Algae.Tec, a Perth-based producer of algal oils used in clean fuel, plans to sell $US200 million ($190 million) of bonds in Europe to fund expansion in the Americas. The company intends to start the offering within the next month and complete it by mid-year, Chairman Roger Stroud said. The proceeds will finance new factories in Texas and Brazil that will produce algae for biofuels.
Washington, DC – January 2, 2013 – As part of the bi-partisan “Fiscal Cliff” legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on January 1, 2013, algae-derived fuels are, for the first time ever, a “qualified feedstock” under section 40 of the United States Code meaning that producers of algal fuel are eligible for a $1.01 per gallon tax credit.
Algenforscher haben den Einzeller Lingulodinium polyedrum zur Alge des Jahres gewählt. Der mit einem Panzer und zwei Geißeln ausgestattete Dinoflagellat fasziniert nicht nur die Forschenden sondern auch Skipper und Strandgänger, weil er sich unter bestimmten Bedingungen massenhaft vermehren und nachts das Meer blau leuchten lassen kann. Die Wissenschaftler, die den Dinoflagellaten auswählten und in der Sektion Phykologie der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft organisiert sind, wollen damit eine Algenart würdigen, deren Leuchtfähigkeit fasziniert, einen ausgeprägten Tag-Nacht-Rhythmus hat und als Sensor genutzt wird, wie PD Dr. Mona Hoppenrath vom Deutschen Zentrum für marine Biodiversitätsforschung (DZMB) bei Senckenberg am Meer in Wilhelmshaven ausführt.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 18, 2012 – Cereplast Inc., a manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics, today announced the commercialization of Cereplast Algae Bioplastics™ with the introduction of Biopropylene® 109D.
EWING, N.J., Dec. 17, 2012 – Proterro, Inc., a company making sugar instead of extracting it from crops, has closed on a $3.5- million financing round led by current investor Braemar Energy Ventures. Cultivian Ventures and Middleland Capital joined as new investors, with other existing investors, Battelle Ventures and its affiliate, Innovation Valley Partners, also participating in the round.
South San Francisco, CA (December, 2012) – Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today the successful completion of multiple initial fermentations at ADM’s Clinton, Iowa facility. In these runs, Solazyme achieved commercial scale production metrics, exhibited linear scalability of its process from laboratory scale, and demonstrated the ability to run at this scale without contamination.
The abstract submission deadline is only a few weeks away! Submit your abstract for presentation and join 3rd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels & Bioproducts the at The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Canada from 16 – 19 June, 2013.
Microscopic animals held algae captive and stole their genes for energy production, thereby evolving into a new and more powerful species many millions of years ago reveals a new study published today in the journal Nature. The results reveal a ‘missing link’ in evolution because the tiny animal thieves (protozoa) couldn’t completely hide all evidence of the captive algae, and have been effectively frozen in time and caught in the act by genetic sequencing.
Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer. Their achievement, detailed in a paper in this week’s early online issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens the door for making these and other “designer” proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells.
As part of Qatari Diar Vinci Construction’s (QDVC) commitment to sustainable development, the company is launching a major new carbon sequestration project in Qatar. This initiative will start with an analysis of the brown algae belonging to the species Hormophysa cuneiformis in the North West of Qatar.