Pond Biofuels Microalgae Biomass Project Cleared

A microalgae biomass project  proposal submitted by Pond Biofuels under the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) on Clean Development and Climate programme has been given the go-ahead.

The approved project includes funding in support of its biomass from microalgae demonstration plant at St. Marys, Ontario as well as a feasibility study to assess the suitability of its technology to the cement industry in China.

APP partners have shown interest in energy security, national air pollution reduction, and climate change in ways that promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction.

This is heartening news. Clean, sustainable energy with no carbon footprint is being promoted.


NASA backs Omega system

NASA ,the U.S. space agency has thrown its weight behind a clever method of growing algae in wastewater for the purpose of making biofuel.

The OMEGA system consists of algae grown in flexible plastic bags floating offshore, where cities typically dump their wastewater. Oil-producing freshwater algae would naturally clean the wastewater by feeding on nutrients in the sewage. The cleansed freshwater could then release into the ocean through forward-osmosis membranes in the sides of the plastic bags.

Trenta bioengineer at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.   envisions harvesting the algae with barges every ten days, and then flushing the plastic bags with salt water to clean out any freshwater algae that might foul the sides of the bags or the forward-osmosis membranes. The algae would be turned into fuel in a manner similar to using corn to make ethanol.

Municipal wastewater pumped into the bags would then start the cycle all over again.

Such a process would mainly rely on the energy of the ocean waves to mix the algae, as well as sunlight and carbon dioxide. The offshore locations and the wide oceans would also have more than enough room to grow massive amounts of algae needed to produce biofuels for an energy-hungry world.

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New Bio Fertiliser from a Microalga

Bioalgal Marine, an Almeria University spin-off company specialised in cultivating and integral usage of microalgae has developed a new fertiliser manufactured from a microalga called Spirulina, called Algafert. This natural fertiliser visibly enhances plants’ roots and resistance, without compromising its final quality.

According to Marta Sánchez de Puerta, Bioalgal Marine’s Manager, “this biofertiliser, which is particularly suitable for intensive agriculture crops, is simply a mixture of the microalga Spirulina, water and enzymes. This mixture is heated and, upon reaching a specific temperature, the microalgae break up and release the amino acids. By applying this fertiliser on the crops we save the plant the work of creating the amino acids, with which it grows faster.”

The main peculiarity of this microalga is its high concentration in amino acids, polysaccharides, phytohormones, oligoelements and antioxidants. All these substances, extracted using natural and environmental-friendly methods, act on secondary root growth, cell growth multiplication of the plant’s mass, and multiplication of new shoots, as well as enhancing flowering, which in turn provides greater uniformity in the fruits, both in terms of size and their external appearance. Furthermore, it gives the fruits greater shine and consistency.

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Extraction from Macro algae

Having economic and ecological interest, algae are cultivated with the aid of buoys, in areas where the wind and the current are not strong. Among the most common species are Kappaphycus, Gelidium, Gigardina, Gracilaria, Encheuma, Hypmea and Pterocladia. During growth, the algae selectively assimilate many of the minerals contained in water. They photosynthesize and synthesize the carbohydrate polymer that constitutes the structural framework of the alga body, which may be agar-agar, carrageen or others polymers.

The most known substances extracted from macro-algae are of three types: alginates, extracted from chestnut algae; agar-agar and carrageens, extracted from varies species of red algae. The agar-agar is a mucilage (vegetable gelatin) constituted of agarose and agaropectin polymers.

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Algae – Hydrogen

Transgenic Algae for Photobiological Hydrogen Production

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Algae Fuel gets Boost from Endicott Biofuels and TransAlgae MOU

Endicott Biofuels, LLC, a Houston-based, next-generation biodiesel producer, and TransAlgae, Ltd., an algal biotechnology company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of algae as a potential transportation fuel and renewable chemical feedstock source.

The memorandum gains significant importance,when we consider DOE’s National Algal Biofuel Technolgy Roadmap stating’ In the longer term, biofuels derived from algae represent an opportunity to dramatically impact the U.S. energy supply for transportation fuels’ TransAlgae’s mission is to develop commercially viable algae strains for a variety of algae biomass growth platforms in order to deliver cost effective transportation fuels as well as other non-energy applications Endicott has been involved in a fully flexible feedstock development program for the production of biodiesel, which includes algae oil-to-biodiesel commercialization.

Among its future development plans are technologies that provide a higher degree of freedom for algae producers in algae strain selection and algae oil extraction for the production of biofuels. Labels: Endicott Biofuels- TransAlgae- algae oil-to-biodiesel commercialization.

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Are Algal communities driven toward maximum Biomass?

In this continental-scale study, we show that in major benthic and planktonic stream habitats, algal biovolume – a proxy measure of biomass—is a unimodal function of species richness (SR).

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