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Enzyme discovery reveals how green microalgae produces large amounts of liquid hydrocarbons

Botryococcus braunii, a green microalgae found in freshwater ponds and lakes around the world, is a promising biofuel feedstock candidate. It produces large amounts of liquid hydrocarbons that can be converted into fuels, but it also grows very slowly, so is not currently considered to be economically viable as a biofuel producer. Scientists at Texas A&M AgriLife have been...
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Another step closer to finding key to converting algae to biofuel

Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences believe that they may have found a key “transcription factor”, known as ROC40, for the conversion of algal into biofuel. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a UF/IFAS professor of horticultural sciences said “Our discovery about the ROC40 protein suggests that it may be increasing the expression of genes...
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Are you interested in the opportunities presented by algae as a source of biofuel?

The   International Conference on  Marine Biomass as Renewable Energy , being held on 3-4 March 2016 in Glasgow, has announced an exciting programme of keynote presentations by high profile speakers and six sessions packed with the latest research findings. Registration is due to close on Tuesday 16th February, so register today to ensure that you don't miss out...
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Single cell algae’s genome may aid biofuel production

The draft genome sequence of Chrysochromulina tobin , a haptophyte algae, has recently been reported in the journal PLOS Genetics . Microalgae such as C. tobin can play an important role in carbon sequestration and are an important link in the aquatic food chain.  It is hoped that a better understanding of haptophytes could reveal them as an important new tool for aquaculture,...
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Working towards sustainable aviation biofuels from microalgae - could you be part of the solution?

Aviation is one of the fastest growing transport sectors with an expected annual growth of 5% annually up to 2050. With this in mind, the European Commission, Airbus and high-level representatives from industry have launched the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath . The roadmap aims to deliver 2 million tons of sustainable biofuels by 2020, including biofuels derived...
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Microalgae for Aviation Biofuels, 24 November 2015 at Birmingham Airport

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG) is organising a free one-day workshop on Algae as a Tool in Ecosystem Services: Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels on 24th November 2015 at Birmingham Airport .   Opportunities for microalgae in aviation biofuels The objective of this workshop is to bring together key stakeholders - from microalgae...
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Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels Workshop on 24th November - Register now

Register now for Algae as a Tool in Ecosystem Services: Microalgae to Aviation Biofuels , Tuesday 24th November 2015 at Birmingham Airport - a free one-day workshop brought to you by the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (ABSIG). Industry and senior academics are invited to submit an abstract (deadline 9th October) to present a 5 minute ‘pitch’ or book an exhibition stand. ...
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New method for converting algal oil into transportation fuels

A new method of converting squalene, which is produced by microalgae, to gasoline or jet fuel, has been developed by the research group of Prof. Keiichi Tomishige and Dr. Yoshinao Nakagawa from Tohoku University's Department of Applied Chemistry, and Dr. Hideo Watanabe from the University of Tsukuba. This study is part of a research project titled "Next-generation Energies for Tohoku...
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Algae from clogged waterways could serve as biofuels and fertilizer

Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists at a meeting of the American Chemical Society have reported that they are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products. The algae could serve as a feedstock for biofuels, and the feedstock leftovers could be recycled back into...
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Researchers produce two biofuels from a single algae

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual and untapped class of chemical compounds in the algae to...
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Rapid heating technique gives high yields of bio-oils from kelp

A Norwegian research group have reported that they have achieved bio-oil yields of 79% from sugar kelp ( Laminaria saccharina ) – an improvement on the yields closer to 20% obtained by other researchers working with the same species. They used a technique called fast hydrothermal liquefaction to rapidy heat the kelp and bring it to the optimum temperature to produce bio-oil. “What...
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Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup. The research by engineers at the Department of Energy's  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory  was reported recently in the journalAlgal Research. A biofuels company, Utah-based Genifuel Corp.,...
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EU Parliment Backs Switch Over to Advanced Biofuels

The EU Parliment has backed the switch over from first generation biofuels to those from alternative soucres including seaweed. This is with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture land used for the production of biofuels. More information can be found at link
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Hardy algae species shows promise for reducing power plant pollution and making biofuel

A hardy algae species is showing promise in both reducing power plant pollution and making biofuel, based on new research at the University of Delaware. The microscopic algae  Heterosigma akashiwo  grows rapidly on a gas mixture that has the same carbon dioxide and nitric oxide content as emissions released from a power plant. “The algae thrive on the gas,” said Kathryn...
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Algal Biotechnology Industry Roadmap Report Published

The UK has significant academic expertise, which could help increase industry capacity to culture and extract products from algae in an economic and environmentally sustainable manner. Last year, two stakeholder roadmapping workshops were held to gauge current and future opportunities conducive to creating a sustainable and robust algal biotechnology...
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Algal SPARK Awards- Apologies for the slight delay

For those who don't know _connect is about to be updated. This has meant a slight delay in the uploading of documentation for the Algal SPARKS on to the website and currently we are unable to accept online submissions to the  competition. Any issues with _connect will hopefully be solved within the next week. In order not to add to the delay further if you follow the  link ...
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NERC AB SIG Knowledge Exchange Fellow

After serving a successful year as the AB SIG KE Fellow Joanne Pitt has a new full time post at SAMS as their KE manager so the AB SIG is seeking a new KE fellow for the next 2 years. The post requires a whole systems, interdisciplinary approach to Algal Bioenergy and the ability to transfer knowledge from all relevant academia, Centres and units into industry.   The KE Fellow...
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New strain of yellow-green algae could be source of biofuel production

A new strain of yellow-green algae, heterococcus sp. DN1, which may prove to be an efficient source for biodiesel, has been discovered in the snow fields of the Rocky Mountains. Research examining this new alga, published in Biotechnology Progress, reveals that H. sp. DN1 was found to grow at temperatures approaching freezing and to accumulate large intracellular stores of lipids. H. sp. DN1...
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Algal Industry Roadmap Launch and Algal SPARK Awards

We are pleased to confirm the following speakers at the Roadmap Launch event on the 3rd June. Prof Mike Cowling, the Chief Scientific Officer of The Crown Estate will give a brief introduction to the Roadmap followed by a more in-depth analysis by the roadmap authors Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley and Dr Brenda Parker from Adapt. The programme also includes talks from a range of different...
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Programme for UK Algal Industry Roadmap and SPARK Awards launch confirmed

The programme for the launch event for the Algal Industry Roadmap and SPARK Awards,which is a free event and is due to take place on the 3rd June in London, has now been confirmed. The event will take the following format   1.00pm Registration and lunch 2.00pm Introduction from the AB SIG Funders - Chris Franklin (NERC) and Merlin Goldman (TSB) 2.15pm ...
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Algal Technologies Industry Roadmap and SPARK Award Launch

The Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB SIG), following two successful Roadmap Events in 2012, will launch its the Algal Technologies Industry Roadmap Report at an event on Monday 3rd June 2013. Together with the Report a series of SPARK Awards will also be announced. The Event is free to attend and will be held at the Ironmongers Hall, Shaftesbury Place, London starting at 1.00...
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Biofuel from Waste- Meet the Scottish Biofuel Programme

The Scottish Biofuel Programme works directly with Scottish businesses to develop opportunities for the conversion of low value biomass into bioenergy and sustainable fuels.   This event- supported by Green Business Fife- is for businesses interested in the opportunities to generate high value biofuels from low value process residues. It will introduce the Scottish Biofuels...
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Aircraft Biofuels

Biofuels Digest , Jim Lane , January 10, 2013 And there was the hope — especially at airlines — that strategic investors and lenders would jump into the financing of the first commercial fuel projects. That was, as the saying goes, then. Now – it’s all about organizing sustainable, affordable feedstock and building capacity. And, airlines providing...
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Webinar on funding opportunities for Industrial Biotech & SynBio

This KTN webinar provided an update on the upcoming funding opportunities for industrial biotechnology & synthetic biology, with particular focus on the remit of each competition and where applications are likely to fit best. 

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