Posts tagged with ‘bioprocessing’

  • Lammers to head up $5 million algae consortium

    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $5 million grant to improve algae-based fuel that is compatible with existing refineries to a multi-institutional team led by New Mexico State University. Peter Lammers, director of the NMSU Algal Bioenergy team, will be the principal investigator of the project, entitled “Realization of Algae Potential” (REAP). Lammers will coordinate efforts at partner […]
  • Novel algae-based solution for CO2 capture and biomass production

    With such a focus on the possibilities that microalgae can offer, various industrial methods have been developed for its production. However, most are currently not economically viable, especially on a large scale. Limitations to these systems include: sub-optimal productivity, expensive installation, large footprint (surface area), high water demand and the requirement for a highly trained end-user. The EU-funded ALDADISK project has […]
  • Engineered bacteria make fuel from sunlight

    Chemists at the University of California, Davis, have engineered blue-green algae to grow chemical precursors for fuels and plastics — the first step in replacing fossil fuels as raw materials for the chemical industry. “Most chemical feedstocks come from petroleum and natural gas, and we need other sources,” said Shota Atsumi, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Davis and lead […]
  • Algae Biosciences to Sign R&D Agreement With Syngar

    Algae Biosciences Corporation is pleased to announce the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to negotiate and enter into a Research & Development (R&D) Agreement leading to a License Agreement with Syngar Technologies Inc., a private company based in Edmonton, Canada. In partnership with Syngar, and using Syngar’s PLUSWaveTM technology, AlgaeBio will develop high-yield algae lipid/oil production systems to […]
  • $900K Grant to Cornell for New Bioreactors

    Cornell research team has received a $910,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to build a new type of bioreactor that efficiently delivers light and collects fuel produced by algae inside the reactor. The “optofluidic reactor” is one of 66 projects totaling $130 million selected this year for the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E) program, […]
  • Marine biotechnology advances towards applications in new functional foods

    The marine ecosystem is still an untapped reservoir of biologically active compounds, which have considerable potential to supply food ingredients towards development of new functional foods. With the goal of increasing the availability and chemical diversity of functional marine ingredients, much research has been developed using biotechnological tools to discover and produce new compounds. This review summarizes the advances in […]
  • Sapphire Energy’s Commercial Demonstration Algae-To-Energy Facility Now Operational

    Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced the first phase of its Green Crude Farm, the world’s first commercial demonstration algae-to-energy facility, is now operational. Construction of this first phase, which began on June 1, 2011, was completed on time and on budget. When completed, the facility will produce 1.5 million […]
  • SoCalGas, Scripps to Develop Algae Carbon Capture

    Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego (Scripps) have entered into an agreement focusing on the design of an innovative system in which algae consume carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from natural gas combustion and cost-effectively convert it into valuable byproducts such as biomethane, biodiesel and animal feed. The new collaboration between Scripps and […]
  • CSA MarineBiotech Launched

    A sound strategy for marine biotechnology research, technology development and innovation and a concerted coordination of relevant national and regional programmes are urgently needed in Europe. The Coordination and Support Action ‘MarineBiotech’ is a response to this, aiming at an ERA-NET in marine biotechnology that can deliver ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive growth’, a core objective of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Bringing […]
  • NUI Galway’s participation in Energetic Algae project (EnAlgae) investigates algae as sustainable energy source

    Seaweed is big business in Asia, where it is cultivated and used in a variety of food and beauty products. Nine-tenths of the world’s production for commercial use takes place in China, Japan and Korea. It is also commonly used as a sugar-rich animal feedstock in the US. Of the 500 species that can be found in Ireland, though, only […]