For most of us, algae is the green, thick, clingy substance that’s the scourge of ponds and pools. But for some companies, microalgae—or microscopic algae—is green gold, a substance with a wide variety of potential energy uses. Continue reading Algae—green gold?
Laboratory success doesn’t always translate to real-world success. A team of Michigan State Univ. scientists, however, has invented a new technology that increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels cross that gap and come closer to reality.
Algal Research showcases the team’s invention—the environmental photobioreactor. The ePBR system is the world’s first standard algae growing platform, one that simulates dynamic natural environments… Continue reading MSU advances algae’s viability as a biofuel
[USA] Out of all the clean energy options in development, it is algae-based biofuel that most closely resembles the composition of the Continue reading Scientists turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour
[USA] Humans have been surrounded by algae biofuel since the beginning, but we had not gained a real scientific knowledge of them until very recently. The Nannochloropsis genus, an algae species mentioned several times in this post, was classified for the first time in 1981. Continue reading Algae will save the world… But could ruin it all the same
[USA] Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM), which has invested more than $100 million to develop algae-derived biofuels, is refocusing its Continue reading Exxon refocusing algae biofuels program after $100 million spend
[United Arab Emirates] Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused Continue reading Masdar Institute presents experts details on UAE’s biofuel-from-algae potential
[USA] I wrote a perspectives piece last week (see Algae Fantasists Predict 1B Gallons Per Year by 2014) on the viability of commercial algal biofuels and received a slew of comments, on and off-line, Continue reading Algenol: The elephant in the room – by Eric Wesoff
[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