Category Archives: Algae industry

This page shows all the algae industry news and information around the globe.

Can algae feed the world and fuel the planet? A Q&A with Craig Venter

[USA] The geneticist and entrepreneur hopes to use synthetic biology to transform microscopic algae into cells that eat up carbon dioxide, spit out oil and provide meals. Continue reading Can algae feed the world and fuel the planet? A Q&A with Craig Venter

Electric cars won’t take over, biofuels 3.0 must fix the bugs, & microorganisms as problem-solvers: Big ideas from cleantech leaders

[USA] We had a great time at our latest Xconomy Seattle event, “Separating Hype from Reality in Alternative Fuels,” held last night at the new Institute for Systems Biology headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Continue reading Electric cars won’t take over, biofuels 3.0 must fix the bugs, & microorganisms as problem-solvers: Big ideas from cleantech leaders

The race to make fuel out of algae poses risks as well as benefits

[USA] One day, Big Algae may be competitive with Big Oil, but as researchers search for the ideal oil-producing algae strain to grow in commercial quantities, there are still a host of uncertainties standing in the way. Continue reading The race to make fuel out of algae poses risks as well as benefits

All green on the western front: San Diego algae pioneers provide glimpse of the future of biofuels

[USA] It felt almost anti-climactic when retired Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn arrived in San Diego last week to meet with some of San Diego’s leading algae biofuels scientists and tour a local biofuel research facility.  Continue reading All green on the western front: San Diego algae pioneers provide glimpse of the future of biofuels

Green crude: The quest to unlock algae’s energy potential

[USA] Tiny Columbus, New Mexico (population, 1,678) is hot, flat and uncrowded — an ideal place to launch a new green revolution in agriculture. That, in essence, is what a well-funded startup company called Sapphire Energy wants to do: It is turning a 300-acre expanse of desert scrub into the world’s largest algae farm designed to produce crude oil. Continue reading Green crude: The quest to unlock algae’s energy potential

San Diego algae biofuels industry gains steam with R&D consortium

The San Diego region is undertaking a broad initiative to accelerate development of algae-to-biofuels technology by establishing a new organization, the San Diego Center for Algae-based Biofuels, or SD-CAB. Continue reading San Diego algae biofuels industry gains steam with R&D consortium

GreenFuel Technologies: Growing algae

[USA] GreenFuel Technologies is developing an ‘Emissions-to-Biofuels’ technology. This clip describes how the company grows algae that consumes CO2 from smokestacks, then it’s harvested to create a variety of biofuel sources. Continue reading GreenFuel Technologies: Growing algae

Investors talk biofuels winners, latecomers to the party, and $100 billion dollar companies at Algae Biomass Summit

[USA] Algae-based biofuels are the topic du jour. And why not—the prospect of using pond scum to power 21st-century transportation and replace crude oil is pretty appealing. So one of the highlights from the Algae Biomass Summit in Seattle yesterday, besides the keynote by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, was a panel of prominent VCs discussing the ins and outs of the fledgling biofuels business. Continue reading Investors talk biofuels winners, latecomers to the party, and $100 billion dollar companies at Algae Biomass Summit