California, United States -- Carbon dioxide seems to be the evil nemesis in a world preoccupied with its contributions to climate change. The less CO2 you emit, it seems, the better citizen you are, and with good reason. But at algae-to-biofuel facilities across the nation, carbon dioxide is not only not the enemy, it's an essential partner to helping achieve a low-carbon future.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced the winners of its “30 Most Transformative Technologies of 2010″ poll. The publication’s readers submitted more than 48,000 votes from 3,500 ballots during the three-week voting process.
The readers chose between transformative bioenergy technologies at more than 250 companies, universities and national laboratories, including 100 organizations that received write-in votes.
Algae’s potential vast, but the cost so far is immense
Some 300 million years ago, decaying algae that filled the world’s seas and swamps left behind a gift: oil.
CNN's T.J. Holmes interviews Sapphire president CJ Warner, live on CNN.
She set her sights on the oil industry, attracted by its technical challenges and by the teamwork required to get good results in such a complex business. "I wanted to know how to throw a wrench around a pipe and be able to crack a valve," she says. "I had a refinery manager tell me it was over his dead body that I'd get out in operations. It wasn't until he retired that I got out in the field." She worked her way up slowly, at refining company UOP, Amoco, and then BP. "By the time I was running the whole refining system for BP, I pretty much knew almost every job."
Last Monday, the Digest subscribers began voting for the 30 Most Transformative Technologies of 2010, and in a surge of voting today, raiders cried “algae, algae, algae” with an emphatic number of votes for the entire algae category as well as several noted algae-based biofuels projects in both micro and macro-algae.
Leading the pack as of the sixth day in a two-week voting period were: Sapphire Energy, Solazyme, SBI Bioenergy in a biodiesel surge, the Dupont-Bio Architecture Lab project in macroalgae, Novozymes, PetroAlgae, Cobalt Technologies, Algenol, LS9 and Joule.
Las Cruces, NM—Congressman Harry Teague joined energy industry and academic leaders in the unveiling of the New Mexico State Plan For Biofuels Leadership.
The document, announced at the Re-Energize America Conference organized by New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Honorary Chairman Harry Teague, provides a step-by-step, comprehensive plan to bring green jobs to New Mexico.
In the wake of BP’s disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill the Re-Energize America Conference held Thursday and Friday June 3 and 4 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces took on extra interest and urgency. The Conference included dozens of speakers from both traditional and emerging energy sectors, educators, as well as state and national government officials. The conference was co-hosted by Congressman Harry Teague and New Mexico State University.
Exxon $600 Million Algae Investment Makes Khosla See Pipe Dream
June 3 (Bloomberg) -- Inside an industrial warehouse in South San Francisco, California, Harrison Dillon, chief technology officer of startup Solazyme Inc., examines a beaker filled with a brown paste made of sugar cane waste. While the smell brings to mind molasses, this goo, called bagasse, won’t find its way into people-pleasing confections.
Instead, scientists will empty it into 5-gallon metal flasks of algae and water. The algae will gorge on the treat -- filling themselves with fatty oils as they double in size every six hours, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its July issue.
This year's 100 Most Creative People offers our own, idiosyncratic perspective on business. The selections reflect the breadth of news ideas and new pursuits at play in our business landscape. From interface designer Yugo Nakamura to HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins to futurist Ray Kurzweil, we can attest that creativity is alive and well in 2010.
#42 Cynthia Warner
President Sapphire Energy
A chemical engineer by training, Cynthia Warner, 51, was once one of the highest-ranking women in Big Oil, rising to head of global refining at BP. But working closely with the EPA on industry-wide Clean Air Act improvements and low-carbon fuels, she found herself more and more drawn toward sustainability. In February 2009, she made the leap truly "beyond petroleum," landing at a small San Diego -- based alternative-energy firm. Sapphire Energy is building a demonstration plant in New Mexico that aims to commercialize "green crude" made from algae, sunlight, and carbon dioxide -- and to do it before the big boys, like Exxon-funded Synthetic Genomics.