Posts tagged with ‘sustainable’

  • 200 researches to aid aquaculture sector in India

    A first of it kind compendium on the outcome of various research projects funded by the Department of Bio Technology (DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India has been compiled by Dr A S Sahul Hameed, Associate Professor of Zoology at the A Abdul Hakeem College in Melvisharam. The compendium, which is expected to be highly […]
  • Breaking Down Crab Shells Could Improve Solar Technology

    At Kyoto University in Japan, researches have found an interesting composite that might just meet these requirements in an unlikely place — a crab shell. A crab shell was put through a number of different chemical washes and was broken down into a material called chitin. The chitin is combined with a resin to create the desired compound. This material […]
  • Newcastle University scientists work on using marine bacteria to produce electricity

    How to find and exploit new sources of energy for our power-hungry society is something which has been bugging experts for decades. Now scientists at Newcastle University are working on how to harness bacteria to produce electricity. And some of the microbes in the study are Bacillus stratosphericus – commonly found in high concentrations in the stratosphere orbiting the Earth […]
  • OECD Global Forum on Biotechnology: Marine Biotechnology Enabling Solution for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability (Vancouver, Canada, 30-31 May 2012)

    The OECD, in partnership with Genome Canada, Genome British Columbia, Genome Atlantic, Health Canada, The Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Korean Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, will host a major conference on marine biotechnology on 30-31 May 2012 at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, Canada. This conference will review opportunities for marine biotechnology and look at […]
  • University of Toronto student gets financial boost for top spot in a national automotive R&D competition utilizing marine-derived Chitin

    A new biodegradable material made from shrimp and crab shells that can replace petroleum-based plastics used in auto components helped a University of Toronto student win a national automotive competition. Aaron Guan, a master of science student, won the AUTO21 TestDRIVE competition, receiving a $10,000 scholarship for his work on recyclable, lightweight, polymeric nanocomposites. Shrimp and crab shell fibres called chitin nanowhiskers form the base of […]
  • Algae-based fuels a growing business in New Mexico

    Sapphire Energy Inc., which uses a proprietary process to turn algae oil into renewable gasoline to replace fossil fuels at the pump, broke ground last June on a 300-acre commercial demonstration facility in Columbus. In Hobbs, in the heart of southeast New Mexico’s oil patch, Massachusetts-based Joule Unlimited Inc. broke ground this fall on a five-acre site that will use […]
  • Maersk Tests Algae-Based Biofuel in Cargo Voyage to India

    Maersk is testing a range of algae-based biofuel blends aboard a container ship headed to India as part of a project with the U.S. Navy. Maersk, based in Denmark, has worked with the Navy for about 30 years. However, the biofuels testing program is the first partnership between the world’s largest commercial container carrier and the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command. […]
  • Turning algae into energy gets Halifax company on award shortlist

    A Halifax biotechnology company is hoping green slime will help its business take flight. Marine Arctic & Antarctic Technologies Inc. is one of 10 startups that made the shortlist of the Nova Scotia Clean Tech Open, Innovacorp announced Wednesday. The competition’s goal is to assist a clean technology company in getting established in the province. Marine Arctic & Antarctic Technologies […]
  • A more profitable use for fish waste

    The majority of fish waste is turned into fishmeal or fish oil. But what if there was a way for processors to earn three to four times more money from selling their fish waste? Gurry Investments, a Boston-based investment firm established in 2000, is using its technology to produce organic fertilizer using waste from farmed fish. The company, working with […]
  • Acetate from chitin suggested as an economically viable source for bioethanol

    In a Viewpoint published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology, Adão Montel of the Universidade Federal do Tocantins in Brazil suggests that the production of acetate from chitin may be a path to economically viable bioethanol. Both current methods of producing bioethanol, reducing carbon dioxide or the enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulose or lignocellulose, are onerous. In this context, the acetate-to-ethanol […]