Open Image…Save ImageOpen Image (using #TmpD/ia)… University of Bonn now have shown cyanobacteria – colloquially called blue-green algae – can produce oil from water and carbon dioxide with the help of light. The result is unexpected. Until now, it was believed that this ability was limited to plants. Now its possible that blue-green algae will also become interesting as suppliers […]

Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc.and they have patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. The partnership is to help HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. We might not cook with […]

Scientists from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. The discovery shines new light on the complex metabolic network for carbon utilization in […]

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 […]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists have discovered that Cyanothece 51142, a type of bacteria also called blue-green algae, draws on a second source of energy, using sunlight and water directly to make hydrogen. Researchers already knew that 51142 makes hydrogen by drawing upon sugars that it has stored during growth. Finding that the organism […]

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