As the biofuels industry advances forward and grows globally, here is a look at five of its major players from around the world
Sapphire Energy teams up with Correia Middle School and ScienceBridge for the 2010 San Diego Science Festival. Here faculty and scientists work together to teach elementary students the fundamentals of scientific learning while giving them critical knowledge about contemporary issues developing around the world of science.
Bill Gates has done some big thinking on energy and wants you to know: this is not an easy problem to solve.
Technology Review on Tuesday published an interview with the Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist on multiple topics, including energy--a subject that Gates spends a considerable amount of time thinking about. The energy portion of the interview is here; a longer version touching on philanthropy is here. Both are worth reading in full.
Investors are a tough crowd to cultivate. Yet in the pond that is the biotechnology market, one product seems to be rising to the top like the green sludge it is: algae. Its potential use as biofuel is drawing venture money from places you might not expect. The reason: It could be both environmentally responsible and profitable.
8.18.10 (LAS CRUCES) - Las Cruces is a hot bed of algae activity. As KRWG's Jared Andersen reports, employees at the Sapphire Energy research facility work 7 days a week in an attempt to create, "green crude".
LAS CRUCES - It was a fair question: Is there anyplace else in the desert where more algae can be found than Sapphire Energy's research and development facility at the West Mesa Industrial Park.
Denise Gitsham, Sapphire's director of corporate affairs and legislative council, didn't pause with the answer.
"No," Gitsham said. "There are algae farms, particularly in California, but not for this kind of purpose."
Good news for biofuels this week as the California Department of Labor awarded the San Diego Biofuels Initiative a $4 million grant to train workers to join the biofuels workforce. The award was given through the “Green Innovation Challenge,” a green jobs initiative that is overseen by the state’s Department of Labor.
SAN DIEGO — In a laboratory where almost all the test tubes look green, the tools of modern biotechnology are being applied to lowly pond scum.
CJ Warner was at the top of her game when she saw the writing on the wall. Twenty years into a glass-ceiling-busting career at BP, she had risen to the rank of Head of Global Refining for BP, making her one of the highest ranking executives in the oil industry. That was when she realized that she was running towards a dead end. “I had a slow but growing realization that the industry was maturing, the current fields were falling off in volume more quickly than anticipated, and the feats required to find new oil were becoming more and more heroic.”
The U.S. Government started investing in algal biofuels in 1978. They’re still trying.
The Aquatic Species Program was launched in 1978 by president Jimmy Carter to explore the potential of algae as an energy source. About $25 million was put into the program until it was shelved by the Clinton administration in 1996. They never found the 'lipid trigger' -- the trick to making the organisms produce lipids capable of being turned into biofuels in a high-volume low cost manner.