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January 07, 2011

Green crude from algae




requires separation and final conversion.  …

…   “The final step in processing separates the glycerol from the mixture and leaves a biodiesel that's ready to be used as fuel.”   …

Via How Stuff Works: Algae Biofuel.

Biofuel from Algae

October 05, 2010

Ford biofuel research focuses on algae




Ford sees promise in the algae path to biofuels and company researchers investigate opportunities.  …Ford algae biofuel research program

…   “This year, Ford researchers visited Wayne State University’s National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, which is actively analyzing suitable algae strains that could be used as a feedstock for biodiesel.

The Ford researchers, part of the company’s Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department, also have conducted in-house research on the opportunities and challenges of producing biodiesel from algae oil.”   …

Via Ford: Ford Algae Biofuel.

National Biofuels Energy Laboratory.

July 08, 2010

Cyanobacteria optimized to produce biofuel




ASU research looks to understand cyanobacteria to boost production of biofuel.  The research is working on optimizing the conditions that control growth of the cyanobacteria such as CO2 and phosphorus levels and light irradiation levels.  …

…   “cyanobacteria are much easier to re-engineer because we have a lot of knowledge about them. We can control their growth so that we can produce large amounts of biofuel … ”   …

Via Arizona State University: Benchtop Biofuels.

Cyanobacteria produce biofuel

July 06, 2010

Biochemical research focus on commercializing algae biofuel process




ASU receives research grant of three million dollars to support investigation into the challenges to commercializing algae-derived biofuels.  …Biofuel is generated from algae

…   “Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium, will focus on testing the acceptability of algal biofuels as replacements for petroleum-derived fuels.

The group will investigate biochemical conversion of algae to fuels and products, and analyze the physical chemistry properties of algal fuels and fuel intermediates. ”   …

Via Arizona State University: Biofuel Research Grant Program.

March 23, 2010

Algae Biofuel Market Dynamics




Biofuel players are positioning in the marketplace to commercialize fuel from algae. ...
... "There are no industrial-scale, algae-to-fuel operations up and running, but that may soon change as several companies jockey for position in this emerging biofuel category. " ...
Via MarketWatch: Fuel from algae

March 08, 2010

Algae Biofuel Future




University of Vermont will host algae biofuel discussion on March 17 and 18: "Foremost algae biofuel researchers and entrepreneurs will present on the current state and projected future of algae as a biofuel feedstock." http://bit.ly/dd82of

March 03, 2010

Dupont algae to biobutanol bioscience research through metabolic engineering




Department of Energy awards Dupont and partners funding for research into algae derived next-gen biofuels. ... "The macroalgae-to-isobutanol project will focus on: improving domestic macroalgae aquaculture; converting macroalgae to bio-available sugars; converting those sugars to isobutanol; and economic and environmental optimization of the production process. More than 60 scientists in Wilmington, Del., and Berkeley, Calif., will work on this research and development program. " http://bit.ly/bpWC49

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February 24, 2010

Chile Algae Biofuel Investments




Chile commits to algae-based biofuels technology by making a public-private investment of $31.6 million on research and development of biofuels produced from algae, via SciDev.Net. http://bit.ly/cTQHY2

February 06, 2010

Pioneering Algae Biofuel




Santa Fe, New Mexico provides the envronment for creative artists and renewable energy pioneers. ...
... "he uses wastewater to feed algae, pumping carbon dioxide emissions through them to make them grow faster, then harvesting them for biofuel. " ...
Via New York Times: Santa Fe, NM

December 08, 2009

The Case for Biofuel from Algae




William & Mary Chesapeake Algae Project scientists endorse algae pathway to biofuel as a sustainable approach to production. ...
... "algae feedstocks can be grown with low greenhouse-gas emissions and without competing for arable land and water that might otherwise be used to grow food crops. Bioalgae also is efficient. ... " ...
Via William & Mary: ChAP algal biofuel

August 05, 2009

Cape Cod Bioreactor Will Use Algae to Convert CO2 to Biodiesel Fuel




Plankton Power will leverage consortium collaboration to build a bioreactor on Cape Cod to produce fuel from algae. At pilot scale, the saltwater algae bioreactor is expected to produce approximately one million gallons of biodiesel per year. When fully scaled up, the facility could produce up to one hundred million gallons annually. ...
... "The new facility will focus on pilot- and commercial-scale development of algae biodiesel (a type of biofuel) that is cost-competitive with existing petroleum- and vegetable-based fuels, with improved performance characteristics. The planned biorefinery is proposed for construction on five acres of land on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) in Bourne, Massachusetts, supported by the Massachusetts National Guard pending legal and regulatory reviews. The pilot facility will provide the required infrastructure for testing commercial scale-up of a breakthrough algae-growth technology resulting from 20 years of cold saltwater species research and production. The biodiesel from Plankton Power algae is a drop-in replacement for home heating oil and petroleum diesel and will be produced for commercial distribution. " ...
Via Plankton Power: Algae-to-Biofuels Pilot Facility on Cape Cod (PDF)


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August 01, 2009

Shell Springboard Bioreactor




CO2 hungry algae convert carbon dioxide into fuel in this pilot bioreactor facility in the UK. ...



July 19, 2009

Utility Integration with Algae Farms to Produce Biofuel from Waste CO2




National Renewable Energy Laboratory research program looks at strains of algae for best biofuel production. The research recommends development of algae strains through genetic engineering to produce high solar conversion rates. ...
... "Algal biodiesel is one of the only avenues available for high-volume re-use of CO2 generated in power plants. It is a technology that marries the potential need for carbon disposal in the electric utility industry with the need for clean-burning alternatives to petroleum in the transportation sector. " ...
Via NREL: Aquatic Species Program, Biodiesel from Algae (PDF)

July 14, 2009

Synthetic Genomics and Exxon Mobil Team to Produce Algae Derived Biofuels




Synthetic Genomics Inc and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering team up to explore and commercialize the use of photosynthetic algae for biofuel production. SGI is working to scale up a continuous process for algae-produced biofuel. ...
... "As part of the multi-faceted agreement, SGI will receive milestone payments for achievements in developing biofuel products. Total funding for SGI in research and development activities and milestone payments could amount to more than $300 million with the potential for additional income from licensing to third parties. Photosynthetic algae, which include microalgae (single celled algae) and cyanobacteria (most commonly known as blue-green algae) are organisms that are very efficient at utilizing the energy from sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into cellular oils (lipids) and even some types of long-chain hydrocarbons that can be further processed into fuels and chemicals. " ...
Via Synthetic Genomics: Multi-Year Agreement to Develop Next Generation Biofuels Using Photosynthetic Algae

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