USDA Request for Applications

April, 20 / 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, has released a Request for Applications (RFA) that should be of interest to many in the algae industry.

The USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative-Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge Area is designed to achieve the long-term goal of advancing the bioeconomy by facilitating development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy, industrial chemicals, and biobased products from renewable sources and building a strong workforce, increasing stakeholder engagement, and informing policy makers.

They are soliciting applications in two priority areas:

  • Lignin or nano-cellulosic co-products from biomass feedstocks
  • Biomass feedstock genetic development and evaluation

Applications can come in the form of research projects, multi-function integrated Research, Education and/or Extension projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants.

The closing date for the RFA is Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

For more details, please visit the USDA website.

Special April Discount: 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

April, 12 / 2017

ABO is offering a special spring discount for those attending the 11th annual Algae Biomass Summit! If you register before the end of the month of April, you can save up to $300. After April 30th, our regular Early Bird Rates will be in effect.

This year’s Algae Biomass Summit is taking place in Salt Lake City from October 29-November 1. The world’s largest algae conference, the Summit unites industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s algae utilization industries including those involved financing, algal ecology, genetic systems, carbon partitioning, engineering & analysis, biofuels, animal feeds, fertilizers, bioplastics, supplements and foods.

The Algae Biomass Summit is where future and existing producers of algae products go to network with other industry suppliers and technology providers. It’s where project developers converse with utility executives; and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists.

For more details, please visit the Algae Biomass Summit site.

BETO Workshop: Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

April, 7 / 2017

On June 6–7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) will sponsor a workshop to advance the understanding of current market barriers and opportunities for increasing the deployment of biofuels and bioproducts manufactured from wet and gaseous waste streams. 

Algae cultivation can be used to consume waste carbon dioxide from power generation or other industries, as well as wastewater from a variety of sources. The workshop will be an excellent chance to give BETO input on how algae can play a role in waste-to-energy conversion. 

The event’s primary purpose is to elicit stakeholder input about the following topic areas:

  1. Key factors in feedstock disposition decision making
  2. Critical biofuel and bioproduct customer considerations
  3. Next steps for overcoming challenges and advancing commercialization.

Learn more about the workshop on BETO’s website.

7th European Algae Industry Summit, April 26th and 27th

March, 30 / 2017

ACI’s 7th European Algae Industry Summit is fast approaching. Taking place on 26th & 27th April 2017 in Nice, France, the two way event will bring together key players within the algae industry including leaders from food, feed, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics across the globe to join our forum discussions and gain a deeper understanding of recent industry developments and, most importantly, economically viable applications.

The event targets algae cultivation plant owners and operators, food, feed, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics companies, leading algae/biomass research institutes, technology providers for cultivation, harvesting, dewatering, drying, oil extraction and processing, plant engineers and constructors, algae end market users, biofuel producers and green energy & biotech investors.

Key Topics Include:

  • Global Updates on Algae Trade
  • LCA and Techno-Economic Analysis
  • Market Establishment with High Value Applications Cultivation
  • Efforts towards Economically Efficient Technologies
  • Microalgae in Chemicals, Commodity & Speciality Feeds
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Algae: The Future of Food?
  • Advantages of Algae in Nutraceuticals & Cosmetics
  • Industry Case Studies: What Can We Learn from Both Successes & Failures?

For more information and to view the latest agenda, please visit the event site.

$200 Million Plant for Algae-Derived Salmon Feed Coming to US

March, 23 / 2017

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

Travel Grants for Students to Attend 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

March, 21 / 2017

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: bscheevel@algaebiomass.org
  • Address:
    • 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.

Abstract Deadline Tomorrow

March, 14 / 2017

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! 

Submit today!

New IEA Bioenergy Report Finds “Significant Opportunities” for Algae

March, 13 / 2017

The IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Program 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 Bioenergy website.

Qualitas Health Is Bringing Sustainable Omega-3s to Texans

March, 3 / 2017

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.

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.