ARPA-E Makes Game-changing $22 million Investment in Macroalgae

September, 19 / 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced 18 awards totaling over $22 million to support high-impact research and development in macroalgae production for fuels and other products. The grants are being made under the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program, launched by ARPA-E in December following extensive consultation with ABO and other algae industry stakeholders. MARINER projects will develop the tools to enable the United States to become a leading producer of macroalgae for fuels and a variety of other products. Congratulations to the many ABO members among the awardees.

Cashing in on Carbon, Nitrogen, and Nutrients at the Algae Biomass Summit

September, 15 / 2017

Algae cultivation and other microbial approaches to mitigating carbon emissions are gaining attention for their ability to create valuable co-products alongside emissions reductions.  Meanwhile, several projects around the world are also using algae to mitigate nutrient releases from domestic wastewater, agriculture and feedlot operations.

Join representatives from utilities, manufacturing and agriculture at the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit as they discuss the exciting opportunities for applications of algae in nutrient and carbon recycling.  Plenary speakers include:

  • Mark Allen, Vice President, Accelergy Corporation
  • Rob Teegarden, Vice President, Orlando Utilities Commission
  • Mark Edwards, Co-Founder, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance
  • Dal Wayment, General Manager, South Davis Sewer District, Utah

Check out the full 2017 Algae Biomass Summit agenda at:  2017 Algae Biomass Summit Agenda

Health & Nutrition at the Algae Biomass Summit

September, 8 / 2017

Algae are set to play an enormous role in health and nutrition solutions for the 21st century. Join leading technology and product developers at the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit to learn how algae are becoming a sustainable source of alternative proteins, nutraceuticals and oils, or as a production platform for innovative therapies and new drugs.

The Summit’s opening panel will feature global nutrition leaders and pioneers in plant-based products to discuss opportunities and challenges in bringing algae health solutions to the global market, including: 
     Chris Butt, Principal Scientist, DSM 
     Uma Sudan, CEO, Valensa International 
     Xun Wang, CEO, Triton Algae Innovations 
     Miguel Calatayud, CEO, Qualitas Health

Check out the full 2017 Algae Biomass Summit agenda at:  2017 Algae Biomass Summit Agenda


Farm Bill Energy Title Programs Get Key Backing

September, 8 / 2017
Key Farm Bill Energy Title programs received a series of much-needed endorsements yesterday, offering hope as congressional negotiators continue work on FY2018 USDA funding and the next Farm Bill re-authorization. 
Senators Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) yesterday introduced the Agricultural Energy Programs Reauthorization Act of 2017 which will reauthorize key rural energy and manufacturing programs in Title IX of the Farm Bill and provide robust funding through 2023. In addition to renewed funding, the proposal includes several ABO energy title policy priorities, including eligibility under the Sec. 9002 Biopreferred program for products from algae and other biomass produced using captured carbon. 
The bill’s introduction followed a new report from the Ag Energy Coalition yesterday on the importance of Farm Bill Energy Title programs and an Op-Ed from AEC Director, Lloyd Ritter, on the need for sustained funding. ABO is an AEC member. 
We still have our work cut out for us as Farm Bill energy programs continue to face opposition from some quarters, but these new developments offer our efforts a real boost. A tip of the cap to Lloyd and his team at AEC.

DOE Announces Four Additional PEAK Awards

September, 8 / 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office today announced the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits (PEAK) funding opportunity. The selected projects include numerous ABO member companies and institutions. Total funding for the seven PEAK awards announced to date (including the three previously announced awards) now tops $16 million. A big thanks to the Congressional Algae Caucus for the June 30 letter that got the ball rolling.

One day left! Early bird rates for the Summit expire tomorrow!

July, 31 / 2017

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WSU Accelerates Algae Growth With New Research

July, 24 / 2017

One Pacific Northwest university is doing their best to innovate the algae industry. According to a Washington State University article by Tina Hilding, the school has developed a new method to grow algae more efficiently, taking only days instead of weeks.

Saving Time and Money

By accelerating growth rates, WSU’s research aims to open up the uses of algae to more industries. The research, led by graduate student Sandra Rincon and her professor Haluk Beyenal, created a “unique biofilm reactor that recycles gasses and uses less water and lower light than typical reactors. The algae produced was full of the fats that make it suitable for biodiesel production and ‘fatter’ than other biofilm reactors have produced. Because of a removable membrane, it was also easier to harvest than typical systems.”

The innovation doesn’t stop there, as the system also allows the algae to feed off of unsavory byproducts created during biodiesel production such as glycerol, as well as urea— a cheap chemical that provides the algae much-needed nitrogen.

Now, the researchers have applied to patent the technology and optimize the method.

Read more about the research at WSU’s news page.

Cutting edge research like this will be featured at the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit in Salt Lake City from October 29 through November 1. Make sure to sign up now, as the early bird rates expire on August 1.

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. 

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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.