The 24 innovative projects, from start-ups and family-run businesses to research institutes and universities, will receive funding to produce low-carbon energy using organic materials. The projects will boost biomass productivity in the UK, through breeding, planting, cultivating and harvesting of organic energy materials.
Biomass -- non-food energy crops such as grasses and hemp, forestry wastes and marine-based materials such as algae and seaweed -- is backed by the UK's independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and is a small but important part of the renewable energy mix the UK requires to meet its climate change goals.
The Biomass Feedstocks Innovation Programme is funded through the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.
(Source: UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Business News Wales, 26 Aug., 2021)
UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_for_Business,_Energy_and_Industrial_Strategy
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The award supports ongoing research by Dr Sridhar Viamajala, professor of chemical engineering, to speed up the production of microalgae using a farming technique called direct air capture, which minimises the loss of organic carbon, an issue that slows down algae production.
Oils and carbohydrates produced by the algae, which use sunlight and nutrients to grow, can be turned into fuels and commodity goods such as plastics -- products otherwise produced from petroleum.
"This technology improved sustainability by removing CO2 while simultaneously creating pathways for the displacement of petroleum," according to Professor Sridhar Viamajala, Chemical Engineering, at the University of Toledo. (Source: University of Toledo, PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: University of Toledo, Professor Sridhar Viamajala, www.utoledo.edu/engineering/chemical-engineering/facultystaff/sridharviamajala.html; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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Selected projects will both research and develop waste for energy conversion, improve algae farming practices to increase production, and further understanding of MSW potential as a fuel and energy source.
Awardees across six projects will investigate various strains and farming practices of algae and explore new ways to improve their growth.
Recipent list and details HERE. (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy
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"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.
"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.
"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.
"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com
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The project will take place over the next four years, with a test platform to be set up at the La Mede biorefinery investigating the most effective means of growing microalgae. As the plant absorbs CO2 while it grows, it could prove a low-carbon fuel alternative.
TotalEnergies will bring its knowledge of biofuel production and expertise in carbon capture to the project while Veolia brings its history in water management which will be useful in developing the water-based microalgae.
(Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, July, 2021)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com
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Through photosynthesis, microalgae use sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes to grow. When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity.
As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient microalgae. .
(Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Website, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com
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All Nippon Airways used an SAF made from algae, and Japan Airlines used a fuel made from a combination of algae and wood chips at a 1 pct blend rate with regular jet fuel. (Source: All Nippon Airways, Japan News, 19 June, 2021)
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Funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002403, Engineering-Scale Testing and Validation of Algae-Based Technologies and Bioproducts, will support the goals of DOE's Carbon Utilization Program. The primary objective of carbon utilization technology development is to lower the near-term cost of carbon capture through the creation of value-added products from the conversion of CO2.
The intent of the FOA is to seek applications that aim to perform engineering-scale testing and validation of algae-based technologies and bioproducts. Technologies that convert CO2 must show a net decrease in CO2 emissions through life cycle analysis, display a potential to generate a marketable product and show that the product displays beneficial aspects when compared to commercially available products produced with existing state-of-the-art technology.
Information on this notice of intent can be found HERE.
The Office of Fossil Energy funds R&D projects to reduce the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the nation's fossil resources. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy,, PR, 20 Jan., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.doe.netl.gov
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Co-located on the York, Neb. biorefinery campus, the Green Plains York Innovation Center is comprised of pilot and industrial scale fermentation systems which have been utilized for various functions including sugar-based cellulosic fuel developments, algae production, yeast fermentation processes, as well as antimicrobial scale up for third party customers. The Center also has downstream separation equipment which is ideal for testing enhancements to the CST system, as well as the MSC™ technology. Green Plains expects the initial CST project at the York Innovation Center to begin production by the end Q1.
The York Innovation Center will also function as a platform to further develop Fluid Quip's MSC system to enhance protein concentration levels, increase yields and develop additional high-value proteins and yeasts. (Source: Green Plains, Website PR, 19 Jan., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gpreinc.com; Fluid Quip, 319-320-7709, www.fluidquiptechnologies.com
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The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.
The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.
The Airthena device, which uses a metal organic framework (MOF) that acts like a sponge to soak up CO2, could be adapted so that greenhouses capture their own CO2, or the CO2 could be used to feed algae for biofuel production or to make sustainable cement, according to the developers website.
The developers are in discussions with industry partners and investors, and hope to finalize plans to scale up the technology in the near future. (Source: Monash University, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2020)
Contact: Airthena - CSIRO, www.csiro.au/en/Do-business/Commercialisation/Marketplace/CO2Gen; Monash University, www.monash.edu
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BioStim is leading a consortium of small businesses as a part of a New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program which allows local small businesses to work with scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to map the conditions under which biostimulation enhances the growth rate and metabolism for several biological cultures involving algae and bacteria by means of microwave energy for use in the future development of alternative biofuels production and other applications.
AlgaStar Inc. and its participants won a $1 million Florida state, 20-month, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (REET) research grant in 2018. Participants included Florida A & M University , NASA at Kennedy Space Center, and ARA, a leading US R& D/engineering firm.
(Source: AlgaStar, PR, MENADN, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: AlgaStar Inc., BioSTim Inc., Matthew Ortega, (505) 795-5600, M.Ortega@AlgaStar.com, www.algastar.com
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Researchers are focusing on other microalgal candidates for their multiple biotechnological potentials and switchable polarity solvent (SPS) system based lipid extraction. SPS is an energy-efficient switchable solvent that can be recovered devoid of any thermal processes and can be reused as green solvent for algal lipid extraction. Metabolic engineering approaches can be used to escalate TAG accumulation for increasing biodiesel yield, and magnetic nanocomposite can be used for several cycles of algal dewatering, and its treated culture suspension can be reused to scale down the biodiesel production cost significantly. The group will now formulate a roadmap by which biodiesel can be produced commercially and can be put in an energy market sustainably, according to the release. (Source: National Institute of Technology, India Educational Diary, 24 Aug., 2020)
Contact: India National Institute of Technology, Dr. T. Mathimani, +91 172 509 0513, www.nitt.edu
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The 5 bpd, first-of-its-kind demonstration unit employs Euglena's isoconversion technology which was jointly developed by CLG and ARA, to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel out of an algae oil blend and waste vegetable oil.
Biofuels Isoconversion technology consists of hydrothermal conversion and hydroprocessing operations that convert waste fats, oils and greases into jet fuel and diesel that are virtually indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. This will result in more than 80 pct reductions in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum, once it is commercialized.
ReadiJet and ReadiDiesel, produced from the Biofuels Isoconversion technology, contain a uniform distribution of all hydrocarbon types observed in petroleum fuels, including aromatic, cycloparaffin, isoparaffin and normal paraffin compounds, and are able to be directly blended with petroleum fuels, according to the release.
(Source: Chevron Lummus Global , PR, 21 July, 2020) Contact: Chevron Lummus Global, 973-893-1515, www.chevronlummus.com; Applied Research Associates, www.ara.com; Euglena Co. Ltd. www.euglena.jp
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Mazda's role in the R&D effort is to provide technical support to the research into genome editing by Hiroshima University and plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
(Source: Mazda, ZigWheels, Mar., 2020) Contact: Mazda, www.mazda.com/en/inquiry
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Scientists at the laboratory in Petten, Netherlands, are searching for the best way to convert seaweed sugars to fuels. In some species, this can represent up to 60 pct of the plant. In the long term, researchers foresee the production of tons of ethanol and butanol and hope to cut the fuel production costs by 100 pct.
Download seaweed cultivation program details HERE.
(Source: MacroFuels, European Commission, euronews, Feb., 2020) Contact: MacroFuels, Jaap van Hal, Project Executive, +31(0) 88 5154297,
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According to the MSU report, if enough green algae could be produced to cover half the state of Maine, for example, it could supply enough "green oil" to replace all of the petroleum used in the United States right now. According to the US DOE, the U.S. has the capacity to produce 5 billion gallons of fuel from algae per year by the year 2030, at a cost of $2.50 per gasoline gallon equivalent. To that end, "algal biomass will need to be produced from large-scale farming operations, similar to agricultural crops," the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy said in a statement.
Cheng, a researcher with the Interdisciplinary Plant Group and director of Bioinformatic at MU, is adapting artificial intelligence to map the shapes and amino acids of proteins to help bioengineers change the structure of the algae and make it more less costly and more efficient for biofuel production.
Cheng's project Deep Learning Prediction of Protein Complex Structures was supported by $167,797 from the US DOE. (Source: University of Missouri, The Columbian, 23 Jan., 2020)
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The Euglens's Yokohama facility has a production capacity of 125 kiloliters per year (33,000 gpy) of jet biofuel and ASTM certified biodiesel, increasing to 250,000 kiloliters (66,000 gpy) by 2025.
Euglena has partnered with aviation group ANA Holdings with the aim of fueling ANA commercial international flights as well as to offer bio jet fuel to other air carriers departing Japanese airports. ANA will support euglena to develop the airport infrastructure to supply aircraft. (Source: Euglena, Nikkei, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: Euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, CEO, www.euglena.jp/en
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EOS uses algae-based chemical process technology to capture greenhouse gases. EOS Bioreactor optimizes the growing environment for algae and captures carbon dioxide equivalent to an acre of trees.
"Hypergiant Industries is the AI industrial complex for leading global enterprises and governments. We help major institutions innovate with breakthrough machine intelligence-driven technology. The solutions, products, and companies we create support our customers on their mission to speed beyond norms and realize an exploded potential of the future we were promised through AI," according to the company website.
(Source: Hypergiant, Mashable India, 17 Dec., 2019) Contact: Hypergiant, Daniel Haab, R&D Dir., (737) 808-4055, email@example.com,
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According to the release, TRC-Q currently has projects for analytical organic geochemistry and acid stimulation of wells to improve production, as well as flagship projects related to sustainable development, marine biodiversity biofuels and solar energy
Microalgae is a promising pathway to sustainable Biofuels and TRC-Q is working with QU and universities and research organisations in the Netherlands, France and China to explore biofuels, as an option for limiting transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release.
(Source: Total Research Centre-Qatar, Gulf Times, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Total, www.total.com/en; Total Research Centre-Qatar, Yousef al-Jaber, Dir., www.afaq.total.com
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The partnership supports the investigation into sustainable solutions to support the increasing global requirements for biofuels, lubricants, and raw materials, whilst capturing carbon dioxide.
According to TOTAL, algae are sustainable sources of biomass which can be used for a multitude of applications including biofuels production and CO2 sequestration using non-arable lands.
(Source: Qatar University, TOTAL, MENAFN, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: TOTAL Research Center Qatar University, Yousef Al Jaber, Director, +974 4403 3333, www.qu.edu.qa; TOTAL, Marie-Noelle Semeria, Snr. VP, Group CTO, https://fr.linkedin.com › marie-noëlle-semeria-859b8897, www.total.com
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Wageningen University Food and Biobased Research (WFBR) provides fundamental, strategic and applied research to enable rapid application of academic knowledge to the market. The Business Unit Biobased Products has a strong focus on primary streams of biomass and bio-residues to produce sustainable industrial raw materials, green chemicals and bio-energy. This is based on extensive experience and expertise in biomass conversion while addressing: biomass composition, availability and costs; physical, chemical and enzymatic pretreatment of biomass; microbial biochemistry, physiology and genomics, bioprocess technology and optimization of fermentation processes.
DLO-FBR will contribute to advanced pretreatment and fractionation to obtain sugars -- for biochemical conversion to fuels -- and the extraction, isolation and characterization of proteins as a feed source and biochemical conversions of sugar-rich fractions to fuels, according to the Wageningen University website.
(Source: Wageningen University, DutchNews.nl, 14 Nov., 2019) Contact: Wageningen University, Jaap van Hal, Researcher, +31 (0) 317 480100, www.wur.nl
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The global algae biofuel market study also comprises the detailed value chain analysis for providing a comprehensive view of the market. Moreover, the study also includes Porter's Five Forces model for algae biofuel, to understand the competitive landscape of the global market. The study includes a market attractiveness analysis of all the segments related to the market.
Algae Biofuel Market by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Methane, Jet Fuel, Biobutanol, Biogasoline, Green Diesel, and Others) and for Application (Transportation, Aerospace, and Other Applications): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2017 -2024 report details HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Oct. 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, 386-310-3803, www.zionmarketresearch.com
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The report covers crucial data associated with worldwide Algae Biofuel Market, highlights the newest technological developments and new launches, and other related developements that impact the algae biofuel market. According to the report the Algae Biofuel Market will will be valued at $9.88 billion by 2024.
Report details are HERE.
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The algae will be treated with high temperature and pressure to turn it into a biomass which can be converted into fuel. This process also destroys any toxins that might be in the biomass. While the process of extracting algae and turning it into fuel will not pay for itself, it could offset the cost of the process.
In the pilot program water flows through a container where "billions and billions" of microscopic air bubbles attach to the solids in the water and float the mass to the surface. The algae and cyanobacteria in the water column rise to the top of the tank. The algae is then skimmed off and fed into a cannister that allows the clear water to flow out into another container. The clear water is treated a second time with an ozone process that eliminates toxins, should any be present. The pilot program treats 100 gallons of algae laden water per minute but can be scaled up to treat 100 million gpd.
The Lake Okeechobee algae removal project is the second of three projects funded by the Corps. AECOM, a Los Angeles-headquartered global engineering company that specializes in algae removal is a co-investigator on the project. (Source: Immokalee Buletin, Aug., 2019) Contact: AECOM, Dan Levy, (213) 593 8000, www.aecom.com: US Army Corps of Engineers, Dr. Martin Page, Project Manager, 863-983-8101, www.usace.army.mil
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Under the title of Radiation Hormesis in the Service of Increasing Biomass Yields from Microalgae the project began in 2017, under the NATO programme Science for Peace and Security in cooperation with the University of Manchester, Baylor University in Texas, and UK-based Varicon Aqua Company which produces bioreactors and systems that grow microalgae.
The project is expected to be completed in August 2020.
(Source: University of Belgrade Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Serbian Monitor, 24 July, 2019) Contact: University of Belgrade Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Dr. Sonja Veljovic Jovanovic, Dir., +381-11/3555-258,
Fax: +381-11/3055-289, email@example.com,
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Launched in 2015, the Mede biorefinery can produce 500,000 tpy of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a premium biofuel, as well as biodiesel and biojet fuel for the aviation industry. The facility was specifically designed to process all types of oil. Its biofuels will be made: 60 to 70 pct from 100 pct sustainable vegetable oils (rapeseed, palm, sunflower, etc.), and 30 to 40 pct from treated waste (animal fats, cooking oil, residues, etc.).
As part of May, 2018 agreement with the French Government, Total has pledged to process no more than 300,000 tpy of palm oil -- less than 50 pct of the total volume of raw materials needed -- and at least 50,000 tpy of French-grown rapeseed, creating another market for domestic agriculture. All the oils processed will be certified sustainable to European Union standards.
Total is also examining different biomass conversion pathways, such as thermochemical, biotechnology and algae, and is
working in its own laboratories and via R&D partnerships with manufacturers, start-ups, universities and private laboratories, including BioTfueL, Novogy and Renmatix.
(Source: Total Website, PR, 3 July, 2018) Contact: Total, Investor Relations: +44 (0 )207 719 7962 l, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.total.com
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Jamsa examined various types of wastewater to determine the most suitable for cultivation of the types of algae which are best at producing bio fuel -- as well as clean up the wastewater itself -- and found "municipal wastewater" the best candidate. According to Jamsa, the algae are removed from wastewater systems then the algae's fat is separated and extracted then converted to fuel.
The researcher noted the best results for biodiesel production were found in green algae.
"The blue-green algae are not as effective as green algae because the carbohydrates in the blue-green algae are more easily converted into bio-ethanol, while the fats in green algae are more readily converted to biodiesel," he explained.
(Source: University of Turku, Svenska Yle, May, 2019)
Contact: University of Turku, +358 29 450 5000, www.utu.fi/en
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The Al Sharqiyah Algae Farm is expected to be one of the world's algae farms when fully operational in 2022.
(Source: Oman Daily Observer, 16 May, 2019) Contact: Feed Algae Ltd., https://ca.linkedin.com/company/feed-algae-limited
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The report divides the Algae Biofuel market into various regions -- North America, Middle-East a and Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America, and Europe-- as well as nationally.
The report benchmarks and profiles the Algae Biofuel industry leading players on the basis of product portfolio, manufacturing plants, market pricing, sales footprint, target customer types, etc.
Sample Report PDF HERE.
Complete TOC of the Report HERE. (Source: ICRWorld Research, Market News Live, May, 2019) Contact: ICRWorld Research, www.icrworld.com, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/icrworld
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One project, led by Dr Jin Xuan, a Senior Lecturer in Low Carbon Processes, will examine the role of e-biofuel in reducing emissions and increasing the sustainability of the road transport sector while enhancing renewable energy security. The research will examine the feasibility of a novel electrochemical process to produce biofuels while reusing the captured CO2.
The project will develop a new concept of e-biofuel which combines the advantages of both e-fuel (produced from renewable electricity and CO2) and biofuel (produced from biomass) to intensively decarbonise the road transport sector. It also provides Loughborough researchers with a new link to the Supergen Bioenergy Hub and the Department of Transport.
A second project led by Dr Tanja Radu, a Lecturer in Water Engineering, will research algae-based biomethane fuel purification and carbon sequestration. The project aims to develop and assess an innovative process for the simultaneous production of high-purity biomethane as a potential natural gas vehicle fuel, together with the sequestration of remaining biomass and biogas carbon into algal co-product and biochar.
The Supergen Bioenergy Hub at Aston University aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research and knowledge challenges associated with increasing the contribution of UK bioenergy to meet strategic environmental targets in a coherent, sustainable and cost-effective manner.
(Source: DfT, Loughborough University, East Midlands Business Link, 8 May, 2019) Contact: Loughborough University, www.lboro.ac.uk;
Supergen Bioenergy Hub, Professor Patricia Thornley, Dir., email@example.com, www.supergen-bioenergy.net
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The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:
This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere
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Muradel developed Green2Black, a proprietary way of producing biofuel from biosolids, algae and other sustainable feedstocks. The company's $10.5 million demonstration plant in Whyalla in a bid to commercialize the technology which received $4.5 million in grant funding from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and more than $500,000 in state and council funds. Unfortunately, production costs were prohibitive - the pilot plant produced oil from micro-algae at about $9.90 a litre against a projected cost of less than $1 a litre. The company also built five algae ponds to support research.
The business was established in 2010 by the University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and majority shareholder SQC Pty Ltd, which is solely funded by Aban Australia Pty Ltd. (part of the Ausker Group of Companies).(Source: Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Others, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Muradel, +61 8 8645 5683, www.muradel.com.au
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Gen3Bio has been accepted into two accelerator programs focused on advancing new environmentally friendly technologies -- the BREW in Milwaukee and Carbontech Labs in San Francisco.
The BREW accelerator, sponsored by The Water Council, focuses on fresh water, wastewater treatment and water treatment technologies.The BREW accelerator offers selected companies $50,000 in funds, connections to office and research space, and access to mentors. At the end of the program in June, Gen3bio, along with the other participants, will pitch their technologies to a panel of investors.
Gen3Bio received assistance from the Purdue Foundry, a startup accelerator that works with any Indiana-based company. The technology is patented and exclusively licensed from the University of Toledo.
(Source: Gen3Bio, Purdue News Service, 4 April, 2019) Contact: Gen3Bio, Kelvin Okamoto, firstname.lastname@example.org; Purdue Research Foundation, Tom Coyne, (765) 588-1044, email@example.com, www.prf.org
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According to the researchers, the development and commercialization of algae-to-fuel technology has not been developed further because the process by which the oils were extracted from the plants was too costly to be economically viable. However, the new technique developed by Dr. Mohanty and his colleagues may change all that.
"Typically when you take algae you have to go through this drying or dewatering step. What we decided is 'Well, what if I could just take the algae, feed it into this mixer and extract the bio-crude directly without using the energy needed to dewater it as in traditional methods?' Basically what we do is we have a solvent in one end and we have the algae with the water in another end and we shoot them into this little mixer at high velocities. What comes out is basically a slurry of stuff that if you let sit or put into a centrifuge, you can just pull the oil off and process it for fuel," Mohanty noted.
The fuels produced through this process burns cleaner than petroleum diesel in most ways and could potentially replace petroleum diesel in many vehicles,
(Source: University of Utah, Utah Public Radio, 4 April, 2019) Contact: University of Utah, Dr. Swomitra Kumar Mohanty,
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, (801) 587-7299,
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Yhe report also identifies and profiles markets and major industry players -- DIC Corporation, Cyanotech Corporation, Algaetech Group, TAAU Australia worldwide.
Review Global Microalgae Market Insights 2019-2027 report details
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PNNL leads the Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Verification (DISCOVR) project that employs the unique complementary capabilities of the four participating national laboratories -- Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratorie -- sand the outdoor testbed at the Arizona Center for Algal Technology and Innovation to identify and test high productivity microalgae strains for year-round outdoor cultivation. The goal is to provide a framework to accelerate meeting DOE's advanced biofuel goals with microalgae.
"A key cost driver for algae biofuels is productivity, which is directly tied to which algae strain is chosen and how it's cultivated," said Taraka Dale, a scientist at LANL. "By collaborating with industry and academia, we aim to bring together the best of the best strains and cultivation strategies to rapidly boost productivity and reduce costs."
"So far, we have tested more than 40 new microalgae strains and identified strains with up to 34 percent greater biomass productivity than benchmark strains," said Huesemann. "The success of the DISCOVR strain down selection and testing pipeline was demonstrated in 2018 by achieving more than 13 pct improvement in outdoor pond productivity relative to 2017, reducing the biomass selling price by about 10 pct."
The goal of the call for collaboration is to solicit algae strains, tools and techniques from the algae community to further boost algae productivity. This call gives industry and academia an opportunity to partner with the four national laboratories in DISCOVR, as well as AzCATI.
(Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Feb., 2019)
Contact: PNNL, Michael Huesemann, DISCOVR Consortium leader, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://discovr.labworks.org
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Despite promising technology surrounding the conversion of algae oil into biodiesel, the costs of supplying the algae with supplemental CO2 have hampered commercial production. Researchers now believe SLA-04, a recently discovered strain of algae, could be cultivated using only the ambient CO2 of the atmosphere. SLA-04 was discovered in an eastern Washington lake containing high levels of carbonate minerals similar to baking soda. In the lake's unique environment, these algae have been shown to metabolize ambient CO2 very efficiently.
Assoc. Prof. Blake Wiedenheft in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Agriculture and the College of Letters and Science, will explore the use of the genome editing technique called CRISPR for enhancing the algae's ability to produce the oils desired for biofuel production. (Source: Montana State University, PR, Feb., 2019) Contact: Montana State Univ., Prof. Brent Peyton, Director, MSU Thermal Biology Institute,
Prof. Robin Gerlach, Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, www.montana.edu
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The new council's membership includes businesses of varying sizes from across the United States that produce, distribute, or sell products or packaging from renewable biomass inputs as well as organizations that made related public sustainability commitments.
Members include Tate & Lyle, Georgia-Pacific, Archer Daniels Midland, and Cargill, Ingredion, WestRock-Multi Packaging Solutions, Stone Straw, Loliware, Visolis Biotechnology, Newtrient, Future iQ, Emerald Brands, Hemp Road Trip, Hemp Industries Association, and Tree Free Hemp.
The PBPC advisory board includes GreenBlue, Californians Against Waste, International Conservation Caucus Foundation, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Professor Ramani Narayan, of Michigan State University's Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science.
According to the council's website,
plant-based products are derived from sustainable biomass found on six continents. Feedstocks include agricultural residues, algae, bamboo, cassava, dent corn, palm leaf, rice husk, soybeans, sugar beet, sugarcane and wood. (Source: PBPC, Feb., 2019) Contact: PBPC, www.pbpc.com
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The proceeds will be used for the production of inventory, sales and marketing, equipment purchases, patenting costs and general working capital. (Source: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Solarvest Bioenergy Inc., Gerri Greenham, CEO,
(416) 420 0947, email@example.com, www.solarvest.com
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According to a statement, PKN ORLEN will use its existing refinery units in Płock and Litvínov to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale. The process consists of co-feeding vegetable oils or used fats with petroleum distillates into refinery units. The output diesel oil contains a bio-component -- hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).
The decision to take the co-hydrotreatment process to an industrial scale was prompted by the successful completion of a test run carried out in September 2018 under the CO-BIO project, partly financed with a grant under the Inno-Chem programme. (Source: PKN ORLEN, Petrol Plaza, Dec., 2018) Contact: PKN ORLEN, Armen Artwich, Member of the Management Board, www.orlen.pl
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Kelp, a species of macroalgae, is turned into a biofuel through a process called hydrothermal liquefaction. This involves drying the kelp, then processing the biomass in an extremely hot, pressurized and wet environment for long periods of time to allow the breakdown of the solid chemical structure to produce a biocrude which can be further distilled or processed into a fuel that can be used just like any petroleum-based fuel.
Researchers at Wrigley and partners at Marine BioEnergy Inc. have come up with an innovative open ocean "kelp elevator" to farm the massive amounts of kelp necessary for a commercialized fuel source. The current "kelp elevator" prototype models use PVC pipes in the ocean to grow and cycle kelp from the surface where the light is to the deep water where the nutrients are.
Under optimal conditions, giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera, which is used to generate a biofuel, can grow up to three feet per day without fresh water, fertilizer, pesticides or fertile land. These attributes make kelp a viable potential substitute for traditional fuels, as it can be sustainably farmed, harvested and converted into biofuel.
(Source: USC Wrigley Institute, Daily Trojan, 29 Nov., 2018) Contact: USC Wrigley Institute, Diane Kim, Associate Director , (310) 510-0811, www.usc.edu/wrigley; Marine BioEnergy Inc., www.marinebiomass.com
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(Source: Coherent Market Insights, Chemicals News, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: Coherent Market Insights, (206) 701-6702 - Seattle Office, +44-020 8133 4027 - UK Office,
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The two ASU teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School of Life Sciences and a member of the Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis, and Bruce Rittmann, director of Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology.
Both ASU projects are developing innovative approaches for improving the efficiency of microalgae to capture waste CO2 and convert it into biodiesel transportation fuels and other valuable products.
Rittmann will explore ways to make CO2 delivery to algae more efficient. Traditional methods involve sparging (bubbling) CO2 within the liquid used to grow the algae, which releases about 60-80 pct of the CO2 back into the atmosphere. This wasteful process defeats a major goal of using microalgae to remove this greenhouse gas from the atmosphere and decreases cost efficiency.
Rittmann's team developed a membrane carbonation process that uses inexpensive plastic fibers to deliver pure CO2 with nearly 100 pct efficiency directly to the microalgae. The team estimates that the technology will capture fourfold more CO2 than traditional sparging methods.
The team is partnering with the Salt River Project to develop methods for harvesting CO2 from power plant emissions. They are also partnering with the city of Mesa to remove CO2 from the biogas generated from anaerobic digesters at their wastewater treatment facilities. Rittmann's team will investigate whether the fibers can be used with microalgae to remove CO2 from the biogas, which would leave nearly pure methane which could be distributed through existing natural gas pipelines.
Vermaas and his team were awarded $2.5 million to pursue an innovative multi-pronged approach toward improved CO2 utilization.
One approach is to increase the solubility of carbon dioxide in growth medium by developing a nanobubble gas delivery system.. A second approach is to utilize amines in the medium, which greatly enhance the solubility of CO2, allowing the gas to be taken up by photosynthetic microbes for producing biofuel.
The researchers anticipate at least a 50 pct increase in the efficiency of CO2 use with advanced biofuel production under industrially relevant conditions.
(Source: ASU, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: ASU,
Prof. Bruce Rittmann, Dir. Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, (480) 727-8322,
www.biodesign.asu.edu/environmental-biotechnology; Willem Vermaas, ASU School of Life Sciences, 480-965-6250, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sols.asu.edu/willem-vermaas
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The Yokohama facility has a production capacity of 125 kiloliters of jet biofuel and ASTM certified biodiesel per year, increasing to 250,000 kiloliters per year by 2025.
The company has partnered with aviation group ANA Holdings with the aim of fueling their commercial international flights departing from Japan by 2020. Euglena is also planning to offer bio jet fuel to other companies taking off from Japan. ANA will support euglena to develop the airport infrastructure to supply aircraft. (Source: euglena, Nikkei, 3 Nov., 2018) Contact: euglena, Mitsuru Izumo, CEO, www.euglena.jp/en
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Mazda hopes an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration will be advantageous to its Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 development program which considers renewable liquid fuels essential to drastic CO2 reduction.
Mazda is lending technical support to research into genome editing by Hiroshima University and to the study of plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology. (Source: Mazda, Engine Technology, 31 Oct., 2918) Contact: Mazda, www.mazda.com/en/inquiry
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The project is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy in a collaborative effort to improve the cost-competitiveness and environmental sustainability of microalgae-based fuels and products. (Source: CSU, NREL, Various Media, Oct., 2018) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, email@example.com, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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When the desired type of algae is identified, the researchers will study how best to convert the algae into a highly efficient diesel. (Source: University of Michigan, Siver Telegram, Informator News, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, University of Michigan, Biology Prof. Bradley Cardinale, (734) 764-9689, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://seas.umich.edu/research/faculty/brad_cardinale, www.umich.edu
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According to University of Michigan Biology professor Bradley Cardinale, researchers are "one of the first teams in the world to go all the way from designing sustainable biofuel feedstocks in outdoor ponds, to refining fuel." Algae-based biofuels are seen as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional diesel fuels, which produce high levels of greenhouse gases when they burn. (Source: Univ. of Michigan, AP, witf, 7 Oct., 2018)
Contact: University of Michigan, University of Michigan, Biology Prof. Bradley Cardinale, (734) 764-9689, email@example.com, http://seas.umich.edu/research/faculty/brad_cardinale
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