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Sapphire Energy: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

Company description: San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is pioneering an entirely new industry – Green Crude Production – with the potential to profoundly change America’s energy and petrochemical landscape for the better. Sapphire’s products and processes in this category differ significantly from other forms of biofuel because they are made solely from photosynthetic microorganisms (algae), using sunlight and CO2 as their feedstock; are not dependent on food crops or valuable farmland; do not use potable water; do not result in biodiesel or ethanol; enhance and replace petroleum-based products; and are low carbon. Green Crude can be refined into the three most important liquid fuels used by our society: gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The fuels meet ASTM standards and are compatible with the existing petroleum infrastructure, from refinement through distribution and the retail supply chain.

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Sapphire develops NM bio-fuels potential

Alta LeCompte, Las Cruces Bulletin

 Senator visits with eye on federal policies

On a tour Thursday, Jan. 23, of Sapphire Energy’s research and development facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich addressed the unique nature of the advanced biodiesel industry and the challenge it poses for legislators.

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Sapphire Energy Honored With Two Awards From The Biofuels Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.

For Fuel of the Year, Renewable Chemical of the Year, Product of the Year, Yield Improvement, Process Improvement and more – who are the big winners?

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Sapphire Energy's Cynthia 'CJ' Warner, Jeff Webster, and Tim Zenk Named to the Biofuels Digest’s Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

In the annual poll, voters reward key fighters on the RFS2 front, companies reaching scale, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. Top 300 recognized.
In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed the “Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy” as voted by the readers of The Digest and the publication’s editorial board.

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Algae converted to crude oil in less than an hour, energy department says

John Roach, NBC News

 The day when planes, trucks and cars are commonly revved up on pond scum may be on the near horizon thanks to a technological advance that continuously turns a stream of concentrated algae into bio-crude oil. From green goo to crude takes less than an hour.

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Growing the next generation fuel from algae

Phillips 66

Phillips 66 is entering into a new research joint development agreement aimed at taking algal crude oil refining one important step closer to commercialization. This Technology research project will try to answer a central question: Is algal crude ready for a conventional refinery?

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Heard on the Floor at Bio Pac Rim: Sapphire Energy, Philipps 66, Monsanto, Novozymes, Braskem and Genomatica unveil key tie-ups

Jim Lane, BiofuelsDigest

In California, three major tie-ups between top-ranked developing bioeconomy darlings and old-line giants were the buzz on the second day of BIO’s annual Pac-Rim event in San Diego. Just after word about Sapphire Energy and Philipps 66′s tie-up was announced, news circulated on the floor about a key advance featuring Novozymes and Monsanto. Then, this morning, word appeared that Braskem and Genomatica had finalized a key partnership for butadiene.

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Phillips 66 and Sapphire Energy Partner to Certify Crude Oil from Algae

Algae Biomass Organization

Another major energy company has taken interest in renewable crude oil that is made from algae. Today Sapphire Energy and Phillips 66 announced a joint development agreement that will accelerate the certification of Sapphire’s Green Crude oil for processing in traditional refineries.

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How algae could change the world

David Ogul, Los Angeles Times

Researchers at UC San Diego are using the slimy stuff to create low-cost medicine, biofuel and more

A group of UC San Diego researchers are on the cutting edge of using algae to help solve many of the world’s problems.

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ALGAE BIOMASS ORGANIZATION OPPOSES EPA’S REDUCTION OF RENEWABLE FUEL REQUIREMENTS

Algae Biomass Organization

 Washington, DC (November 15, 2013) – The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, expressed disappointment with the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that would, for the first time, reduce the levels of domestically produced, advanced biofuels that are required to be blended into America’s fuel supply.

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