Category Archives: Biofuels

Algae fuel, algal biofuel, or algal oil is an alternative to liquid fossil fuels that uses algae as its source of energy-rich oils.

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