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UK Starts World’s Largest Algae Biofuel Initiative

Great Britain hopes that algae-based biofuels can reduce automotive and aviation emissions by 2030, and cut overall emissions by 80% by 2050. [social_buttons] While food-based biofuels are taking the heat for rising food prices, other solutions – like algae – are gaining a more serious following. For example, the UK’s Carbon Trust has announced plans […]

October 23rd

China Shows Green Aspirations With New Algae Biodiesel Facility

After its successful launch of the first commercial scale algae biodiesel plant in the U.S., PetroSun is setting its sights on a new partnership to develop an algae biofuel facility in China. [social_buttons] Shanghai Jun Ya Yan Technology Development Company has developed an agreement with PetroSun whereby it will provide $40 million (US) for the […]

October 1st

New Facility Uses Algae to Turn Coal Pollution Into Fuel

A coal fired power-plant in Oregon has started a pilot project to curb pollution by using algae to harvest greenhouse gases and make fuel and other useful products. [social_buttons] The power plant in Boardman, Oregon, is the state’s only coal-fired facility — and also the the state’s largest single emitter of carbon dioxide. To deal […]

September 29th

Bill Gates invests in The Great Green Hope – Algae Fuel

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution from Adam Shake. Bill Gates has his hands in the green again, but this time, it’s algae.  His Investment Firm, Cascades Investments LLC, along with the Rockefeller family’s venture capital firm Venrock, the WellcomeTrust, and Arch Venture Partners have invested a total of 100 million dollars in Sapphire […]

September 18th

Aquaflow Strikes Oil with “Green Crude” from Algae

Editor’s note: This post is a guest contribution by Adam Shake. Do you remember going to the local pond or lake as a kid and swimming around without a care in the world?  Do you remember the feel of the algae between you’re toes?  Well if New Zealand company Aquaflow Bionomic has anything to say […]

September 16th

Different Algae for Different Strokes

One of the big advances we’ve seen in moving towards a renewable future is in the field of biofuels. And one of the sources of biofuels currently being studied is algae. It grows on your pond, or at the lake near your house, but it might also one day keep your car running and your […]

August 28th

Solazyme Makes First Algae Diesel to Meet Strict US Standard

Solazyme announced today that they have produced the first 100% algae-based renewable diesel to meet the strict American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D-975 specifications. Called Soladiesel(RD)™, it is the world’s first 100% algal diesel blend to meet these standards. The company has road-tested Soladiesel(RD)™ in a factory standard 2005 diesel Jeep Liberty with […]

June 11th

How Green Are Biofuels? Comparison Chart [PIC]

Biofuels are increasingly lumped into a single category of environmentally apocalyptic dead-end solutions. As the food vs. fuel debate rages on, it’s no wonder that the general public believes this. But not all biofuels are created equal, as the chart above illustrates (click the image to see full size). It’s one of the best depictions […]

May 8th

CARS and Micro-Algae Turn Hydrocarbons into Fuels, Fertilizers and Food

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/yx3qonMjrnU” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Those cute little creatures shown in the video are represent what may be the future of carbon sequestration. CARS is the acronym for Carbon Algae Recycling System, it’s a system under development in Canada to clean up tailing ponds and greenhouse gas emissions left by the Alberta Tar Sands […]

May 6th

First Heavy-Duty Diesel Powered By Algae Biodiesel, Solazyme's "Soladiesel"

It looks like Solazyme will be making algal biodiesel for the US military, after a test-drive demonstrated the fuel’s superior cold-weather properties when compared to commercially-available biodiesel. Former Director of Central Intelligence and Under-Secretary of the Navy R. James Woolsey tested the fuel himself by driving to the Worldwide Energy Conference & Trade Show in […]

April 17th

Ethanol from Cheese?

There’s always a better whey. A Wisconsin cheese producer, Joe Van Groll of Stratford, Wisconsin, has a way with whey. For nearly a decade, Van Groll experimented using the waste product of cheese manufacturing, whey permeate, to manufacture ethanol. During the past four years, he’s been doing just that, and believes his process can produce […]

April 9th

Smokestacks Make Biofuels

Would I put you on? It’s true, algae-based biofuels are being produced from CO2 emitted from smokstacks. It’s happening through a company called GreenFuel, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. GreenFuel has been partnering with Arizona Public Service Company to create biofuels from algae grown using carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a power plant. The companies successfully […]

April 8th

Algae Could Be Major Hydrogen Fuel Source

[social_buttons] While the first algae-to-biofuels facility went online today, scientists at Argonne National Labs are manipulating the photosynthetic super-organism for another use: creating hydrogen. Algae grows prolifically in adverse conditions, and can store large amounts of oils or starches useful for making biodiesel or ethanol. But some strains also use an enzyme called hydrogenase to […]

April 1st

First Algae Biodiesel Plant Goes Online: April 1, 2008

PetroSun has announced it will begin operation of its commercial algae-to-biofuels facility on April 1st, 2008. The facility, located in Rio Hondo Texas, will produce an estimated 4.4 million gallons of algal oil and 110 million lbs. of biomass per year off a series of saltwater ponds spanning 1,100 acres. Twenty of those acres will […]

March 29th

Cellulosic Ethanol Sugar Diverted to Algae Biodiesel Production

Note: See the precursor to this post, BREAKING NEWS: First Cars Run on Algae Biodiesel; Breakthrough Production Possible. Today I had a few minutes to speak with Harrison Dillon, President and CTO of Solazyme. But with all the publicity around the film Fields of Fuel (see earlier post), I didn’t have much of a chance […]

January 25th

Chevron Backs Solazyme's Algae Biodiesel Production Process (+Video)

It’s been a big week for biofuel breakthroughs and new partnerships. While photographing the algae biodiesel cars outside Fields of Fuel yesterday, insiders I spoke with alluded to big news: I just learned that Chevron will be backing Solazyme to produce algae biodiesel (East Bay Business Times): Chevron Corp. is accelerating its research into biofuel […]

January 22nd