DOE Invests in University of Kentucky’s Algae-based Carbon Utilization

February, 23 / 2017

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. 

Heliae Development and Syndel Laboratories Announce Distribution Agreement

February, 21 / 2017

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.

Call for Papers – Industrial Biotechnology Special Algae Issue

February, 17 / 2017

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
  • Bioenergy
  • Biorefineries
  • 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!

TerraVia Announces Deals with Bon Appetit, Univar

February, 14 / 2017


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

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.


Cellana Inks New Partnership

February, 13 / 2017

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.

Macroalgae making waves in the Bay of Fundy

February, 10 / 2017

Dulse, a form of red algae that grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is often eaten as a healthy chewy snack: it is high in iron and contains multiple micro-nutrients. Canadian newspaper Localxpress interviewed Dulse purchaser Gerry Flagg about the current state of the Dulse industry. Flagg mentioned that on an average morning, his crew picks about 50 pounds of Dulse off the rocks. He then sells the seaweed on the mainland for $12 a pound.

Business is booming in the Bay of Fundy as Flagg also mentions “we’re not looking for new markets because we can’t fill the markets we have now.” World seaweed production currently stands at 27.3 million tonnes. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 2016 report, world seaweed production has grown 8% per year for the past decade. One would only hope for the trend to continue. The full article can be read here.

ABO Present Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) with ‘Champion of Algae’ Awards

February, 1 / 2017

ABO is pleased to announce that it has presented Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) each with a Champion of Algae Award, the group’s highest recognition for outstanding service to algae research, technology and product development.

“Sheldon Whitehouse and Scott Peters have worked tirelessly to advance new algae technologies that will maintain the economic competitiveness of the United States, and bring jobs to rural and urban areas alike.” said Matt Carr, ABO’s executive director. “We look forward to working with them in the future, and many others on both sides of the aisle that are discovering how an advanced algae industry can bring so many benefits to the United States.” 

Congressman Peters was recognized for his dedication to spreading the word about algae’s potential for the economy and the environment, as well as his support for policies that can jumpstart innovation in the sector. Senator Whitehouse has been a strong supporter of the algae industry in Rhode Island as well as an architect of policies that can position algae cultivation to become a national engine for economic growth, while also protecting the environment and public health. 

Support of algae is of utmost importance now more than ever. We salute our newly minted Champions of Algae and thank them for all that they have done for the industry. 


Call for Abstracts: 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

January, 30 / 2017
The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities at the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 29-November 1, 2017. 

Submit by March 15, 2017 to receive priority review!

Presentations on algae research and commercialization milestones across all topics are welcome: food, feed, nutrition, carbon utilization, wastewater treatment, energy, and more!

Algae in the News, January 2017

January, 25 / 2017

A round-up of recent news items featuring algae. 

Zico and NutriQuest in algae feed ingredient R&D venture
December 20, 2017, FeedNavigatory

Growing algae for food and biofuel could cut greenhouse emissions
January, 6, 2017, Environmental Research Web

Species diversity reduces chances of crop failure in algal biofuel systems
January 9, 2017, University of Michigan

Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy
January 13, 2017,

PNNL Leads $6 Million Algae DISCOVR Project to Streamline Species Selection
January 16, 2017, Biofuels Digest

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based Marine Microalgae System
January 17, 2017, Biofuels Digest

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil Renew Agreement
January 19, 2017, Hydrocarbon Engineering

Vegan ‘Egg’ Made From Algae Could Fulfill Your Wildest Baking Dreams
January 25, 2017, Huffington Post

Save the Date: 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

January, 17 / 2017

Experience the largest algae conference in the world!

The 2017 Algae Biomass Summit will be here before you know it! This year the largest gathering of algae professionals will be in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 29 – November 1, 2017. 

Some important dates to keep in mind: 

  • Call for Abstracts Opens: January 24
  • Early Bird Pricing for Exhibit Booths Expires: January 31
  • First Priority Deadline for Abstract Submissions: March 15
  • Online Registration Opens: May 9