The Sustainable Polymers from Algae Sugars and Hydrocarbons (SPLASH) project with its 20 partners kicked off on 19 November. Research and business join forces in SPLASH to produce plastic from algae. The algae are little factories that produce the building blocks of plastic products, such as food packaging and fibres for rope and nets. The project is led by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research.
Grown in a low-CO2 environment, algae are able to break down the cellulose found in plant matter and use the sugars released for energy. Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team at Bielefeld University have confirmed for the first time that a plant, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants. This finding could also have a major impact on the future of bioenergy.
Woerden, November 2012 – Microalgae have been of major interest for producing biofuels in the last decade. Recently, development and focus was changed towards the use of microalgae in the food, feed, materials and chemical sector as well. The potential of micro algae and aquatic biomass is enormous. The developments follow each other in rapid succession.
Die Universität Bielefeld ist ab Herbst dieses Jahres an einem großen internationalen biotechnologischen Verbundprojekt zu dem Thema „Nachhaltige Produktion von Bio-Polymeren aus Kohlenwasserstoffen in Algen (SPLASH)“ maßgeblich beteiligt. Unter Bio-Polymeren versteht man Stoffe, die aus nachwachsenden Rohstoffen bestehen und/oder biologisch abbaubar sind. Der Forschungsverbund wird von der Europäischen Union mit neun Millionen Euro gefördert. Federführend für die Universität Bielefeld ist Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse, Fakultät für Biologie und Centrum für Biotechnologie (CeBiTec), beteiligt. Die Auftaktveranstaltung für den Verbund findet vom 19. bis 21. November statt.
Airbus, EADS Innovation Works and ENN, a Bio-Energy company based in China, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the China International Air Show in Zhuhai. The partners aim to explore innovative solutions for alternative aviation fuels. The scope of the collaboration includes technical qualification of aviation fuels based on Algae Oil and the promotion of their use for aviation in China, one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets.
Hyward, Calif., Nov 06, 2012 – Aurora Algae today announced the appointment of Lee Covert as senior vice president of sales. Covert, who brings more than 30 years of sales and business development expertise related to the nutrition and feed markets, will be responsible for building out the Company’s global sales operations and will be based at its Hayward, Calif. headquarters.
New Zealand based Photonz Corporation is lookig forward to entering a new phase of being a commercial-ready producer of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fermented algae. Photonz chief executive Dr Greg Collier spoke as part of an AusBiotech 2012 panel focused on the challenges facing the biotech sector, where he highlighted Photonz’s innovative and de-risked business model and the company’s recent progress.
Eine hochrangige französische Delegation war aus diesem Grunde am 29. Oktober 2012 an der Hochschule Lausitz in Senftenberg zu Gast. Der Wissenschaftsattaché der fran- zösischen Botschaft, Dr. Stéphane Roy, vertrat dabei offiziell den Botschafter Frankreichs.
San Diego (November 1, 2012) – Sapphire Energy, and Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary and integrative systems approach to research, today announced a strategic partnership to further the scientific research and development of algae biofuels. Through this partnership, the companies will focus on applying systems biology solutions to algae with the goal of significantly increasing oil yield and improving resistance to crop predators and environmental factors in order to further the advancement of commercialized algae biofuel production.
South San Francisco, CA – October 22, 2012 –Solazyme, Inc, a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that Jean-Marc Rotsaert has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Mr. Rotsaert will be responsible for leading Solazyme’s operations, including the continued expansion of the tailored oils sales and marketing organization with a focus on the industrial and nutritional markets.