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R & D Magazine

Funds Bolster Algae Biofuel Development
R & D Magazine
Algae is considered a prime candidate to serve as feedstock for biofuels because of its high energy content and yield, rapid growth and ability to thrive in seawater or wastewater. Oil from algae can be refined into gasoline, biodiesel or jet fuel ...


Biodiesel Magazine

US DOE injects $18 million into algae technology development
Biodiesel Magazine
Algal biomass can be converted to advanced biofuels that offer promising alternatives to petroleum-based diesel and jet fuels. Additionally, algae can be used to make a range of other valuable bioproducts, such as industrial chemicals, biobased ...
$18 Million Algae Biofuel Blast From US Energy DepartmentCleanTechnica

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Biodiesel Magazine

State-of-the-Art Algae Photobioreactors
Biodiesel Magazine
The setup is unique; not only is algae grown for biofuel conversion, but in doing so, Algae Systems provides a service to Daphne Utilities by treating 40,000 to 60,000 gallons of wastewater per day. “We're connected to their sewer line, so we take ...


New algae study 'sheds light' on importance of IBS light availability
Biodiesel Magazine (blog)
A new study has been published in Biotechnology for Biofuels by several university researchers from Europe and China that investigates the effect of initial-biomass-specific (IBS) light availability on batch microalgal triacylglycerides (TAGs) for ...

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Bloomberg

This Pond Scum Already in Your Smoothie May Fuel Your Plane
Bloomberg
The future of Japan's biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that's swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That's what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years ...

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Algae can produce biofuels from wastewater
SciDev.Net
Algal culture, which is in its early stages, has so far relied on heavy investment in land and water making algae cultivation for biofuels unsustainable. But these studies have found that using wastewater at a treatment facility proves a win-win ...


Tech Times

Researchers Figure Out Method to Make Jet Fuel and Biodiesel Using Algae
Tech Times
Algae have tapped into as a biofuel source before but never as the starting point for jet fuel. Now a team led by Gregory O'Neil and Christopher Reddy have managed to not just produce biodiesel but also derive jet fuel from the process, creating two ...


CNBC

Could algae save the planet?
CNBC
The process developed by Algenol, based in Fort Myers, uses "enhanced blue-green algae" and photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide and seawater into sugar, which is then converted into ethanol and biomass. "What makes these algae very special is ...


Muscat Daily

Omani scientists working to produce biofuel from agricultural waste
Muscat Daily
Under the project, research will be performed to develop an economical and competitive process for biofuel production (ethanol, butanol and biogas) from biological and agricultural waste. Furthermore, biofuel production from native algae and other ...


Wall Street Journal (blog)

How the Future of Biofuels Is Taking Shape
Wall Street Journal (blog)
... companies have begun to push the development of second- and third-generation biofuels, which are derived from resources (including waste biomass, certain vegetable oils, animal fats, lignocellulose and algae) that cannot be used alternatively as food.

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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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