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, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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LanzaTech proposes to demonstrate the MBR by producing ethanol from the off-gas of forestry-residue pyrolysis in Alberta, with extended benefits for converting other resources such as industrial waste gases and agricultural residues using LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform.
This project takes a major step towards creating value from new waste resources, such as gasified agricultural residues, and serving hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as aviation (jet fuel from ethanol) and consumer goods (materials from fermentation-derived chemicals), according to Emissions Reductions Alberta.(Source: Emissions Reductions Alberta, News Website, 12 Mar., 2019)
Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068, email@example.com, www.eralberta.ca; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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Demand for sustainably produced wines has increased over the past five to 10 years, according to research group Wine Opinions.
The new Silver Oaks winery employs: "membrane bioreactors" that treat water used in the winemaking processes for a 4,700 gpd savings; more than 2,500 solar panels with battery energy storage capacity equal to 5 pct of the facility's energy requirements.
Silver Oak earned credits toward certification by using salvaged, recycled and locally sourced materials to meet significant percentages of building costs. Silver Oak will also submit to auditing for the Living Building Challenge, a rigorous sustainable-design certification program for which a building must demonstrate it meets its performance goals over 12 months
(Source: Silver Oak Cellars, Wine Spectator, 17 July, 2018) Contact: Silver Oak Cellars, www.silveroak.com: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.
For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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The algae project is the company's first move into the food, pharma, and cosmetics industries.
BDI-BioEnergy is focused on the production of biodiesel from a range of raw materials, including animal fats, cooking oil, and vegetable oil, using its Multi-Feedstock' process.
(Source: BDI-BioEnergy, Labiotech, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International, +43 316 400 9100, www.bdi-bioenergy.com
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Technology is presently being developed that can take waste products such as methane and use them to produce fuel and other valuable products, while reducing pathogen levels and greenhouse gas emissions.
As part of his research, Lens will focus on finding new marine bacteria for potential energy generation, developing mathematical models for bioenergy production, creating new bioreactor configurations and then turning these ideas into a working product.
Lens will collaborate nationally with research teams in NUI Galway, the MaREI and Beacon research centres, and the Energy and Dairy Processing Technology Centres.
(Source: NUI Galway, Silicon Republic, 13 Nov., 2017)
Contact: NUI Galway, Prof. Piet Lens, +353 91 524 411, www.nuigalway.ie
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In the new technology, a single algal cell is captured in a droplet of water encapsulated by oil then millions of algal droplets squeeze onto a chip about the size of a quarter. Each droplet is a "micro-bioreactor", a highly controlled environment in which algal cells can grow and replicate for several days, forming a genetically homogenous colony that goes through its typical biological reactions, including the production of lipids.
The researchers first validated the chip system with algae known to grow faster or slower, or produce more or less lipid. They then screened 200,000 chemically mutated cells, identifying six mutants with both faster growth and higher lipid content. The screening, done on-chip, uses fluorescence detection of chlorophyll, representing total cell mass, and BODIPY, a fluorescent molecule that binds to lipids. All mutants with potential for improved growth or lipid production were recovered and verified off-chip.
The tools for improving throughput are already in development, including larger chips that can screen millions of droplets in one experiment.
With the discovery and development of much more efficient algal strains, commercial-scale production of biofuel from algae may finally be a realistic promise.
The research was supported by the National Science Foundation. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Plant Direct, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cornell Univ., George Lowery, (607) 255-2171, email@example.com, www.cornell.edu; Texas A&M, Arum Han , (979) 845-9686;
Boyce Thompson Institute, (607) 254-1234, https://btiscience.org
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The organizations selected include:
"Methane is a biofuel commonly used in electricity generation and is produced by fermenting organic material. The process can traditionally take anywhere from weeks to months to complete, but with my collaborators from Europe and Australia we've discovered a new biomass pre-treatment technique that can cut that production time nearly in half," Prof. Eskicioglu claims.
Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste -- including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark -- Eskicioglu compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique and found that Douglas fir bark in particular could produce methane 172 pct faster than before, Eskicioglu says.
The new process pre-treats the initial organic material with carbon dioxide at high temperatures and pressures in water before the whole mixture is fermented. The new pre-treatment process uses equipment and materials that are already widely available at an industrial scale, so retrofitting existing bioreactors or building new miniaturized ones could be done cheaply and easily.
In addition to producing biogas faster and cheaper, Eskicioglu says her new technique may also make methane production safer, Eskicioglu explains.
(Source: University of British Columbia Okanagan , Public Relase,
Contact: UBC Okanagan School of Engineering. Assoc. Prof., Cigdem Eskicioglu, Nathan Skolski
Associate Director, Public Affairs , (250) 807-9926 , firstname.lastname@example.org
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The UK grant was one of seven projects to receive a total of $5.9 million for similar CO2 utilization projects.
CO2 to Bioplastics: Beneficial Re-Use of Carbon Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants Using Microalgae, the University of Kentucky project is led by Mark Crocker, CAER associate director and chemistry professor.
The UK CAER team has become a global leader in developing technology to capture carbon dioxide from coal-fired flue gas using microalgae, with subsequent conversion of the resulting algal biomass to bioplastics, biochemicals and biofuels. The CAER team will investigate a combined photobioreactor/pond cultivation process to decrease the cost of algae cultivation while developing a strategy to maximize value from the algal biomass.
(Source: University of Kentucky, gasworld, 1 March 2017)Contact: University of Kentucky, Prof. Mark Crocker, (859) 257-0295, email@example.com, http://www.caer.uky.edu/biofuels/home.shtml; US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
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The project is being pursued at various laboratories in five stages as follows: In Tier I, scientists in Sequim and New Mexico test up to 30 different algae strains to see how weather tolerant they are and the top third will go to Tier II.
In Tier II, Sequim houses a unique climate-simulating system called Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator (LEAPS) that simulates climates and seasons around the world inside glass cylinder photobioreactors. Two other labs will evaluate the algae to determine it value and other potential uses that could make algae biofuel production more cost-effective. Scientists also will research how resilient certain algae strains are to predators, like protozoans, and other competing algae.
In Tier III, researchers in New Mexico will further test top-performing algae strains, which includes forcing cells to grow faster or generate more oils, using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques.
In Tier IV, algae strains will travel to outdoor ponds in Arizona to compare biomass output with earlier steps.
In Tier V, scientists will study the algae strains that performed the best in different lighting and temperature conditions. Study data will be added to PNNL's Biomass Assessment Tool to help researchers generate maps that illustrate the expected biomass productivity of each algae species grown in outdoor ponds nationwide. Laboratory officials said work that could stem from this project includes converting harvested algae into biofuels, examining operational changes such as crop rotation to further increase biomass growth and assessing the technical feasibility and economic costs of making biofuel from algae selected through this process.
Algae project details are HERE. (Source: PNNL, Sequim Gazette, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: PNNL: Marine Sciences Laboratory, (360) 683-4151, marine.pnnl.gov
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The report finds that algae costs more per unit than other biofuel crops but is claimed to yield 10 to 100 times more fuel per unit area. In 2014, the prices of oil were between US $ 56 to US $ 120 per barrel. The cost of producing micro algal biomass in 2014 was $2.95/kg through photo bioreactors. If the annual biomass production capacity is increased to 1000 tons then the cost will reduce to $1.5/kg for a litre of crude oil.
The extraction of biofuels from algae is largely dependent on organic solvents such as benzene. The companies that are working on innovating algal biofuel technology are Algenol Biofuels Inc., Blue Marble Productions, Solazyme Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., Diversified Technologies Inc., Origin Oils Inc., Proviron Industries nv, Oilgae and Genifuel Corporation.
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The project uses a 25,000-liter photobioreactor within a pilot-scale algal biorefinery to recycle CO2 and other airborne industrial pollutants into algal biomass that can be further converted into renewable biofuels and biomaterials. The process being deployed by NRC experts and its partners is designed to rapidly recycle carbon dioxide and other airborne industrial emissions into biomass through photosynthesis.
(Source: Natural Resources Canada, 3 Nov., 2016) Contact: National Research Council of Canada, (877) 672-2672, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng; Pond Technologies.
Steven Martin, CEO, (416) 287-3835, http://pondtechnologiesinc.com
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