The UA is the lead institution for the Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed, or RAFT, partnership, which was recently awarded $8 million over four years by the Department of Energy to research how algae can be grown year-round outdoors in open ponds in different climates.
Microalgae can grow on undiluted human urine. This offers opportunities for new water purification methods and perhaps even for converting urine into usable chemical substances and biofuels.
A call for nominations: International Algae Congress is seeking to find outstanding people in algae biotechnology for the awards in 2013. Help them in their search for the best! Check through your colleagues and professional networks. The IAC13 Team would be pleased to receive your proposals!
Orlando, FL, September 27, 2013 – The international technology group SCHOTT is conducting intensive research on the further development of photobioreactors and has now introduced a new approach to industrial growing of algae. For this purpose the manufacturer has developed an oval glass tube that is designed to help microorganisms grow more quickly.
Centre for Management Technology’s (CMT) 6th Algae World Asia, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 28-29 October 2013, will examine prospects and challenges of high performance chemicals as well as fuels from algae.
San Francisco, Calif.- Solazyme, Inc. a renewable oil and bioproducts company, and Unilever, one of the world’s leading consumer goods companies, announced today that they have executed a commercial supply agreement for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored™ Algal Oil. The companies have been collaborating for five years on multiple projects with increasing levels of success culminating in this initial supply agreement.
IGV Biotech, Nuthetal, 25. September 2013 – Photobioreaktoren und die Produktion von Mikroalgen bieten verschiedenste Potenziale für Nachhaltigkeit, Umweltschutz und neue natürliche Produkte. Die deutsche Landwirtschaft hat im Fall von Energiewende und Bio-Anbau ihren innovativen weltweiten Vorreitercharakter unter Beweis gestellt. Mit dem gesteigerten landwirtschaftlichen Interesse an Mikroalgen wird möglicherweise ein weiteres Kapitel dieser erfolgreichen Geschichte aufgeschlagen.
Managed by Bpifrance on behalf of the French state, the Ecotechnologies Fund is part of the Programme d’Investissements d Avenir or Program of Investments for the Future entrusted to Environment and Energy Management Agency, the ADEME. Today, the fund has made its fifth investment, contributing €4.6 million to Fermentalg’s €12 million capital increase alongside IRDI and Viveris Management as well as historic investors Emertec gestion, Demeter Partners, ACE Management (Atalaya), Picoty Algo Carburant and Sofiproteol.
Minneapolis (September 19, 2013) – Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum according to a new peer-reviewed paper published in Bioresource Technology. The study, which is the first to analyze real-world data from an existing algae-to-energy demonstration scale farm, shows that the environmental and energy benefits of algae biofuel are at least on par, and likely better, than first generation biofuels.
Indianapolis, September, 2013 – Algaeon Inc., announced the signing of a multi-year, multi-million dollar supply agreement with Valensa International (Eustis, Florida) which provides high value “condition specific” nutraceuticals to the marketplace. Algaeon, in cooperation with Valensa, is using its extensive knowledge of algae production to bring a new level of efficiency and quality for algae-based ingredient supply to the nutraceutical market. Algaeon will develop manufacturing processes and technology while Valensa will produce finished form condition specific products that will be sold to marketers with recognized brands.