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Carbon Emissions To Feed Algae Production

carbon emissionsGreen tech company, HDS International announced today the licensing of an algae production technology that uses carbon emissions to feed algae. Developed by Hillwinds Ocean Energy, the technology enables all-natural, industrial non-toxic ocean-based biomass production, significantly reducing production expenses while increasing productivity.  

This innovation, said HDS CEO, Tassos Recachinas, will address “the world's most significant long-term problems, namely eco-sustainability and energy independence." 

The production technology can be applied to remove large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the waste emissions of a carbon emitter (reducing their CO2pollution), and to transfer large volumes of CO2 to photosynthetic organisms, boosting growth rates.

Under the terms of the license, HDS will apply the technology to develop fully integrated carbon capture, sequestration, and algae-for-biofuels production and processing facilities.  

Open-Pond Algae Cultivation

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A renewable and sustainable source of biofuel feedstock, algae contain protein and carbohydrates that can be processed into other marketable co-products (see here). According to many, algae-based biofuels represent the most promising large-scale substitute to petroleum. HDS believes that ocean-based algae production systems provide the best, most scalable pathway to overcome many of the hurdles associated with other conventional and alternative energy sources, while recycling carbon in a manner that is efficient, affordable and environmentally stable.   


Fri August 19 2011 12:02:29 AM by Octaform 28 Ocean production  |  carbon  |  algae

Dairy Cattle Perform Well On Algae Diet (Study)

Commercial micro-crop technology provider PetroAlgae recently announced the completion of a major third party study showing that micro-crop meal performs as well as alfalfa in dairy cattle diets.

algae as new feed for dairy cattleThe micro-crop technology employs indigenous, aquatic micro-organisms suitable to local climates and is designed to enable its technology licensees to produce a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels, a high-value protein co-product, and a new micro-crop meal for animal feed (which was the subject of the study), while absorbing carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions. 

 (Photo: eutrophication&hypoxia)   

The study encompassed a continuous 6-week feeding trial of a statistically significant sample of 36 dairy cows in the barns at the University of Minnesota.  

 “The results of this study show that PetroAlgae micro-crop meal is a desirable ingredient for high producing dairy cattle and that it performed comparably to high-protein alfalfa meal,” said Dr. Noah Litherland, who performed the study at the University of Minnesota.  “We are encouraged to see this product perform so well against one of the more universally understood products in dairy nutrition

The University of Minnesota study is the first to validate PetroAlgae micro-crop meal in the dairy diet against the industry standard, and its findings about PetroAlgae micro-crop meal and alfalfa should apply anywhere this market exists.  Furthermore, the local deployment advantages of PetroAlgae’s technology and the continuous nature of its production process, create supply chain advantages for the faster-growing dairy markets in Asia and the Middle East, all of which have a growing dependence on imports.  Micro-crop farms utilizing PetroAlgae’s technology grow new sources of protein, feed, and fuel feedstocks locally that are not genetically modified and are resistant to local diseases. 

“We are very excited with the findings of Dr. Litherland and his team at the University of Minnesota, said Anthony Tiarks, CEO of PetroAlgae.  “Confirming our product value against such a large and well-understood feed market is a key step in accelerating our commercialization and opens the door for bringing PetroAlgae micro-crop meal to other species and feed applications.  We believe the need for imports and destination market risks in the supply chain can be greatly reduced by utilizing our technology.  It can also provide a longer-term supply solution to the decline of forage acres around the world, as competing crops like corn, soybeans, and cotton displaces forage.” 

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Thu August 18 2011 11:58:45 PM by Octaform 2 algae  |  agriculture

Japanese Venture Invests $5 Million Into Algae Biofuels

Algae biofuels are continuing to capture the imagination of industry.

Lab Cultured AlgaeJapanese companies, IHI Corporation, Gene and Gene Technology (G&GT), and theNeo-Morgan Laboratory (NML) recently announced the formation of a joint company hoping to create jet fuel from algae.

Working with Kobe University, G&GT has developed an algal species called "Enomoto Alga." It grows through photosynthesis absorbing carbon dioxide. "Enomoto" has the highest growth rate among all algal varieties that produce fuel, and multiplies in a month to an amount about 1,000 times more than that achieved by the original species before improvement.

The joint company will also incorporate NML’s experience in the industrial application of microorganisms as well as IHI’s design and construction technologies of bio-plants, and carry out R&D activities such as trial operation of a low-cost culture system, development of oil content separation and extraction methods, and further improvement of the Enomoto Alga variety. The company plans to begin with culturing algae in an extent of several dozen liters in the short term, and expand to several cubic meters in two years.

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The new company, called IHI NeoG Algae, plans to invest about 5 million USD during the first two years and hopes to supply test samples of algae-based jet fuel within three years with a price target of just $1.25 per liter (down from the current cost of $12.50).

Thu August 18 2011 11:57:03 PM by Octaform 28 algae  |  investment