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Advancements in Algal Biofuels: Year in Review

Posted on January 10, 2014 11:53 | via Biomass Blog Admin

Algenol


Exciting algae biofuels research and development (R&D) breakthroughs and industry milestones made 2013 a noteworthy year on the road to algal biofuel commercialization–and 2014 already looks promising!

Research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) resulted in a number of advancements that can help make the production of algal biofuel less costly—the most significant barrier to commercialization.

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Top Five Things You Didn't Know About Algae

Posted on November 5, 2013 11:15 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Algal bio-oils in a tank


In honor of the Bioenergy Technologies Office's (BETO) upcoming Algal Biofuels Strategy Workshop, the Office is introducing some of the top five things you didn't know about algae. These basic outline will get you up to date on some of the key reasons why algae is such a valuable resource for the development of biofuels, bioproducts, and bioenergy.

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Crafting the Future of Blue-Green Algae Biofuels

Posted on February 20, 2013 08:53 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Cyanobacteria


Could the future of algae-based compounds be blue green?

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) might say yes. A team led by Principal Investigator Jianping Yu has made significant progress toward crafting an advanced strain of cyanobacteria that could redefine the future of algal biofuel production. 

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The Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels

Posted on November 19, 2012 16:49 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

Phase 1 of the Sapphire Energy Green Crude Farm


In June 2010, the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) commissioned the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) to convene a committee to investigate the potential for an environmentally sustainable domestic algal biofuels industry. The NRC’s report identifies priority areas for improving the long-term, national-scale sustainability of algal biofuels and notably finds no showstoppers.

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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Investments Lead to Early Success for Bio-Based Companies

Posted on August 30, 2012 15:31 | via Bioenergy Blog Admin

On June 26, 2012, Edeniq, Inc., officially launched its first-of-a-kind Corn to Cellulosic Migration (CCM) pilot-scale biorefinery in California that will be able to produce 50,000 gallons per year of cellulosic ethanol. The new plant utilizes its patented Cellunator™ technology to process non-food feedstocks, such as corn stover, switchgrass, and other non-starch biomass. Representing a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production, the Cellunator™ technology will enable migration of first generation corn-based biofuel plants to second generation cellulosic feedstocks. The launch of the Edeniq CCM biorefinery project has created 31 jobs and represents an early success made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) investment of $20.5 million in funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).   


The DOE Biomass Program has been able to fund more than 35 projects with the $718 million provided by the Recovery Act—projects that will advance biofuels research and speed commercialization of advanced biofuels and bioproducts. These projects will create at least 2,600 new jobs during the 2009–2014 timespan.  


Recovery Act awards have also spurred the creation of a competitive, sustainable, green marketplace, advancing exciting projects, such as the following: [More]