By: Cynthia J. Warner
President and Chairman, Sapphire Energy
The ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill has brought into stark relief, for many of us, the challenges we face in today’s energy world.
Here in America, we consume a stunning 19 million barrels of crude oil per day. We use it to support our daily lives in the way we expect to live. Readily available crude oil enables us to go where we want to go, enjoy plentiful and inexpensive food, buy goods from anywhere in the world and have them shipped to us, and use a wide array of materials, every day, that were derived from crude.
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San Diego’s quest to become a hub for the development of algae-based biofuels got a boost today, with the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (SD-CAB), saying it’s getting the lion’s share of a three-year, $9 million federal Department of Energy grant awarded today.
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.