DOE Announces $8 Million in Algae Funding

July, 11 / 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced three projects that will receive up to $8 million in funding to further reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts.

ABO members Global Algae Innovations, Sapphire Energy and Lumen Bioscience were each chosen to receive funding, alongside Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Lab, NREL, and the University of California.

The announcement follows a June 30 letter from the bipartisan Congressional Algae Caucus to Energy Secretary Rick Perry urging him to issue the awards — as well as additional funding in the remaining budget for Fiscal Year 2017 — without delay.

ABO and its members are grateful for the coordinated effort from the Congressional Algae Caucus, and for their ongoing support of new technologies critical to the nation’s interests.

Congratulations to each of these projects! They are among hundreds of ABO members dedicated to advancing the role that algae plays in becoming a sustainable source of energy and bioproducts, as well as economic development.

As the Department of Energy notes, the funding will support “the development of a bioeconomy that can help create jobs, spur innovation, improve quality of life, and achieve national energy security.”

For more information on the funding or its recipients, see the energy department’s website here.


Algae Biomass Summit Early Bird Rates Expire Aug. 1!

July, 11 / 2017

A friendly reminder: August 1 is the early bird deadline for the Algae Biomass Summit! Don’t miss the exciting program coming together for the 11th annual Summit taking place in Salt Lake City, October 29 – November 1. The Summit is the algae industry’s premier event—the world’s largest algae conference—and this is your opportunity to save big.

The Summit’s agenda will cover algae developments in everything from feed and food to fuel and pharmaceuticals. Discover the latest breakthroughs, catch up on cutting-edge research and learn about product development milestones from companies ranging from small startups to multi-billion dollar companies. 

Register today and save up to $200! Click here to register.



ABO Announces New Tour for 2017 Algae Biomass Summit

July, 10 / 2017

The Algae Biomass Organization has announced a new tour to take place on the final day of this year’s Algae Biomass Summit. The tour will delve into how algae technologies are being used in energy management, water treatment and biomass production.

The tour, which requires registration due to limited availability, will take place Nov. 1 from 1:15 to 6:15 p.m. and will host three parts: A visit to the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility, a visit to the South Davis Sewer District Plant and an inspection of the Salt Lake Algal Bloom. 

During the tour’s visit to the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility, tour-goers will be able to see an algal biofilm technology applied for both wastewater remediation and byproduct production at the largest municipal wastewater reclamation plant in the state. At the South Davis Sewer District Plant, registrants will have the opportunity to view cutting-edge technology from CLEARAS Water Recovery that demonstrates how non-chemical technologies can reduce carbon dioxide emissions, produce clean water and generate revenue from valuable co-products. 

The cost of registration for the tour is $150 for Algae Biomass Organization members, and $175 for non-members. This is a great opportunity for Summit attendees to interact directly with the engineers and scientists making real-world algae applications possible, view technologies up close and network with other Summit attendees. 

For more information or to sign up for the tour, visit the ABO’s website here.


Participate in the 2017 Algae Product Showcase

June, 21 / 2017

Get your algae-derived product in front of industry leaders. This year’s Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 29-November 1, will host the Algae Product Showcase in the Exhibit Hall. The Showcase will display algae-derived products, or products containing algae based ingredients, from companies all over the world.

This is a great opportunity to present your latest product to the rest of the industry — including future investors and partners — and to keep up to date with what is new and exciting in algae based products and ingredients.

Each entry is accompanied by product details, manufacturer’s name and company information, and, if applicable, booth location on the Summit Exhibit Hall floor.

Participation in the Algae Product Showcase is $100 for ABO members, and $150 for non-members; ABS 2017 attendance is not required. Please visit this site to apply:

For more information and participation rules be sure to download this brochure

Exxon, Synthetic Genomics Double Lipid Production of Algae

June, 20 / 2017

ABO members Exxon Mobil Corp and Synthetic Genomics Inc have announced a new breakthrough that can double the production of lipids in algae, with little effect on growth rates.

The new findings were published in Nature Biotechnology, and are an important step in the partnership between Exxon and Synthetic Genomics to finds ways for algae to become a source of energy that doesn’t compete with food, water resources, or have such negative impacts on the climate as fossil fuels. 

The genetically modified algae species Nannochloropsis gaditana was able to convert 40 percent of CO2 into lipids, a big jump over prior 15-20 percent levels. Lipids in algae are the oils that can be converted into a variety of useful products for people, including fuels that are chemically identical to those that are processed by modern refineries. 

The partnership between these two companies dates to 2009, and both have been committed to developing algae into a technology that can offer solutions to a number of global challenges. Exxon also recently became a sponsor of the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, coming up this fall in Salt Lake City.

Read more in this Reuters story, and this press release.  Exxon’s Science & Technology blog also takes a look behind the scenes.

Congratulations to the team that made this happen!  

Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of Zivo Bioscience, on Algae’s Potential

June, 20 / 2017

Earlier this year, Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of Zivo Bioscience (one of our newest ABO members), published a fantastic piece on algae’s potential in Food & Drink International . As Dahl points out, the global population will increase to about 8 billion in just under 25 years and all of those individuals will need protein. Yet protein production is not on track to increase enough to satisfy the increasing demand. So how do we find more?

Many proposed alternatives have a far too negative energy gradient—they consume much more energy than they provide. Others require less energy, but they instead are in need of great swaths of desirable land, or vast water resources to produce.

Enter algae. Algae can be grown, as Dahl describes it, in “a covered, shallow pond constructed of inexpensive, readily-available materials obtainable in many parts of the world.” And not only that, but algae’s energy efficiency is impressive: it is 5x higher than soy and twice that of corn. Its yield per acre is significant as well: “under ideal conditions, the same amount of land used for growing corn could produce up to 25 times more protein from microalgae in part due to continuous harvest year-round and significantly higher protein content found in microalgae.”

Yet Dahl is not shy about pointing out that we still have a long way to go. Major companies haven’t yet committed to algae because it has yet to be grown at scale,  and algae producers are hesitant to increase production without an established market. Rurthermore,  support from federal and state governments for R&D has much room to grow.

Once those steps fall into line, however, algae is primed to capitalize on the opportunity, and Zivo Biosciences is positioning itself to a leader in a space with some exciting times ahead.

Read the full article here.

BRDI Funding Opportunity

June, 20 / 2017

The Department of Agriculture and the Department of Energy have teamed up to offer $9 million in funding through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI). The initiative is intended to strengthen the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels and biobased products. The winning projects, in turn, will ideally help to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio and to develop ‘economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass.’

A number of ABO members will want to review this opportunity. The target technical areas are as follows:

  • Feedstocks development
  • Biofuels and biobased products development
  • Biofuels development analysis

For more details and for the full request for applications, visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Exchange website. Concept papers are due on July 7th and full applications are due by September 22nd.

2017 Algae Biomass Summit Agenda Posted

June, 15 / 2017

The Algae Biomass Organization has posted the preliminary agenda for the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit! Plenary topics have been determined, tracks have been set and speakers have been selected for the world’s largest algae conference, to be held in Salt Lake City, October 29 – November 1.  

Register today for the Summit to network with the top scientists and companies leading a wave of innovation in algae technology and product development.&nbsp

Early bird rates expire August 1st!

Topics include: algae in agriculture, food & nutrition, carbon & water management, advanced materials, energy, and more. 

View the agenda here.

CLEARAS Water Recovery’s System Installed at Utah Water Treatment Plant

June, 2 / 2017

ABO member CLEARAS Water Recovery recently announced that the South Davis Sewer District just outside Salt Lake City will soon be using the company’s advanced algae-based nutrient recovery technology at a 4,000,000 gallon per day water treatment plant.

CLEARAS joins ABO member Qualitas Health, alongside several aquaculture leaders, that have made major announcements in the past month indicating algae-based technologies are establishing a foothold in several markets.

CLEARAS’ Advanced Biological Nutrient Recovery (ABNR™) system harnesses algae and other microorganisms to continuously treat water in a variety of settings. The process offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to recover excess phosphorus, nitrogen and other high-profile contaminants, while also capturing carbon dioxide. The system is easily added to the existing treatment plant, and its modular design makes scaling a simple matter of adding more units.  

“ABNR has the potential to change the way we think about wastewater treatment and we are excited to have partnered with CLEARAS to advance the next generation of wastewater treatment and resource recovery.” said Dal Wayment, General Manager of the South Davis Sewer District. 

ABO congratulates CLEARAS, and their partners at the South Davis Sewer District for taking this forward-looking step. We look forward to more progress!

Want a first-hand look at this innovative project? The facility will be featured in tours available to attendees of the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, being held in Salt Lake City, October 29-November 1.

More information is available in this press release.

Qualitas Health Announces New Production Partnership to Triple Algae Production

June, 1 / 2017

ABO member Qualitas Health, the Texas-based company revolutionizing nutrition products by unleashing the potential of algae, announced a long term, strategic partnership with commercial crop producer Green Stream Farms to triple its algae production. With this partnership, Qualitas achieves enough critical mass to become a sustainable omega-3 alternative, worldwide, at commercial scale.

Matt Carr, ABO’s executive director commented: “Qualitas and Green Stream Farms deserve congratulations for a partnership that shows how algae will become an agricultural product with enormous potential. This partnership adds to a growing list of new commercial algae operations that are harnessing advanced technologies to address challenges in food, feed, health, agriculture, energy and the environment. They are helping to ensure a bright future for algae-based products.” 

Read Qualitas’ press release here.

Also great coverage by FastCompany here.