Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently maturing in days instead of weeks. The development makes algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. The team’s research has been published in the journal Algal Research. Researchers would like to produce algae efficiently because of its potential environmental benefits. Oil […]

A team led by Concordia University engineering professor Muthukumaran Packirisamy describe their new invention as a power cell that harnesses electrical energy from the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae. The study paper has been published in the journal Technology. Packirisamy explains, “Both photosynthesis and respiration, which take place in plant’s cells, involve electron transfer […]

UniVerve Ltd. (UniVerve), an Israeli company, has developed a scalable technology and production process combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from biomass. Their results show an ability to offer high quality feedstock for various industries at a highly competitive price. UniVerve has begun scaling-up its […]

Researchers in France have proven for the first time the viability of bioasphalt, demonstrating its close similarity to the “real” asphalt used to pave roads. (The press release is a pdf file) The micro algae offer a highly promising alternative to petroleum products without competing for resources used in the food industry. The group’s research […]

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 […]

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