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Solazyme Research in Algae Oil

Solazyme ,a biotechnology company and Ecopetrol continue to work together on algae oil and biproducts using microalgae.Solazyme enters into Third phase of research. and development with Ecopetrol in Colombia.
Ecopetrol (EC, NYSE), is  the largest company in Colombia and one of the four major oil companies in Latin America, to analyze manufacturing viability of algae-based diesel fuel using renewable Colombian feedstocks such as sugarcane and byproduct glycerol. 

   Solazyme founded in 2003 has a unique technology that allows algae to produce oil and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities quickly, efficiently.
  The third phase will be conducting large-scale fermentation and engineering of demonstration scale facilities. Following this phase, the parties plan to move toward commercial deployment of renewable oil and fuel production.

   Do they have the answer for widespread usage of algae oil?
Sat October 09 2010 08:00:11 AM by Aathmika 1 Algae biofuel  |  Solazyme  |  Ecopetrol

Biofuel from Brown Algae

Brown algae (Macrocystis
pyrifera), better known as huiro is  to produce 
biofuel. Pesquera San Jos?
 is now co-developing the
InnovaChile project BAL Biofuels, a consortium of biotechnology research,
development and innovation (I D i).

The main
objective of the initiative is to develop the production of algae to capture
carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and to obtain competitively priced oils for
biodiesel production.

Investers of
the project will put forward USD 5 million, which will include the construction
of a pilot plant in the Region of Los Lagos, where the seaweed will be used to
produce ethanol.

Thu October 07 2010 11:01:15 AM by Aathmika Algae biofuel

Evodos Saves Energy

  Evodos of Netherlands has reduced the rate of energy consumption for algae harvesting by a factor of three to  0.7 KWHh per kilogram[dry weight] of algae.  The Evodos machines are soon to be launched in the market. The company?s tests were conducted on Nannochloropsis with an initial concentration of 3 Kg per cubic meter (3 grams per liter
Mon October 04 2010 10:33:41 AM by Aathmika 1 algae industry

Tax Break for Algae Industry

 Finally Algae Industry gets a tax break.A bill meant to give tax breaks to companies working on algae feedstocks-generated biofuel has been approved by the US House of Representatives.   The bill defines "algae-based biofuel" as ?any liquid fuel which is produced from the biomass of an algal organism (in essence, an organism that is primarily aquatic and classified as a non-vascular plant).  Unlike other biofuels algae has no controversial issue-fuel versus food on usage of land. 
Sun October 03 2010 12:15:22 PM by Aathmika 2 algae industry

Genetic Engineering and Algae

Dr Stephen Mayfield  of Skaggs and Skripps Institute of Research and  the scientific advisor for Sapphire has presented a case for the need for  genetic engineering of algae.   Cost, scalability and sustainability has selected algae as a suitable platform for biofuel.He estimates cost of production between $3-$60 per gallon. He sites reason for the engineering production of cellulose degrading  enzymes in algaeOn the whole a detailed analysis of algae biofuel is seen  
Thu September 23 2010 08:32:03 AM by Aathmika 2 Algae biofuel  |  Algae Tec

Wanted - Chief Research Manager

Indian Oil Corporation Limited, the largest commercial undertaking in India. Completed 50 Glorious years in the service to the nation in 2009. Is the highest ranked Indian Company in the prestigious Fortune 'Global 500' listing at 125th position.

 IndianOil Group of companies controls 10 of India's 20 refineries with a combined refining capacity of 62.7 million metric tones per annum (MMTPA). IndianOil and its subsidiary account for 48% (approx.) of the petroleum products market in India, 34% national refining capacity & 71% downstream sector pipelines capacity in India.

It is also the largest downstream petroleum company of India which has made major foray into biofuels.IOC, a premier research centre has current research programmes on 2nd generation biofuels which include lignocellulosic ethanol, algal bio-fuels , bio-hydrogen and has commercialized several processes in industrial biotechnology.

 The centre has state-of-the-art well equipped labs and a team of highly experienced / qualified bio-technologists.

Presently, we need a Chief Research Manager OR Deputy General Manager ? Biotechnology who will implement the research mandate in the area of energy related biological sciences and other related areas. Applications are invited from Indian Nationals desirous of a career in Research & Development. 
The Corporation offers excellent opportunities for individual growth and contribution based on performance and potential.
Profile:? Ph.D in Microbiology OR Ph.D in Molecular Biology OR Ph.D in Bio-Technology OR? Ph.D in Bio-Chemistry OR Ph.D in related areas of Bio-sciences.? Should have secured minimum 60% marks in Graduation as well as in Post-Graduation.? At least Fifteen years research experience in Academia / Industry.? Uptodate knowledge and experience in Energy Biosciences including Biomass processing, techno-economic assessment of bio-process and scale-up technology.? In depth knowledge of Molecular Biology, Enzymology, Genetic Engineering of microorganisms, Downstream processing, Fermentation and pre-treatment particularly of Lignocellulose processing and micro algae.? Outstanding track record reflected in publications and other recognitions.? Should posess demonstrated capabilities of leading group of scientists engaged in comprehensive research and developmental programmes.? Must have strong desire and ability to extend knowledge and research orientation to the team. He / she will be involved in team building and extend his / her expertise for the development of energy bioscience related technologies.? Maximum 55 yrs. of age for consideration as DGM and 50 yrs. of age for consideration as CRM (as on 30.09.2010).? MUST INCLUDE : In Bio-data details of research projects handled , number of patents filed / granted, technologies transferred etc.? Name, address,,e-mail, mobile no., phone no., etc. of two references fully acquainted with your research work.
Selection Methodology : The applicants meeting the prescribed eligibility criteria / experience requirement shall be required to attend Personal Interview.
Pay and Allowances :? Upon selection, the applicant will be placed in the pay scale of ` 51,300 ? 73,000/-. Besides Basic Pay and industrial pattern of DA, the other allowances/benefits include HRA, Medical Facilities, Performance Related Pay, Gratuity, Contributory Provident Fund, Employees? Pension Scheme, Group Pension Accident Insurance, Leave Travel Concession, Contributory Superannuation Benefit Fund Scheme, House Building Advance, Conveyance Advance/Maintenance Reimbursement, Professional Updation Allowance, Home Desk-Top PC, Children?s Education Allowance etc. as per rules.
Concessions/Relaxations :
? Reservation of Ex-servicemen shall be applicable as per Govt. Directives.? Age relaxation by 5 years for SC/ST, 3 years for OBC candidates and 10 years for PH candidates.? Age relaxation by 5 years for candidates domiciled in Jammu & Kashmir between 1.1.1980 and 31.12.1989.? Exemption from payment of application fee for SC/ST/ PH candidates.
General Instructions :? Applicants should satisfy themselves about their eligibility for the post applied.? Applicants presently employed in Govt. Deptt / PSUs / Autonomous Bodies must apply through proper channel or submit ?No Objection Certificate? at the time of interview.? Applicants must have consistent good academic record. Applicants having published work in national/international journals of repute should submit details with application.? Wherever CGPA/OGPA/DGPA or letter grade in a degree is awarded, its equivalent percentage of marks must be indicated in the application as per norm adopted by the University/Institute.? Applicants belonging to OBC category but coming in Creamy Layer will not be entitled to the benefit of reservation and should apply as general category candidate.? Applicants must attach with the application, demand draft, documentary evidence in support of age, qualifications, experience, caste certificate (in case of SC/ST/OBC), PH certificate(if applicable.? Minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination prescribed above is relaxed for SC/ST/PH category candidates.? General and OBC applicants are required to send a NON-REFUNDABLE crossed Demand Draft for `300/-(Rupees three hundred only) as application fee drawn on State Bank of India, Faridabad (Code 10449) in favour of INDIAN OIL CORPORATION LTD., R&D CENTRE payable at Faridabad. Write name and address on the reverse of Demand Draft. MO / IPO or any other mode of payment or DD drawn on banks other than SBI will not be accepted.

? Outstation applicants called for interview will be reimbursed airfare (economy class) from the airport nearest to the address mentioned in the Application Form to the place of interview / AC First class from the railway station nearest to the address mentioned in the Application Form to the place of interview on production of ticket.? Write name of the post at the top left hand corner of the envelope.? APPLICANTS WHO HAD APPLIED EARLIER AGAINST OUR ADVT. NO. R&D/87 FOR RECRUITMENT TO THE POST OF CHIEF RESEARCH MANAGER / DY. GENERAL MANAGER (BIO-TECHNOLOGY) NEED NOT APPLY.? LAST DATE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS : 15.10.2010If qualifying criteria is similar, preference will be given to applicants with longer experience in related area.
How to apply : Only those applicants who fulfill the eligibility criteria should submit typed/computer printed applications strictly in the prescribed format (attached) to Chief Human Resource Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Research and Development Centre, Sector 13, Faridabad-121007 (Haryana) only by ordinary post so as to reach latest by 15th October 2010. Applications with incomplete and without attachments / wrong particulars and those who do not meet the prescribed eligibility criteria as per advertisement or received after the due date will entail rejection and the DD will not be refunded.
Sat September 18 2010 11:24:57 PM by Aathmika 1 iocl  |  chief research manager  |  PhD  |  Indian oil corporation

Algae to oil - Not a low hanging fruit !

Says Virat markendaya in Scientific American 
read on http://www.iisc.ernet.in/news/sad0809News4p11.pdf?riisc=d173602ced141b9aaeacbc53868cb89a
Mon September 13 2010 02:39:41 AM by Aathmika virat markendaya  |  scientific american  |  algae to oil

National Algae Technology Roadmap Released

      DOE realising the importance of algae biofuel is pumping in more funds for research;it also is studying in depth the problems faced by this industry. DOE announced  the release of its first report  in fifteen  years on algae biofuel industry.- National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap. The  report  summarizes the industry, the research needed and the roadblocks to clear to make this green fuel cost competitive.      
Mon August 30 2010 04:18:52 AM by Aathmika 4 DOE  |  Algae biofuel  |  Technology Roadmap

Fresh Funding for Algae Biofuel

DOE has awarded 24 million for algae research  to the following 3 universities involved  in algae  biofuel research-

Algal Biofuels Consortium- led by Arizona state university

Consortium for
Algal Biofuels Commercialization (San Diego, Calif.) ? Led by the University of

 Cellana, LLC Consortium
(Kailua-Kona, Hawaii) ? Led by Cellana,.

     Each institute
will have specific areas of research.

Arizona University will focus on testing the acceptability of algal biofuels as
replacements for petroleum-based fuels

University of
California will concentrate on developing algae as a robust biofuels feedstock.

Cellana will examine large-scale production of fuels
and feed from microalgae grown in seawater.

This most recent funding is the second award this year given to algal research consortiums to identify barriers.

Zoi,Assisstant Secratary  said that scaling up production of biofuels is among the DOE?s primary goals.

Mon August 30 2010 04:05:25 AM by Aathmika DOE  |  funding  |  Algae biofuel

Algae Tec strikes good Revenue model

   Algae is multi productive-biodiesel, ethanol,
plastics, feedstock, jet fuel   to mention a few; further research can throw
up many new products.

Algae Tec's McConchie-Shroud system makes algae highly
viable, so much so China and Australia have signed MOUs with it.

Limited (ACN 124 544 190),  has secured
the exclusive global rights to a pioneering highly-efficient algae growth and
harvesting system (the McConchie-Stroud System).

McConchie-Stroud algae production technology are designed to generate four
revenue streams: oils which can be refined into biodiesel; carbohydrates
(sugars) that can be used in the production of ethanol; proteins that can be
used as feedstock for farm animals; and protein and carbohydrate biomass that
can be combined to produce jet fuel.


 Hong Kong company Pacific Minerals
Limited and Australian company RKD International Pty Ltd provides for the
establishment of a Chinese joint venture with the objective of introducing
Algae.Tec's technology into
 China with the establishment of commercial production facilities.

McConchie-Stroud uses low-maintenance technologies and a highly efficient solar
system to produce algae in one-tenth of the land surface as compared to the
current pond method for producing algae.

Algae.Tec System is designed to deliver the highest yield of algae per hectare,
and solves the problem of food-producing land being turned over for bio fuel

is backed by investors from the United Kingdom, Asia and
the USA who have invested more than $5 million in research and development of the
algae production technology over the past seven years




Fri August 27 2010 04:56:04 AM by Aathmika algae tec  |  Algae biofuel