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Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Cellana to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

The Energy Department announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of algal biofuels to cost-competitive levels of 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022. Continue Reading →

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Fermentalg and Sofiproteol Enter a New Phase in Their Partnership for the Production and Sale of Omega-3

Libourne, France and Paris, France – Fermentalg, an industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of oils and proteins derived from microalgae, and Sofiprotéol, an industrial and finance company in France’s vegetable oil and protein crop industry, have announced the signing of an agreement that marks a new phase in their partnership for the production and sale of Omega-3. Continue Reading →

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Short Circuit in the Food Web

Chemists of Jena University shed light upon mechanisms of viral diseases of marine algae: Together with scientists of the Weizman Institute in Israel the team around Prof. Pohnert has analyzed the complex interaction between the algae Emiliania huxleyi and viruses. In the science magazine ‘The Plant Cell’ the researchers describe how they could clarify the molecular mechanisms of the relationship between the virus and the algae, which crucially influences the food chain of the ocean. Continue Reading →

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Joule First to Gain US EPA Clearance for Commercial Use of Modified Cyanobacteria for Fuel Production

Bedford, MA – Joule announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has favorably reviewed the company’s Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN) for Joule’s first commercial ethanol-producing catalyst. This clears the catalyst for commercial use at the company’s demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico. Notably, this also marks the first time that EPA has allowed the commercial use of a modified cyanobacterium. Continue Reading →

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TH Wildau: Feldversuch zur Nutzung von Mikroalgen-Biomasse

th-wildau-photobioreaktorSeit einigen Jahren arbeitet der Lehr- und Forschungsbereich Biosystemtechnik der Technischen Hochschule Wildau unter Leitung von Prof. Dr. Franz-Xaver Wildenauer gemeinsam mit Praxispartnern an der energetischen und stofflichen Nutzung von Algenbiomasse. Nach dem Aufbau eines entsprechenden Technikums auf dem Campus im Jahre 2011 wurde jetzt ein neuer Meilenstein erreicht. Continue Reading →

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Heliae Expands Global Footprint with First Joint Venture in Japan

Gilbert, Ariz. – Heliae today announced a partnership with Japan-based Sincere Corporation, a waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan. The joint venture has been named Alvita Corporation, and will combine Sincere Corporation’s operational skill, distribution networks and knowledge of the Japanese market with Heliae’s proprietary algae production technology to supply natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant with broad health benefits, to the growing health and wellness market in the region. Continue Reading →

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