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Sinopec, Sapphire Energy project unveiled in China; wins US-China EcoPartnerships nod

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

 The Digest has heard from China that Sapphire Energy’s and Sinopec’s algae-derived renewable crude oil project has been selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program, and that the announcement is being made overnight US time in Beijing, China, by the U.S. Secretary of State and the People’s Republic of China State Councilor.

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ALGAE BIOMASS ORGANIZATION CONGRATULATES SAPPHIRE ENERGY ON ECOPARTNERSHIP WITH SINOPEC

Algae Biomass Organization

 WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2014) The Algae Biomass Organization congratulates Sapphire Energy on its agreement with Sinopec through the US State Department’s EcoPartnerships program. This partnership is the latest example of how algae technology developed here in the United States is being sought after around the world. By leveraging Sapphire’s technology to convert waste CO2 into green crude oil, the companies are helping reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions while creating a new source of renewable fuel. This endeavor should serve as a model for other countries – including the US – to follow, especially in light of new EPA regulations for the reduction of CO2 from coal and natural gas powered electricity generation.

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Six Inducted into U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program

Office of the Spokesperson, US State Department

On July 10, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Strategic & Economic Dialogue counterpart State Councilor Yang Jiechi welcomed six new U.S.-China partners into the flagship EcoPartnerships Program during a signing ceremony in Beijing, China. Counselor to the President John Podesta, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Danny Russel, Acting Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science Judith Garber, and U.S. Ambassador to China Max Baucus also participated. With the admission of this cohort, there are now 24 EcoPartnerships in the program.

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Controlling Contamination in Open Algae Ponds for Biofuels

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

New Rochelle, NY, July 9, 2014—Biofuels derived from the oils produced by algae may offer a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. To achieve this goal, optimization of cost effective strategies for large-scale algae cultivation, such as in open pond systems, is needed. Sapphire Energy has developed an innovative solution to the challenge of contamination of open pond algae cultivation systems, described in Industrial Biotechnology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Industrial Biotechnology website.

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SAN DIEGO’S THRIVING ALGAE BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO FUEL REGION’S ECONOMY

CleanTECH San Diego

A study conducted by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and released last week by its service bureau found that the direct, indirect, and induced economic impact of the algae biotechnology research and manufacturing industry generates a total of approximately 1,020 total jobs, $80 million in wages, and over $175 million of economic output to the San Diego region.

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ALGAE BIOMASS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES MATTHEW CARR, PH.D. AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Algae Biomass Organization

Former director at Biotechnology Industry Organization to lead efforts to commercialize algae-derived fuel, food, feed and other products

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Sapphire Energy Named in the Top 10 of "The 50 Most Visible Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2014"

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

 Product launches, project start-ups, scale-up stumbles, litigation, feedstock controversy, name investors coming on board — they all add up to one thing: visibility.

And if you’re among those who believe “I don’t care what you write, just spell my name right” — here’s the ultimate visibility ranking.

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The Latest in next-wave biofuels feedstock reports: Microalgae

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

Meanwhile, this University of Virginia study looked at the Sapphire Energy demonstration project in New Mexico, and found that algae biofuels tested as very close to petroleum in energy efficient-production. The study demonstrated that carbon emissions of algae biofuels come in at 50-70% lower than that of petroleum. The study evaluated EROI, Energy Return on Investment, or the amount of energy needed to produce energy in various forms, including petroleum, biofuels, wind, solar and other renewable sources.

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ALGAE BIOMASS ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES 2014-2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Algae Biomass Organization

Diverse group from across industry’s value chain represents algae production, end-users and professional services

WASHINGTON, DC (June 4, 2014) The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today announced the election of eight members to its Board of Directors for the 2014-2016 term. The group includes both new and existing (re-elected) members who will join seven current members of the Board of Directors.

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ABLC buzzes about biofuels policy, Administration support, chemicals, and lignin

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

 As ABLC opens, industry association executives rally the troops to fight the EPA’s slashed advanced biofuels targets, get pathway approvals faster, and to buzz about chemicals, chemicals, chemicals.

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