U.S. West is an hotbed of development
If you visit the gas pump today, you'll likely see a note that some of the contents include ethanol. Corn-based ethanol may be leading the biofuel race today, but it faces issues dealing with land use and the food versus fuel debate. That is partly why there is such a groundswell of excitement over the use of algae for biofuels. "Algae biofuels is going to be a significant portion of the renewable energy strategy of this country moving forward. The research is really starting to show that these things are achievable," says Michael McCloud, business developer with Ariz. algae startup Phyco Biosciences.
Here is what we know about algae: it’s often green and always loaded with potential. Its growth rate of 30 to 100 times that of terrestrial plants is alarming. And the whispers that once told us microalgae, an organism much smaller than the size of a pinhead, could change the way we think about filling our tanks and fueling our planes get louder-much louder.
What does a recently passed U.S. House of Representatives bill mean for algae? Parity, for one thing-or at least the allusion of it.
Startups try to bring alternative biofuel to commercial scale
With a big boost from the government, algae is making headway as a potential replacement for some of the 18 million barrels of crude oil used daily nationwide.
Sapphire Energy has four pillars that define the company; yet the over arching pillar that truly drives them is the concept of scale. But before they could begin overcoming that challenge, they first had to decide what kind of company they wanted to be. The answer – an energy company.
Algae-based Fuels Hit another Key Performance Milestone as Navy Seeks to Reduce its Reliance on Fossil Fuels
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Algal Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, today applauded the U.S. Navy’s successful test of a vessel powered by a 50-50 blend of the Navy’s traditional shipboard fuel and algae-based renewable diesel. ABO member Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company, produced and delivered the 100% algal derived naval distillate fuel, known as Soladiesel®HRF-76 Renewable F-76 Fuel.
CleanTech San Diego has been ranked in the top 10 of global clean tech clusters. Pretty amazing considering that the organization was only founded in 2007 through an initiative of the mayor’s office and several local businesses. The organization that created the ranking, Sustainable World Capital, has created a global clean tech organization of which CleanTech San Diego is a part. In November, the European component of the cluster will be launching in Finland, followed by the North American cluster in mid-to late November.
The aviation industry said it would cap emissions by 2020, based on a resolution passed at the annual meeting of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Now the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have agreed to work with the airline industry for the next five years to develop renewable jet fuel.
Two and a half years ago we put together this cheat sheet on 15 algae fuel startups you need to know, which turned into one of our most popular posts of all time. But boy have things changed since then. In early 2008 GreenFuel Technologies was still in business, Aurora Algae (then called Aurora Biofuels) was still focusing on fuel, Petro Algae hadn’t yet filed for an S-1, and it was unclear then that Craig Venter’s Synthetic Genomics was going to become a dark horse in the algae fuel world. Here’s our updated 2010 version of our original 15 algae fuel startups bringing pond scum to fuel tanks:
What exactly does the commercialization and research effort on algal fuels look like? A collection of highly funded home brewers? Secretive temples of technology peopled with mad scientists intent on unleashing bizarre Frankenfuels on an unsuspecting public?
Well, neither. But neither is the reality well known, because generally the high-tech world of algal R&D and commercialization is off limits, for the practical reasons of accommodating visitors to labs, as well as issues of data and process protection.