ABO member DSM and Evonik announced this month a joint venture to build a $200 million facility to produce an omega-3 salmon feed product from algae. The facility, coming online in 2019, will be constructed on an existing Evonik site in the United States.
The announcement heralds a new era for algae in fish and agriculture feeds. Algae-based feeds and additives can be produced with less water and land inputs than other crops, and they can dramatically reduce the need for overtaxing fish stocks in the ocean that are already under stress.
Moreover, the size of the investment shows that even the initial phases of algae-technology commercialization can have enormous economic impacts for communities around the U.S.
Read more about the projects, and some of the innovative details about the algae oil product, at FeedNavigator.
The Algae Foundation has announced that it is offering $500 travel grants for students to attend the 11th Annual Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, from October 29 through November 1, 2017. In order to qualify, applicants must be an ABO Member as well as an undergraduate, graduate student, pre-doctoral student or a PhD with a post-doctoral appointment and currently involved in a full time academic research program for no longer than 2 years.
Applicants must submit an abstract to present a poster or oral presentation at ABS 2017 and be the presenting author of the abstract. Other requirements include the submission of a suggested budget to attend the Summit and a current letter of recommendation. Selection is made by the Algae Foundation Travel Grant Selection Committee—the awards are highly competitive. Selection criteria include:
- The relevance and scientific quality of the submitted abstract
- The student has not received a similar travel grant award in the last two years
- Only one travel grant per laboratory
All applications and materials should be sent to:
- Barb Scheevel, Algae Foundation Administrative Coordinator
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 125 St. Paul Street, P.O. Box 369
- Preston, MN 55965
For more details about applying to the travel grants, visit the Algae Foundation website.
Be sure to submit your abstract for a speaking or poster presentation at the 11th annual Algae Biomass Summit by tomorrow’s deadline for priority review! This year the Summit will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 29-November 1, 2017.
Attendees at the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit
Algae technologies and products are constantly finding new applications in a wide range of industries and commercial markets. Join hundreds of other leaders in research, commercialization, business development, finance and policy at the largest algae conference in the world!
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published an update on the status and prospects for using micro- and macroalgae as bioenergy feedstocks. The report acts as an update to the IEA Bioenergy Task 39 report published in 2010—but this report’s scope is expanded beyond biofuels to consider bioenergy options more generally, acknowledging some interesting developments that have been happening in the algae bioenergy space.
The results of the report are insightful and exciting. The overarching conclusion: “significant opportunities exist to take advantage of the high photosynthetic efficiency of algae, both micro- and macroalgae, for bioenergy and biofuels production.” While the report acknowledges that economic and sustainability challenges still exist, there are ways to mitigate and ultimately solve those challenges in the short-, medium- and long-term.
Some key findings from the report include:
- Nearer term opportunities exist to use algae in an integrated biorefinery context to make higher value food, feed, nutraceutical and oleochemical bio-products, to help drive development of economic bioenergy production
- Recent technology developments facilitate the use of all algal biomass components; no longer is algal biomass production focused solely on achieving high lipid yield
- Macroalgae have significant potential as a biogas, chemicals and biofuels crop in temperate oceanic climates in coastal areas.
Notably, the report stresses the importance of data sharing and harmonization of analytical approaches in the industry—a finding that we fully support.
For more about the report and its findings, visit the IEA website.
Earlier this week, ABO member Qualitas Health made an exciting announcement: they will be providing their alGeepa omega-3 supplements to Texans through Texas retailer H-E-B. Qualitas is a disruptive food and nutrition company that is focused on bringing sustainable, vegan, algae-based nutritional products to consumers. Their alGeepa product boasts exactly those qualifications: it is a 100% vegan omega-3 supplement line.
H-E-B will be distributing alGeepa across Texas. There will also notably be a Go Texan seal on every product: Go Texas is an effort by the Texas Department of Agriculture to promote Texan products, culture and community.
For more details about the partnership and about Qualitas Health’s products, check out the press release.
This week ABO members at the University of Kentucky were among the winners of the Department of Energy’s $5.9 million investment in projects around the country that will explore how to capture, and make us of, CO2 from coal-fired power plants.
The announcement from the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy points out that the research will support a relatively new research portfolio within the office that will develop novel approaches for carbon utilization. These new approaches differ from using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery in that they will explore how the gas can be transformed into valuable products, and potentially offset the costs associated with carbon capture technologies.
According to the announcement:
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation (Lexington, KY) will develop a process to convert CO2 from coal-fired flue gas using microalgae-based CO2 capture, with subsequent conversion of the resulting algal biomass to bioplastics, chemicals, and fuels. The team will investigate a combined photobioreactor/pond cultivation process to decrease the cost of algae cultivation while developing a strategy to maximize value from the algal biomass.
Read the full article at the DOE’s website.
ABO member Heliae today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Syndel Laboratories: Heliae will be supplying the aquaculture market with Nymega, a new DHA precision formulation ingredient for feed formulators.
As the global demand for fish increases, the aquaculture industry is on the rise. But the industry is increasingly facing sustainability challenges as it searches for new, reliable and affordable sources of omega-3 fatty acids to increase the content of DHA in farmed salmon. Heliae’s Nymega algae is DHA-rich and provides a precision tool for targeting DHA levels in feed.
As Len Smith, CBO at Heliae, explains: “Nymega’s simple profile allows formulators to target specific DHA content, providing key benefits across fish species and at multiple growth stages—at a price that is finally affordable.”
More details about the agreement and the product can be found in the press release.
Industrial Biotechnology journal has announced a special algae R&D-themed issue to publish in October 2017, coinciding with the annual Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City, Oct 29-Nov 1.
The journal is now inviting submissions of original scientific papers in the form of Reviews, Original Research, Short Communications, or Methods for publication. Submit papers by April 1, 2017.
Topics to be considered include:
- Process models and techno-economic assessments
- Human health, nutrition, personal care
- Environmental applications
- Aquaculture, animal and pet health and nutrition
- Methods, analytics, teaching aids
- Specialty and bulk chemicals
Download the call for papers to learn more.
Be sure to submit a speaking or poster abstract to the Summit as well!
ABO member TerraVia has recently made two exciting announcements that demonstrate how the latest algae technologies are making inroads in global markets for food ingredients.
Bon Appetit Management Company has officially adopted TerraVia’s Thrive Culinary Algae Oil as its preferred oil. Bon Appetit, part of Compass Group, operates more than 650 cafes across the United States and is known for its environmentally and socially responsible practices. TerraVia’s Thrive oil was thus the perfect match; its unique combination of nutrition, culinary and sustainability benefits align perfectly with Bon Appetit’s efforts.
More details about the partnership and the oil itself can be found on TerraVia’s site.
Yesterday TerraVia announced a distribution deal for the company’s AlgaVia® brand of Whole Algae Ingredients with Univar. Univar is a distributor of food ingredients across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
“TerraVia’s innovative portfolio of products and company culture complement Univar’s approach and direction,” commented Simon Atkins, EMEA Industry Director, Univar Food Ingredients. “This portfolio will enable our customers to manufacture the next generation of food products to support the most important food trends that we see in the marketplace in 2017 and beyond.”
Read the press release here.
Earlier this week, Biofuels Digest did a great piece on ABO member Cellana’s newly announced partnership with Living Ink Technologies. The two companies have signed a letter of intent for the development and commercialization of algae-based inks.
Living Ink was founded to meet the growing demand for sustainable inks—inks that aren’t petroleum-based. Currently, the most popular alternative ink is soy-based, but such inks tend to dry more slowly, making speedy printing a challenge.
Algae has great promise to provide an effective alternative. As Jim Lane points out in his article, Cellana will not be using algae-derived oil, but rather renewable algae biomass as the basis for the ink production. Cellana’s ReNew Algae is, in short, algae biomass that is rich in nutritional oils, proteins, pigments, and other valuable micronutrients and is produced at the company’s Kona Demonstration Facility in Hawaii.
For more details on the partnership and for the original article, please visit Biofuels Digest.