Member Press Releases

As a membership benefit, Platinum, Gold, and Corporate Members of the ABO can publish company press releases on this page – please contact bscheevel@algaebiomass.org for more information.

SAPPHIRE ENERGY STATEMENT REGARDING NEW STUDY ON ALGAE CRUDE OIL ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY BENEFITS

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 19, 2013
Today the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) announced the results of a collaborative study that determined algae biofuels offer a competitive energy return on investment (EROI) and a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when compared to petroleum and other biofuels. The study, “Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation Fuel Production from Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae Grown in Open Ponds,” conducted by scientists from the University of Virginia, Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of San Diego, Embori Group, LLC, and Sapphire Energy, Inc., examines the potential lifecycle assessment (LCA) for environmental and energy yield values of commercial scale algae-to-energy production. It is the first study of its kind to be based on real world field data from Sapphire Energy’s pilot and demonstration scale facilities in New Mexico.

 

Algenol Biofuels exceeds 9,000 gallons of ethanol per acre

Fort Myer, March 6, 2013
Algenol Biofuels Inc., developer of DIRECT TO ETHANOL technology for the production of advanced third generation biofuels, is please to report that they have succeeded in surpassing an important company milestone.  Research and development efforts have led to peak production rates in excess of their 9,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. (In comparison, corn ethanol produces 400 gallons of ethanol per acre per year).

 

SAPPHIRE ENERGY ENTERS INTO A COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT WITH TESORO FOR PURCHASE OF GREEN CRUDE OIL

SAN DIEGO, March 20, 2013
Sapphire Energy, Inc., a leader in algae-based Green Crude oil production, today announced it has entered into a commercial agreement with Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company, LLC, a subsidiary of Tesoro Corporation. Under the agreement, Tesoro will purchase crude oil from Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico, which recently reached a new milestone: continuous cultivation and crude oil production. This begins the first step of a commercial relationship to process Green Crude oil from Sapphire’s future commercial facilities.

BioProcess Algae Awarded $6.4 Million U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Develop Advanced Drop-in Biofuels for Military Jets and Ships

Omaha, Neb. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – April 22, 2013
BioProcess Algae LLC has been selected to receive a grant of up to $6.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as part of an innovative pilot-scale biorefinery project related to production of hydrocarbon fuels meeting military specification. The project will use renewable carbon dioxide, lignocellulosic sugars and waste heat through BioProcess Algae’s Grower HarvesterTM technology platform, co-located with the Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Biologists Engineer Algae to Make Complex Anti-Cancer ‘Designer’ Drug

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, December 10, 2012
Biologists at UC San Diego have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer. Their achievement, detailed in a paper in this week’s early online issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens the door for making these and other “designer” proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells.


Cellana-Nesta Oil Commercial Off- Take Agreement

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA AND KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII, June 6, 2013
Cellana, a leading developer of algae-based feedstocks for biofuels, animal feed, and Omega-3 nutritional oils, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year off-take agreement with Neste Oil, the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel, for commercial-scale quantities of Cellana’s ReNewTM Fuel algae oil feedstocks for biofuel applications.

Cellana Appoints Michael J. Kamdar as President

San Diego, CA & Kailua-Kona, HI – May 22, 2013
Cellana, Inc., a leading developer of algae- based bioproducts for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, fuel and animal feed industries, announced the appointment of Michael J. Kamdar as president of Cellana. Kamdar will be primarily responsible for commercialization, business development, research and development and operations.

Cereplast forms Algaeplast™ subsidiary

El Segundo, February 27, 2013
El Segundo, CA-based Cereplast, Inc., a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, compostable and sustainable bioplastics, has announced the incorporation of a new wholly owned subsidiary, Algaeplast™, Inc. Algaeplast’s focus will be the development and manufacture of algae-based bioplastics.

SCIENTISTS PUBLISH FIRST IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF ALGAE PARASITE IMPACT


San Diego, February 20, 2013

As part of an ongoing effort to improve commercial scale algae biofuel production, a group of scientists, led by crude oil producer Sapphire Energy, Inc., today announced the completion of a collaborative study which identified the morphology, ultrastructure, and life history of A. protococcarum, one of the most difficult to manage algae parasites. Their findings are detailed in “Characterization of Amoeboaphelidium Protococcarum: An Algal Parasite New to the Cryptomycota Isolated from an Outdoor Algal Pond Used for the Production of Biofuel,” published today in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE. The article provides a comprehensive study of the parasite challenge facing crop protection for scaled algae cultivation in open-pond systems. These results will provide a broader understanding and promote the development of sustainable management strategies for biofuel production.

 

Solutions4CO2’s Integrated Biohad Refinery

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (October 16, 2012)
Solutions4CO2 Inc. (the “Company” or “S4CO2”) (TSX Venture: SFC), reports that EU countries have an installed base of over 8,000 Anaerobic Digesters (AD) that were developed over the last ten years with the support of government regulation and subsidies. The EU has therefore demonstrated that renewable energy generated from this source of biogas is an attractive alternative to the use of fossil fuels. Without similar forms of support, the development of this source of renewable energy in North America has been limited to 200 AD installations to date.

Sapphire Energy Announces $144 Million Series C Funding

San Diego, CA (April 2, 2012)
Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced it has secured the final tranche of a $144 million Series C investment funding. The Series C backers include Arrowpoint Partners, Monsanto, and other undisclosed investors.  All major Series B investors have participated. With this investment round, Sapphire Energy’s total funding from private and public sources substantially exceeds $300 million.

Fluid Imaging Technologies Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Yarmouth, ME (March 3, 2012)
Laboratory instrumentation manufacturer Fluid Imaging Technologies, Yarmouth, Maine (www.fluidimaging.com) recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the expansion of its corporate headquarters. Completed on the heels of the company’s twelfth consecutive year of record-breaking sales, the expansion was required to accommodate the double digit growth anticipated during 2012 and the impressive volume of current orders for its FlowCAM particle imaging and analysis system.

Algae Producer Aquaviridis and OriginOil Announce Joint Commercial Agreement

Mexicali Valley, Mexico & Los Angeles (February 3, 2012)
Algae producer and OriginOil, Inc. (OTC/BB: OOIL), the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae oil services industry, today announced that Aquaviridis has signed a commercial agreement with OriginOil to help develop the multi-phase algae production rollout at its Mexicali, Mexico site, a potential model for algae sites throughout the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) region, with a focus on desert areas of the American Southwest and Mexico.

CBO Financial introduces a new subsidiary, Community EcoFinance, LLC

Columbia, MD (January 4, 2012)
CBO Financial announced today the launch of a new subsidiary entity, Community EcoFinance, LLC (CEF), with a mission to drive investment in environmental technologies to low income communities with an emphasis on rural areas.

Evodos will award four algae harvesting centrifugals at the ABO summit

Breda, The Netherlands (October 17, 2011)
Four scientists will receive an Evodos algae harvester at the 2011 ABO Summit as gratitude for their support.
As a sign of gratitude to their support, Evodos will award a state-of-the-art algae harvester to four scientists, Mark Edwards, Mario Tredici, Kirsten Heimann and Rene Wijffels.

Dutch separation technology from Evodos set’s foot on USA soil

Breda, The Netherlands (October 3, 2011)
Evodos B.V., the leading developer of low energy centrifugal systems, in partnership with their U.S. distributor Kyte Centrifuge, LLC, has announced that they have accepted an order from Algae to Omega Holdings, Inc. for their algae dewatering and harvesting requirements. Evodos will supply the algae harvesting machines for Algae2Omega’s production facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dutch separation technology from Evodos scales up in Australian carbon storage program

Breda, The Netherlands (September 1, 2011)
Evodos B.V., the leading developer of low energy centrifugal systems, received the order to supply all the algae harvesting machines for MBD’s 1 Ha power stationplant. At this site it will be determined whether the CO2 that is produced by the coal fired power plant can be captured by algae in a cost and energy effective way using MBD Energy’s proprietary ‘BAGS’ system.

Green Plains Renewable Energy and BioProcess Algae to Host U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack at Grand Opening of Phase II Grower HarvesterTM Bioreactors

Omaha, NE (April 14, 2011)
Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRE) announced today that U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will deliver the keynote address at the Grand Opening of Phase II of BioProcess Algae’s Grower HarvesterTM bioreactors in Shenandoah, Iowa.

Evodos launches web based quotation tool for algae harvesting

Loosdrecht, The Netherlands (March 3, 2011)
Evodos B.V., the developer and producer of ‘high concentration / non chemical’ centrifugal systems, today launched a quotation engine for harvesting algae. With this web-based tool it will be easy for algae farmers to get insight in the cost price of harvesting their algae. The quotation is based on the specific algae strains and growth parameters of the farmer.

State of Pennsylvania Provides $175,000 for Feasibility Study on Integrated Coal-Biomass to Liquids® Plant

Boulder, CO (May 11, 2010)
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent state agency, today approved a $175,000 grant to fund a feasibility study to determine where in Pennsylvania the nation’s first integrated Coal-Biomass to Liquids (CBTL) plant could be built. Carbon Cycle Technology Alliance partners A2BE Carbon Capture LLC and Accelergy Corporation are leading the project, with the assistance of Raytheon Company. The announcement comes on the heels of Accelergy’s collaboration with the United States Air Force, which is currently conducting tests on the Company’s fuels for application as 100 percent non-petroleum based synthetic jet fuel.

Feedstock and Biodiesel Characteristics Report

Ames, IA (November 2009)
A new report was released in November 2009, by Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) based on research to procure, refine, esterify, transesterify and filter unique feedstocks from around the world.  Thirty six samples were included in the study including novel feedstock such as two varieties of algae, hemp, jatropha, coffee, Moringa Oleifera, castor and many more.  The characteristics of the feedstock and the finished biodiesel are both included along with the fatty acid profiles and detailed instructions for the entire production protocol.