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In the twentieth century, oil was black gold. But as we march deeper into the twenty-first century, we could have a lucrative new fuel on our hands. One that’s blue-green and sometimes a little smelly. It’s found in wastewater, but it’s capable of powering jets. It’s algae. How It Works To be...
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Lab success doesn’t always translate to real-world success. A team of Michigan State University scientists, however, has invented a new technology that increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels cross that gap and come closer to reality. The current issue of Algal Research showcas...
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The United States Navy has figured out how to turn seawater into fuel and it will cost about the same as gasoline. This technology is in its infancy and it’s already this cheap? What happens when it’s refined and perfected? Oil is only getting more expensive as the easy-to-reach deposits are tapped...
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Fossil fuel use, even with the environmental and economic security challenges it poses, remains the dominant source of energy in the U.S. But its 80-percent share of the energy supply could be diminished in as little as five years. Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego are taking the ...
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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have finally discovered a way to convert a small mixture of algae and water into a kind of crude oil in less than an hour. Algae based biofuel has long remained a topic of interest among scie...
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When the U.S. Navy sailed an imposing fleet near Hawaii that was powered in part by algae and used cooking grease, environmentalists weren't the only ones who were thrilled. Executives at bioenergy startups in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and elsewhere — and the venture capitalis...
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The U.S. Energy Department awarded about $22.5 million in grants to companies and researchers seeking to produce fuel from algae and other types of biomass. The funding, which also went to projects in California and New Mexico, is part of the Energy Department’s effort to break down technical barri...
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STARTING when they became friends in freshman year at Emory University in Atlanta, Jonathan S. Wolfson and Harrison F. Dillon would take off into the mountains of Wyoming and Colorado for weeks at time. They spent their days hiking in the wilderness and their nights drinking bourbon by the campfire,...
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This photo shows oil being squeezed from the algae species, Botryococcus Braunii. B. Braunii is known for its production of oil, which converts relatively easily into gasoline and diesel. Credit: Arum Han/Texas A&M University (Phys.org)—Though biofuels from algae hold great promise, Cornell res...
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In 2006, rising oil prices prompted molecular biologist Stephen Mayfield to shift his research from algae’s medical uses to turning the green goo into green crude. His work prompted a handful of biotech entrepreneurs to found Sapphire Energy in San Diego in 2007 in the hope of producing the sustaina...
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Microalgae are slimy, tiny and green, but they could provide significant solutions to the energy crisis. Scientists are looking to these eukaryotes as a possible alternative energy source that could help countries wean their dependence on pollutant-producing fossil fuels. As we become aware of the e...
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  Once a promising source of green energy, high-tech biofuel is being eclipsed by skin cream and food products as manufacturers shift to more lucrative products. After Congress enacted a renewable fuel standard in 2005, more than a dozen Bay Area companies joined the race to desig...
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Algae, known to most of us as pond scum, is the most promising sustainable source of energy to meet the growing demand for juice to power everything from cars to factories, according to a major technical organization.  “There is not an infinite amount of oil in the Earth and we are using it qu...
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An Arizona-based algae technology company says it’s on to something big: harnessing the growth of algae at a commercial scale so that it can ultimately be used as a transportation fuel. “Heliae” broke ground Friday on its new plant. Now, all it needs is an abundance of sunshine, water and carbon dio...
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