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UK Center for Applied Energy Research algae press conference

UK Center for Applied Energy Research algae press conference

The video features a press conference to announce a partnership with UK and East Kentucky Power Cooperative's Dale power station in Winchester, Ky. to demonstrate CAER and the UK Department…

Algae Carbon Capture at the University of Kentucky

Algae Carbon Capture at the University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky researchers are looking at the potential of using waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae, which can then be processed into value-added…

Low cost photo biorector system for cultivation of Micro Algae

Low cost photo biorector system for cultivation of Micro Algae

Srinivas Gogineni's technology is a photo bioreactor for the cultivation of microalgae. The photo bioreactor is fully automated, low power and very low cost to manufacture. The automated monitoring of…

India's First Micro Algae Biodiesel Vehicle

India's First Micro Algae Biodiesel Vehicle

India witnessed the test-drive of the country’s first vehicle running on B-100 biodiesel produced from marine microalgae on March 30th, 2012. The 200 kms test drive was successful and though…

Volkswagen partners with Amyris and Solazyme

Volkswagen partners with Amyris and Solazyme

Volkswagen will work with Solazyme and Amyris to evaluate emissions reductions and to demonstrate the performance of TDI® Clean Diesel Technology when powered by advanced biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel.…

Research at Montana State University for algal biofuel

Research at Montana State University for algal biofuel

Biofuels are a broad assortment of fuels that in one way or another come from renewable biomass. With oil price increases, depletion of petroleum reserves, and a need for energy…


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UK Center for Applied Energy Research algae press conference

UK Center for Applied Energy Research algae press conference

The video features a press conference to announce a partnership with UK and East Kentucky Power Cooperatives Dale power station in Winchester, Ky. to demonstrate CAER and the UK Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineerings process of using algae to capture CO2 and convert it to biomass from coal-burning power plants.

This breakthrough carbon-capture technology is being funded by $1.3 million from the Kentucky Energy and Environment cabinet, $543,633 from UK and $75,000 of in-kind costs from the EKPC to demonstrate the process at EKPC for the next two years.

The smaller-scale project began in a commercial-scale greenhouse at CAER and has been refined for the last three years. Researchers are looking at the potential of using waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae, which can then be processed into value-added products like biodiesel, animal feed, fertilizer, and chemicals.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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Algae Carbon Capture at the University of Kentucky

Algae Carbon Capture at the University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky researchers are looking at the potential of using waste CO2 and heat from a coal-fired power plant to cultivate algae, which can then be processed into value-added products like biodiesel, animal feed, fertilizer, and chemicals. This breakthrough carbon-capture technology is being funded by $1.3 million from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, $543,633 from UK and $75,000 of in-kind costs from the East Kentucky Power Cooperative to demonstrate the process at EKPCs Dale Power Station for the next two years.

Topics: Algae Fuels ,CO2 Sequestration

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Low cost photo biorector system for cultivation of Micro Algae

Low cost photo biorector system for cultivation of Micro Algae

Srinivas Goginenis technology is a photo bioreactor for the cultivation of microalgae. The photo bioreactor is fully automated, low power and very low cost to manufacture. The automated monitoring of the Green Cell Biotech photobioreactors gives the operator better control over bio-cultural conditions, such as pH, light intensity, CO2 and temperature.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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India's First Micro Algae Biodiesel Vehicle

India's First Micro Algae Biodiesel Vehicle

India witnessed the test-drive of the country’s first vehicle running on B-100 biodiesel produced from marine microalgae on March 30th, 2012.

The 200 kms test drive was successful and though the current cost of the fuel is at Rs 175 per litre, the government expects that the fuel price will come down to Rs 75 per litre.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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Volkswagen partners with Amyris and Solazyme

Volkswagen partners with Amyris and Solazyme

Volkswagen will work with Solazyme and Amyris to evaluate emissions reductions and to demonstrate the performance of TDI® Clean Diesel Technology when powered by advanced biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel. Under these agreements, Volkswagen will provide both the companies with 2 products each- a 2012 Passat TDI and the 2012 Jetta TDI, which will be closely examined for the effects of the fuels produced by Amyris and Solazyme.

Amyris produces fuel from plant-sourced sugars which can be converted into renewable hydrocarbons while Solazyme uses microalgae to produce fuel. The evaluation will go on for 12 months which will aid Volkswagen in the ongoing enhancement of TDI Clean Diesel technology and help the brand to develop more efficient, cleaner burning diesel powertrains for future products.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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Research at Montana State University for algal biofuel

Research at Montana State University for algal biofuel

Biofuels are a broad assortment of fuels that in one way or another come from renewable biomass. With oil price increases, depletion of petroleum reserves, and a need for energy independence, renewable biofuels are gaining increased public and scientific attention.

Biodiesel is currently made from animal fat and vegetable oils through a process called transesterification. Often it is made from recycled grease, but these oil sources are limited, and new more efficient methods of renewable oil and hydrocarbon production are needed.

At Montana State University, the students and faculty are working with a number of federal agencies and private industry to develop advanced methods for third generation renewable biofuels that will lead the way to increased energy independence. Specifically, the interdisciplinary research is focused on discovery, growth, and characterization of novel microbial strains and on developing a fundamental understanding of the metabolic machinery that leads these organisms to produce renewable fuels and feedstocks.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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NMSU working to develop aviation fuel made from algae

NMSU working to develop aviation fuel made from algae

New Mexico State Universitys first Research Rally was celebrated Dec. 3 in recognition of a $2.3 million grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory that will support university research into the development of aviation fuel made from algae. The project is part of the universitys new Algal Bioenergy Program, which guides the university-wide research and economic development opportunities related to algae-based biofuels.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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Algae Fuel Could Become Inexpensive Alternative

Algae Fuel Could Become Inexpensive Alternative

Spain based BFS- Biofuel Systems, pumps CO2 into tubes filled with liquid algae from seawater and with the help of sunlight and a patented industrial process, converts algae into oil- a process that is almost like enhanced photosynthesis.

BFS calls this an inexpensive and sustainable way to produce fuel. The CO2 is captured from a nearby cement factory. 98% of the extracted biomass can be refined into gasoline or other fuels. The remaining 2% can be used for pharmaceutical or cosmetic industries.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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The Life of Algae

The Life of Algae

This short video takes a look at the cultivation of algae from Sapphire Energy’s San Diego lab in microscopic images, to petri dishes, to flasks, and then outside in the Las Cruces, New Mexico facility and into 14, 40, 100 and half-acre ponds. This is the path that many thousands of strains have taken as Sapphire Energy refines its library of commercial strains that will be used in the Green Crude Farm or Integrated Algal BioRefinery (IABR) now under construction in Columbus, NM. At the Green Crude Farm, the worlds first commercial demonstration scale algae-to-energy facility, algae will be cultivated in even larger ponds, over 2 acres in size.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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Pond Scum To The Rescue: A Look Behind Obama’s Support of Algae

Pond Scum To The Rescue: A Look Behind Obama’s Support of Algae

Algae is EVERYWHERE: It is one of the most abundant, productive and diverse species on Earth. With over thousands of strains of algae, what we should be looking for are strains that are obese and contain a lot of oil- indeed some strains have oil up to half its body weight.

Without roots, branches, seeds or leaves, algae doesn’t need specific structures to hold them upright. Algae’s only desire is to be an efficient cellular power factory, using photosynthesis to convert CO2 and sunlight into energy.

Algae takes up far less land than soy or corn to create the same amount of oil. And best of all- Algae isn’t a snob- it can be found hanging out anywhere- salt water, waste water, rivers, lakes, or even bird baths!

Algae-based biofuels have come down dramatically in cost over the decades, from hundreds of dollars per gallon to between $8 and $30 a gallon. However, companies reaching commercial scale still haven’t inched over the last few yards to achieve cost parity with petroleum-based fuels. Experts don’t expect the resource to play a major role in our fuel mix for another 5-10 years.

But there’s a lot of fascinating research happening the field today, and companies are closer than ever to cracking the code. Even though algae fuels won’t have an immediate impact, this film illustrates why mocking the President for supporting innovative alternatives to petroleum is just silly.

Topics: Algae Fuels

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