Algae in Packaging Industry in 2010

Breakthrough products are enabling manufacturers to make the switch to environmentally responsible, sustainable packaging,” said Frederic Scheer, founder and CEO of Cereplast.  Their  algae-based bioplastics, currently under development, will soon open up a whole new source of feedstock and result in a broad range of new applications.

“Many of the largest retailers have already made in-roads with programs designed to adopt alternative   packaging. A lgae as biomass can be a significant renewable resource and be used as a raw material for biopolymerfeedstock.

“Algae can help close the loop on polluting gases and can be a significant renewable resource,” he said. “Algae-based resins represent an outstanding opportunity for companies across the plastic supply chain to become more environmentally sustainable and reduce the industry’s reliance on oil.”

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Algae the New Oil – 2010 Forecast

The Futurist’s Magazine’s Top 10 forecasts for 2010 says Algae may become the new oil. According to researchers at a Department of Energy plant in New Mexico, single-celled microalgae, grown in pond water, produce a biofuel that is lead-free and biodegradable, emits two-thirds less carbon dioxide and other pollutants than gasoline, and can run any modern diesel engine. Even better, algae require only a fraction of the land area of biofuel-producing crops.

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Advanced Biofuel Workshop

BBI International and the 2010 Advanced Biofuels Workshop planning committee welcomes presenters to St. Louis for this convenient one-day workshop on advanced biofuels. More than 400 people are expected to attend to learn about advanced technology updates, algae and second-generation feedstock development, market challenges and trends, R&D activities, policy, finance, project development and more.

Presentation ideas may be related to production, operations, R&D, project development, finance, business, feedstock development, resource analysis, environmental performance or any other topic pertaining to the commercialization of advanced biofuels.   Deadline for submission is January 11, 2010.

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Royal Dutch Shell backs Biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell PLC has roughly doubled its financial support for biofuels start-up Codexis Inc. in the past year, the latest sign that oil companies are slowly and selectively increasing their interest in plants-to-fuels research.

Shell is on pace to spend $60 million in 2009 to fund research at Codexis, nearly twice the amount as the year before, according to regulatory filings. Codexis filed paperwork this week for a $100 initial public offering. The start-up is developing microbes to speed up the chemical reactions that turn inedible plants, such as grasses or stalks, into ethanol and diesel.

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Who said Algae is just fuel?

Although  over 100 algae companies out there that want to turn pond slime into car fuel, a few companies have begun to emphasize their non-fuel products. Why? Chemicals and food additives sell for one heck of a lot more.

Solazyme, one of the early leaders, started selling – repeat, selling for real money – algae oil to the food market. It even released an algae-based substitute for almond milk. It’s not bad, although not as good as the algae brownies. Ternion Bio Industries says nutraceutical algae can fetch $10,000 a ton.

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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.


Saudi Arabia to use captured C02 in Oilfield

Saudi Arabia plans to capture carbon dioxide and inject it into the world’s largest oilfield by 2013 as part of efforts to boost output and reduce the country’s carbon footprint.

The strategy mirrors similar efforts in Abu Dhabi and comes as climate change negotiators in Copenhagen weigh a proposal backed by oil-producing countries and others to steer funding to projects that re-route emissions from the smokestack to permanent underground storage.

The carbon capture project at the giant Ghawar oilfield was a key part of Saudi Arabia’s “initiatives on green”, Ali al Naimi, the minister of petroleum and mineral resources, said yesterday. His government has been sceptical of a global agreement to cut carbon emissions by reducing consumption of fossil fuels, provoking criticism from a number of global leaders and experts.

“We’re going to have a pilot demonstration, I hope by 2013,” he told a meeting in Dubai of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association.

In Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, the use of carbon capture would satisfy three objectives: reducing emissions, increasing oil output and providing a substitute for scarce natural gas that is currently left in oil wells to maintain pressure.

Carbon dioxide has been injected into a number of fields in the US to squeeze out more oil and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company is testing the technique in the carbonate geology common to the region.

The Ghawar field is the world’s largest single source of crude – producing about 5 million barrels per day last year before Saudi Arabia scaled back output to comply with OPEC cuts – but after 58 years in operation, engineers say it probably needs gas injections and other enhanced recovery methods to maintain output.

Saudi Arabia first disclosed plans for the carbon injection project in October, but Mr al Naimi detailed a longer-term strategy yesterday, noting that the eventual goal was to tie carbon capture with the kingdom’s interest in producing biofuels from algae.

“We are looking at capturing carbon dioxide, injecting it in sea water, creating algae and hopefully producing two things: ethanol – you might be surprised by our interest in ethanol – and food products,” he said.

Producing fuel from algae has become a priority of researchers across the world, including major oil companies such as ExxonMobil. But experts say scientists still need to induce each unit of algae to absorb more carbon dioxide and produce more oils to make algae a commercially viable source of energy.

Backers of carbon capture projects are closely following an ongoing debate at the Copenhagen climate summit on whether to include carbon capture in a UN-administered funding programme called the Clean Development Mechanism. The rule change would allow owners of carbon capture projects in developing countries to sell credits on the open market for every tonne of carbon they keep out of the atmosphere, giving the projects a major financial boost.

Saudi Arabia has taken an active interest in the proposal. In a submission to the UN Convention on Climate Change last year, the country’s negotiators wrote: “Many developing countries that have great opportunities to contribute in this area will have no incentives in implementing such actions if this technology is not eligible under the CDM.”