, gasoline and jet fuel. For a complete up-to-the date snapshot of Algenol, visit our ...

Algae.Tec to Expand Biodiesel Ops into China
Domestic Fuel
algaeteclogo Australia-based Algae.Tec will bring its algae-biodiesel technology into China. This story from Proactive Investors says Algae.Tec will issue a $500,000 convertible bond to China Finance Strategies Investment Holdings (CFS), with another ...

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New method for drying microalgae cheapens biodiesel production
By applying a technique for drying the algae, scientists from the biotechnology group managed to reduce by more than one third the breeding ground of these organisms without increasing energy expenditure in the process of obtaining biodiesel.

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Biofuels Show Promise for Alternative Energy: Which Two Show Most Promise In ...
Design & Trend
The number of alternative energy biofuels in the works is clipping along at a frenetic pace. With a seemingly endless supply of interesting, if not surprising, sources serving as inspiration for that pace, researchers are making headway in their ...


Antarctic algae under experimentation to produce biofuel
A team of researchers at the Central University of Ecuador studies the use of Antarctic algae to produce biodiesel to serve as an alternative source of renewable energy to fossil fuel. Scientists working at the Faculty of Chemistry in Quito, hope to ...

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Algae.Tec positions to enter greater China region
Biodiesel Magazine
Algae.Tec Ltd. has entered into an agreement with China Finance Strategies Investment Holdings Ltd. to get its technology to market in the greater China region, including the People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. Under the agreement ...

Harris Group: Biofuels Digest's 2015 5-Minute Guide
Biobased Digest
Since then, we have worked alongside entrepreneurs, researchers, and project developers on a variety of projects, including traditional corn ethanol and biodiesel, cellulosic ethanol, algae, renewable diesel and jet biofuel, and most recently, bio ...

Algenol: Biofuels Digest's 2015 5-Minute Guide
Biobased Digest
Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels. Algenol's patented technology enables the production of the four most important fuels ...

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.