Rice University scientists found they could grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90% of nitrates and more than 50% of phosphorous from wastewater. The study is one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels. Wastewater treatment facilities currently have […]

Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have found an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in an algae species to synthesize two different fuel products, in parallel, a from the single algae. The algae is a common algae commercially grown to make fish food that […]

Khanh-Quang Tran, an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Department of Energy and Process Engineering turns 79% of kelp into bio-oil. Kelp, also known as seaweed, offers all of the advantages of a biofuel feedstock with the additional benefit of growing, not surprisingly, in the ocean. Tran conducted preliminary studies […]

Researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered an enzyme that digests cellulose almost twice as fast as the current leading enzyme on the market. NREL researchers first discovered the enzyme in a microorganism found in the Valley of Geysers on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in 1990.  The team’s paper “Revealing Nature’s […]

Engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae.  The new design could bring algae to a more market ready status. The research results have been published in the journal Algal Research. A biofuels company, […]

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