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- High Energy Output Found from Algae-Based Fuel, but 'No Silver Bullet'
Sep 27, 2011 - sciencedaily.com
ScienceDaily (Aug. 10, 2011) — Algae-based fuel is one of many options among the array of possible future energy sources. New University of Virginia research shows that while algae-based transportation fuels produce high energy output with minimal land use, their production could come with significant environmental burdens.
- Fuel From Algae, Wood Chips OK’d for Airlines
Jul 14, 2011 - Louise Downing - firstenercastfinancial.com
Airlines won the backing of a U.S.- based technical-standards group to power their planes with a blend of traditional fuel and biofuel from inedible plants, the Air Transport Association said today.
- Teaching Algae to Make Fuel: New Process Could Lead to Production of Hydrogen Using Bioengineered Microorganisms
Jun 15, 2011 - sciencedaily.com
Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn't yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a back seat to the production of compounds that the organisms use to support their own growth.
Algae-Prenears - Making Fuel from Algae
10, 2011 - Cynthia Barnett - Florida Trend
Some Florida businesses are squeezing a trickle
of fuel from algae, claiming they can help power
the world. But right now, a few expensive drops
in the bucket are all they have to show.
Research in Full Bloom at NREL
Nov 03, 2010 - Heather Lammers - NREL Newsroom
In a test tube, vibrant green microalgae look fragile, but in reality getting
them to spill their lipid secrets to make renewable fuels is a challenge — one
that researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable
Energy Laboratory are tackling, again.
Mar 25, 2010 - marcgunther.com
Algae are so good at producing oil from sunlight and carbon dioxide that there are, by some accounts, as many as 200 companies trying to make biofuels from algae.
- Group Presents Energy Vision of the Future
Mar 25, 2010 - Jennifer Runyon - renewableenergyworld.com
University of Texas, Austin Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, major technology companies and business leaders collaborate to present a unified vision on transforming energy systems.
- A bioenergy platform company utilizing proprietary technology
Feb 18, 2010 - Solena Group
Solena is a next generation zero emission bioenergy company that has developed integrated end-to-end solutions that would help satisfy the world's growing energy demands
- The Environmental Impacts Of Algae-Based Biofuel
Jan 27, 2010 - BioFuel Daily
With many companies investing heavily in algae-based biofuels, researchers from the University of Virginia's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering have found there are significant environmental hurdles to overcome before fuel production ramps up. They propose using wastewater
as a solution to some of these challenges.
- Algae Cultivation: Worse Carbon Footprint Than Corn
Jan 26, 2010 - greentech media
Algae biofuel production "consumes more energy, has higher greenhouse gas emissions and uses more water than other biofuel sources, such as switchgrass, canola and corn," according to a University of Virginia study published in Environmental Science & Technology.
- Is Algae Worse than Corn for Biofuels?
Jan 22, 2010 - Katie Howell - Scientific American
Growing algae for use in biofuels has a greater environmental impact than sources such as corn, switch grass and canola, researchers found in the first life-cycle assessment of algae growth.
- Algae and other plant sources could soon help power jetliners
Oct 26, 2009 - Michelle Dunlop - Herald Net
Today, algae is one of several biofuel sources seen as propelling the aviation industry’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint. “Progress is going at a much faster pace than anybody anticipated,” Giovanni Bisignani, director of International Air Transport Association, said on Friday. “Three years ago sustainable biofuels were a dream. Now we expect certification no later than 2011.”
- Cracking Algae With Electricity
Oct 23, 2009 - greentech media
Organic Fuels Algae Technology says it can use electricity to break open algae cell walls to extract oil for cheap. Can it prove the technology works outside the lab?
- Algae fuel project in line for $750,000 in federal funds
Oct 17, 2009 - Tanya Mannes - SignonSanDiego
A San Diego-based project to develop fuel from algae is expected to get $750,000 in federal funds thanks to an earmark from Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Carlsbad.
- Algae as Fuel of the Future Faces Great Expectations - and Obstacles
Sep 17, 2009 - Anne C. Mulkern - The New York Times
Tim Zenk is surrounded by green. In a lab near California's coast, shades of emerald, lime and chartreuse fill petri dishes, beakers, 14-foot plastic bags and long swirling pools.
Biofuels: From Pond Scum to Jet Fuel
Sep 15, 2009 - Chris Tachibana - RenewableEnergWorld.com
Exxon Mobil and genome expert Craig Venter hope
to strike it green with oilgae, but a few obstacles
remain on the path to commercialization of biofuel
from algae. by Chris Tachibana, Science Writer
- Solazyme To Develop Algae Fuels for US Navy
Sep 10, 2009 - Renewable Energy World.com
Solazyme Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to research, develop, and demonstrate commercial scale production of algae-derived advanced biofuel that meets the United States Navy's rigorous specifications for military tactical platforms. Solazyme will utilize its innovative large-scale algal oil production process to provide renewable F-76 Naval Distillate fuel for testing and fuel certification to demonstrate it meets all military specifications and functional requirements.
- First Algae-powered Prius Sets Off on Cross-Country Tour
Sep 2, 2009 - EV World
Green Fuel is real fuel as the Algaeus, the world’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle to cross the country on fuel containing a blend of algae-based renewable gasoline, hits the road to celebrate the launch of the award-winning film FUEL. Sponsored by the Veggie Van Organization, the eco-aggressive, 10-day cross country tour features a caravan of high technology ‘green’ vehicles, led by the groundbreaking Algaeus, which is fueled by Sapphire Energy. The tour kicks off on September 8 in San Francisco and culminates in New York City on September 18 to celebrate the nationwide premiere of FUEL, the movie that inspires green energy solutions such as those demonstrated on the tour.
- Aurora biofuels doubles algae's CO2 uptake and fuel production
Aug 26, 2009 - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Aurora Biofuels said that it has succeeded in optimizing its base algae strains to more than double CO2 consumption and fuel production. The company has proven these results in an outdoor open system over the last several months.
algae for liquid fuel production
Thomas F. Riesing, Ph.D. - Permaculture Activist
With the increasing interest in biodiesel as an
alternative to petrodiesel, many have looked at
the possibility of growing more oilseed crops as
a solution to the problem of peak oil. There are
two problems with this approach: first, growing
more oilseed crops would displace the food crops
grown to feed mankind. Second, traditional oilseed
crops are not the most productive or efficient source
of vegetable oil. Micro-algae is, by a factor of
8 to 25 for palm oil. and a factor of 40 to 120
for rapeseed, the highest potential energy yield
temperate vegetable oil crop. Michael Briggs at
the Univ. of N. Hampshire Biodiesel group estimates
that using open. outdoor, racetrack ponds, only
15,000 square miles could produce enough algae to
meet all of the USA's ground transportation needs.
Transportation accounts for 67% of US oil consumption
according to the Atlantic Monthly, July/August
2005. We'll say more about the 15,000 square mile
number below. If all of this land were in one rectangular
piece, it would be 120 miles by 125 miles—about
1/7th of the area of the state of Colorado.
- Coming Soon: $2 a Gallon Diesel From Algae?
Aug 18, 2009 - greentech media
Aurora Biofuels says it has a species of algae that breeds like a rabbit.
- BP Gives Nod to Algae Fermentation With Martek Deal
Aug 11, 2009 - greentech media
Sugar costs money, but BP wants to know if it’s more economical than sunlight. Martek Biosciences will help the company figure it out.
- Blooming Biofuel: How Algae Could Provide the Solution
Jun 22, 2009 - Jeffrey Decker - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
In the years since the discovery of significant concentrations of lipids in certain species of algae, estimates for the potential of the single-cell water-borne plant have varied wildly. What is agreed is the substantial potential for algae to become a valuable resource in the portfolio of second generation biofuels. The tiny plants can produce at least 15 times more oil per hectare than alternatives like jatropha, rapeseed and palm, and are 20 times as productive as corn and soy. Today, high-end food supplements are still the main algal product, but some estimate their fuels could compete with petroleum at US$60 per barrel.
- Deal blooms for algae biofuel research
Jul 15, 2009 - Thomas Kupper - Signonsandiego
A San Diego biotechnology company led by genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter has landed a deal with Exxon Mobil that could include more than $300 million in funding to develop biofuels from algae.
mobil bets $600 million on algae
Jul 14, 2009 - Katie Howell - Scientific American
Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. is making a major jump
into renewable energy with a $600 million investment
in algae-based biofuels.
- Algae Biofuel Leaders Converge on the Capitol
Jun 11, 2009 - PR Newswire
Leaders of the algae biofuel industry will meet on Capitol Hill today to brief congressional legislators on sector-wide technology and production advancements allowing for commercially-viable fuels, and advocate for continued federal support to help see the technology to maturity.
biofuel ready for takeoff
May 29, 2009 - Katie Howell - Scientific American
fuels derived from algae, camelina and jatropha
-- plants that pack an energy punch, are not eaten
as food and do not displace food crops -- could
be approved and replacing petroleum fuels in commercial
flights as early as next year, a Boeing executive
creates way to make natural gas from algae
May 7, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News -
Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash.
A new method for converting algae into natural gas
for use in pipelines and power generation has been
transferred to the marketplace under a license between
Genifuel Corp. and Battelle.
- San Diego, Silicon Valley of Algae Innovation?
Apr, 30, 2009 - Josie Garthwaite - earth2tech
San Diego, Calif., has one very high-profile player in the algae game — Sapphire Energy, which counts Bill Gates and the Rockefeller family among its backers and has the ambitious goal of producing a million gallons of algae-based diesel and jet fuel per year by 2011. But does the San Diego region have what it takes to become the Silicon Valley of algae innovation?
research enjoys resurgence at NREL
Apr 16, 2009 - Joseph B. Verrengia - NREL - RenewableEnergyWorld.com
Passenger jets cruise at 35,000 feet without a hiccup.
Catfish farmers lease ponds to biofuels entrepreneurs.
Venture capitalists sink $1 billion into green crude.
- New possibilities for hydrogen-producing algae
Mar 25, 2009 - Science Daily
Photosynthesis produces the food that we eat and the oxygen that we breathe ― could it also help satisfy our future energy needs by producing clean-burning hydrogen? Researchers studying a hydrogen-producing, single-celled green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, have unmasked a previously unknown fermentation pathway that may open up possibilities for increasing hydrogen production.
Next Generation of Biofuels
Mar, 2009 - Scientific American
Americans burn through 140 billion gallons of gasoline
a year. And even if drivers switch to more fuel-efficient
cars and trucks, the nationís fuel needs are expected
to increase by a fifth over the next 20 years, thanks
to dramatic increases in car and airplane use. Which
is why, in addition to developing solar, wind and
geothermal energy, policy makers, including President
Barack Obama, are advocating biofuels to transform
the transportation culture.
flight of algae-fuelled jet
Jan 8, 2009 - BBC Monitor
A US airline has completed the first test flight
of a plane partly powered by biofuel derived from
algae. The 90-minute flight by a Continental Boeing
737-800 went better than expected, a spokesperson
Quest for Alternative Fuel in the Aviation Industry
Nov 24, 2008 - James DiGeorgia - Renewable Energy
It's one of the busiest travel seasons of the year
and it's almost here. The Thanksgiving holiday is
notorious for crowded airports, long lines and flight
delays. And while you may not be flying on an airplane
powered by alternative fuel to get to Thanksgiving
dinner this year, scientists are studying the possibilities
now more than ever.
Atomics, SAIC to explore algae fuel for less
Dec 27, 2008 - Mike Freeman -SignOnSanDiego.com
Two San Diego-based defense contractors have received
federal grants totaling nearly $35 million to drive
down the cost of making jet fuel from algae.
of the future: oil from algae
Oct, 2008 - David Biello - Scientific American
The future of biofuel may lie in one word: algae.
The tiny primitive plants can produce a lot of oil
in a little space. Solix Biofuels has a pilot plant
in the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins,
Colo., that uses the excess carbon dioxide from
beer making to feed algae growing in indoor tanks.
Global Green Solutions has a test facility in El
Paso, Tex., that grows algae in tall, thin, sunlit
oil by 2020?
Oct 29, 2008 - renewableenergyfocus.com
LONDON, UK. The Carbon Trust is launching the Algae
Biofuels Challenge seeking to commercialise the
use of algae biofuel as an alternative to fossil
based oil by 2020.
flu-gas to algae-biomass
Oct 28, 2008 - renewableenergyfocus.com
MADRID, SPAIN and CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, USA,
October 28, 2008. GreenFuel Technologies Corporation
and renewables management company Aurantia are now
in the second phase of their joint project to develop
and scale algae farming technologies in the Iberian
Plants Instead of Petroleum to Make Jet Fuel
Oct 3, 2008 - David Biello - SciAm.com
New aviation biofuel made from soybeans and other
crops proves identical to oil-based kerosene.
growth in the algae market; managing risk in the
Oct 2, 2008 - Stephen Lacey - Renewable Energy World.com
With over US $180 million in venture capital invested
in Algae companies already this year, the market
looks ready to explode. That explosion couldn't
come soon enough for biodiesel producers who are
having trouble getting enough feedstock to meet
Biofuel Of The Future?
Aug 19, 2008 ó ScienceDaily
In the world of alternative fuels, there may be
nothing greener than pond scum.
pond scum become the new oil?
Jul 30, 2008 - CNN
Pond scum. The thought typically evokes images that
leave most people cringing, but it may one day occupy
an important role in the nation's energy supply.
Jul, 2008 - Alternative Energy News
One area of alternative fuels that has gained a
lot of interest over the last year or two is algae
biodiesel. This is probably because it will produce
10-30 times what the best oil producing crops in
America will produce.
from the ocean may offer a sustainable energy source
of the future
Jun 28, 2008 - ScienceDaily
Research by two Kansas State University scientists
could help with the large-scale cultivation and
manufacturing of oil-rich algae in oceans for biofuel.
Uses Blue-green Algae to Generate Power
Jun 23, 2008 - SinoCast
Blue-green algae that is damaging the water quality
of the Taihu Lake will soon become a new raw material
for power generation in Wuxi, a beautiful city in
byproducts of biodiesel production are valuable
organic acids, researchers say
Jul 22, 2008 - Jade Boyd - Renewable Energy World.Com
In a move that could possibly change the economics
of biodiesel refining, chemical engineers at Rice
University have come up with a set of techniques
for converting sometimes problematic biofuels waste
into chemicals that fetch a profit.
algae into ethanol, and gold
Jun 11, 2008 - Carli Ghelfi - Cleantech Group
No ponds, no fresh water, no harvesting, no oils.
One algal biofuel company says it's found a way
to convert algae directly into ethanol on the cheap.
Algae startups bringing pond scum to fuel tanks
Mar 27, 2008 - Katie Fehrenbacher - earth2tech
If corn-based biofuels are the Britney Spears of
th cleantech world (a fallen star but still all
over the place), fuel made from algae is the next
great American Idol winner (major potential in the
pipeline). And despite the fact that algae-to-biofuel
startups have been taking their sweet time bringing
a pond scum fuel product to market, some inroads
have been made recently — GreenFuel is building
its first plant, PetroSun starts producing at their
farm on April 1, and big oil Chevron and Shell have
made some early bets as well.
NREL To Collaborate on Algae-to-Biofuel Research
Nov 2, 2007 - Renewable Energy World.Com
Chevron Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy's
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced
yesterday that they have entered into a collaborative
research and development agreement to study and
advance technology to produce liquid transportation
fuels using algae.
algae: the next Biofuel?
Oct , 2007 - E85.Whipnet.net
In 2006, the dusty town of Anthony Texas had little
more going for it than being a New Mexico border
town and an alfalfa field. This Dusty Texas Town
recently became the home of a new and developing
technology and oddly enough, it’s dependent
on water. The old saying “Everything is bigger
in Texas” doesn’t tell the whole story
when it comes to the Vertigro alternative fuel laboratory
being constructed there. The dry stretch of land
in West Texas might seem like the last place to
study anything that lives in water, but the effort
is based on more than just a new idea.
Sep 27, 2007 - Prachi Patel - Technology Review
Algae are a promising source of biofuels: besides
being easy to grow and handle, some varieties are
rich in oil similar to that produced by soybeans.
Algae also produce another fuel: hydrogen. They
make a small amount of hydrogen naturally during
photosynthesis, but Anastasios
Melis, a plant- and microbial-biology professor
at the University of California, Berkeley, believes
that genetically engineered versions of the tiny
green organisms have a good shot at being a viable
source for hydrogen.
happening in the biodiesel from algae sector?
Sept 4, 2007 - Meghan Murphy - Renewable Energy
Most of the energy in the fossil fuels we use today
comes from ancient algae that stored the sun's energy
in hydrocarbon bonds. Now scientists and entrepreneurs
are trying to take that ancient process, speed it
up by a couple of million years and market it on
an industrial scale.
grant furthers cultivating algae for biofuel
Apr 30, 2007 - Renewable Energy Worl.Com
Gov. Bob Riley has awarded a $10,000 grant to Auburn
University to conduct a study to determine the economic
and technical feasibility of cultivating pond algae
commercially as a source for biofuel.
tested as fuel for Arizona power plant
Oct 26, 2006 - The Associated Press
Algae may seem like one of life's little annoyances,
but researchers hope the green, slimy stuff will
one day replace one-third of the natural gas used
to power an electric plant run by Arizona Public
algae is hydrogen factory
Feb 23, 2006 - Sam Jaffe - WIRED
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley
have engineered a strain of pond scum that could,
with further refinements, produce vast amounts of
hydrogen through photosynthesis.
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