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Prof S Elumalai of Presidency college get DRDO nod for algae biofuel research

Prof S. Elumalai has been a serious researcher on algae from bio fuel.
It is heartening to note that my city Chennai is now getting big time in the oil from algae map.

Prof S Elumalai went to Durban University in SA and signed a MOU  to firm up academic and scientific collaboration between the Presidency College, Durban University of Technology and Brazil.

Between April and June this young bright Ass Prof at Presidency college in the dept of Plant biology, was in Durban University as a visiting faculty. He is known for his insiteful research focus and keen interest in algae biofuel.

S.Elumalai of Presidency College has been
given theDRDO bio diesel project to extract oil from  algae found in ancient temple tanks of south india.
The idea is exciting. Chennai and Tamilnadu are known for temples.
To select strains from the temple tanks is a great idea.

DNA finger printing technology is to be used to identify the best algae strain for mass multiplication.
The forests in North east of India will also provide the strains of ancient algae.
Thu November 25 2010 07:07:00 AM by Manohar 29 Prof S Elumalai  |  Elumalai  |  DRDO  |  algae biofuel


World Health Energy Holdings, Inc. gets a ticker symbol of WHEN  , a public holding company operating in the alternative energy sector. That is a terrific symbol to get.

WHAT's more interesting is WHEN acquires a company
in the algae tech field.

Guess WHERE this company is located ?
India !
Read on !

World Health Energy Holdings, Inc. has formulated a business plan focused on biofuels produced from algae, which boasts substantially higher yields in comparison to ethanol derived from corn, rapeseed, jatropha and palm oil. The company also works with visionary enterprises in the multi-billion dollar renewable energy arena producing progressive, broad-based solutions for better physical, nutritional and environmental health worldwide.

'We are pleased to have been able to secure this easily identifiable symbol because it better reflects our strategic objective to build upon the company's technology of utilizing algae in the production of biofuels,' said Mr. David Lieberman, Acting CEO of World Health Energy Holdings.

World Health Energy Holdings, Inc. recently acquired GNE-India, an algae technology company with the distribution and licensing rights to a unique and innovative system to grow algae quickly and efficiently for energy and food protein. GNE-India owns and retains the territorial rights for distribution and sales of the proprietary technology to both India and Sri Lanka.

About World Health Energy Holdings, Inc. http://www.worldhealthenergy.com

World Health Energy Holdings, Inc. is an emerging renewable energy and biofuel company. The company will produce, sub-license and market high-quality, low cost B100 Biodiesel to replace traditional fossil fuels with proprietary algae biofuel systems.

About GNE-India, Inc. http://www.globalworldenergy.org
Thu November 11 2010 10:45:24 PM by Manohar 1 when  |  David Lieberman  |  GNE-India

What Happens After November 2nd?

I am
copying a mail from Riggs of Origin Oil.


If you're in the USA, you know there's
widespread speculation that the Republicans will take back ground tomorrow in
the House, Senate and in the States.

What will this mean for algae?
Actually, this is likely to change very little for our young industry.
If anything, it could give us a boost.

The BIGGEST reason is national security, always a Republican priority.

 Did you know that our research agreement with the Department of Energy was actually developed during the Bush administration... driven by national security concerns?

The U.S. Navy
is strongly committed to algae and plans to do test runs of its entire
non-nuclear fleet by the end of 2012 using algae fuel.

 By 2020, The U.S.
military hopes to run 50 percent of its fleet on a mixture of
renewable fuels and nuclear power.

Then there's the petroleum industry, which has already voted with its dollars by investing deeply in algae.
Meanwhile, algae projects are
popping up all over the world. Our strategic customer in Australia,
well-funded by the mining industry, is building algae systems to absorb
heavy CO2 emissions by the big fossil fuel operators! This is deeply interesting to US coal, oil and gas interests.

Algae is built into the world's energy plans. We are the solution and we have the momentum.
Our own systems are now in the
field, being tested intensively to help keep that momentum. We'll keep
you updated on our progress over the coming weeks and months. This is a
very exciting time.

We know we're very lucky to have your support. We'll continue to work hard to earn it!
Riggs and team

Riggs Eckelberry

President & CEO

OriginOil, Inc. (
Tue November 02 2010 05:37:27 AM by Manohar prop 23  |  Nov 2nd  |  Riggs eckleberry

US Navy Demos Algae-Fueled Boat


a move the service says is part of its strategy to float a ?Green
Fleet? by 2016, the US Navy demoed for media today a boat that runs ? in
part ? on algae.

The so-called Riverine Command Boat ?
Experimental, or RCB-X, runs its engines on 50 percent 'algae-based'
fuel and 50 percent F-76 diesel fuel.

a strategic perspective, we are reducing reliance on fossil fuels from
unstable locations. Tactically, efficient use of energy resources
extends our combat range and use of non-petroleum fuels assures multiple
supplies are available.

The RCB-X has a total of
1,700 horsepower with its engines and is manned by four crew. It?s been
operational since at least June but the first alternative fuel version
was tested in October.

According to SecNav Mabus, the RCB-X is the latest in a host of green fuel initiatives for the service?

am excited about what we've done with biofuels, because I think this
has the potential to make a big, long-term dent in our fossil fuel
usage,' said Mabus.

'We conducted a supersonic flight of the Green
Hornet in the spring on a 50?50 blend of camelina-based biofuel and
JP-5. Biofuel testing has continued, and last week the first operational
test of an algae-based biofuel was conducted on a Riverine Combat Boat
(RCB-X) in Hampton Roads. In both cases, for the Green Hornet and the
RCB-X, the engines didn't know the difference.

like something that makes sense to me for a service that consumes a huge
amount of fossil fuels. But the Navy?s goal to have an entire strike
group fueled by 'green blends' deployed by 2016 (they?re calling it the
Great Green Fleet) smacks of over confidence.

But hey, at least
someone's trying to save the planet, nevermind the organization doing it
has enough firepower to get pretty close to destroying it?

? Christian

Mon October 25 2010 03:42:54 PM by Manohar algae fuelled boat  |  algae fuel  |  US Navy

Royal Society gives ?250,000 for an innovation in algae biofuel

A bubble-maker that looks like the flux capacitor from the Back to the Future films last night won a ?250,000 prize from the Royal Society for its ability to transform the cost and effectiveness of growing algae for biofuel, treating sewage and cooling computers.

The Y-shaped device delivers tiny but perfectly formed bubbles by mimicking the way children blow bubbles. Its inventor, Prof Will Zimmerman, a chemical engineer at the University of Sheffield, explained:

If you blow slowly and steadily, you blow a big bubble, but we use our fluidic oscillator to blow short puffs and make small bubbles.

The device has been used in field trials to produce algae from the exhaust gas from chimneys at the steel maker Corus.

Zimmerman said that as well as efficiently delivering carbon dioxide bubbles to feed the algae, the small bubbles crucially - unlike larger ones - carry away waste oxygen and allow 100% of the algae to survive.

If you sit in your own waste products, it's not good for your health, it stunts your growth and leads to death,he said. The bubble-maker also stirs the algae, meaning each cell is better exposed to the light it needs to grow. I call it a five star hotel for algae.

Ben Graziano, Carbon Trust manager of its algae biofuels challenge, said: There has been a lot of hype in this area and we think algal biofuels are 10 years from being commercialised, as most of the expertise is in the laboratory at the moment.

But biofuel from algae can reduce carbon dioxide emissions significantly better than many existing biofuels, and can be sustainable as they don't need arable land.

The oil giant ExxonMobil is making a $600m (?376m) investment in algae biofuels, working with the human genome decoder Craig Venter to engineer algae to produce more oil. Shell has also invested in the technology.

Overall, the system devised by Zimmerman requires 80% less energy than existing methods of creating bubbles for chemical processes. This advantage, and the lower cost of the equipment, has led Yorkshire Water and Anglian Water to work with Zimmerman to improve their treatment of sewage, which is broken down by bacteria in ponds.

Martin Tillotson, from Yorkshire Water, said: Given the huge volumes, treating wastewater is very costly in electricity and carbon terms. This technology offers the potential to produce a step-change in energy performance.

Zimmerman was presented with the Royal Society's Brian Mercer award for innovation last night and receives ?250,000 of prize money to help commercialise the technology. But he said money was not his main motivation. If I was chasing money I would have gone into industry where they pay more for my skills.

He holds two patents and will be chief technology officer for a company being spun out of the university. "If the company does well, then I will [get rich], if not I will lose my stake."

He could not name the Californian technology company that he is working with to convert solar heated water into a cooling device for computers.

ExxonMobil and Shell had not been in touch yet.
Zimmerman added: "Elephants don't gallop."
Mon October 18 2010 02:50:07 PM by Manohar 28 manohar namasivayam  |  manohar  |  Prof Will Zimmerman

Algae fuel startups ! 15 of them !

About two and a half years ago, Katie Fehrenbacher made a list of Algae fuel companies that one should know.

The companies listed were GreenFuel Technologies:
Solazyme, Blue Marble Energy, Inventure Chemical,
Solena:, Live Fuels, Solix Biofuels, Solix, Aurora Biofuels, Aquaflow Binomics, Petro Sun, Bionavitas,
Mighty Algae Biofuels, Bodega Algae, Seambiotic,
and Cellena.

Now, he has made another list of 15 companies.
If you see that you will realise how dynamic the market and technology are. Things are moving really fast.

Seven new companies have found place in the top 15.
They are, Sapphire energy, Bioalgene, Phycal, Algenol
General atomics, Synthetic genomics and Bionovitas.

The companies that have retained their place in the top 15 are

Seambiotic, Aurora Biofuels, Petro Sun, Solazyme, Bodega Algae, Solix, Live Fuels and Aquaflow Binomics.

I reserve my views on Petro algae, though.

Go on and read about what Katie Fehrenbacher
has to say about his selection of 15 algae companies.

. Solazyme: One of the leaders in the algae fuel industry, seven-year-old Solazyme has amassed more than $125 million in funding from high profile investors like oil company Chevron?s VC arm, investors Morgan Stanley, Virgin Group?s Richard Branson, and personal goods product producer Unilever.

 I toured the factory last year, and while the company isn?t producing commercial-scale algae fuel just yet, it?s currently selling its algae oil for applications like food (yum, algae milk) and products like lotions.

Solazyme wants to commercialize its fuel technology in the 2012-2013 time frame, with a production cost target of $60 to $80 per barrel. To get there, it will have to build a commercial-scale algae plant, which can cost over $100 million.

2). Aurora Algae: Formerly called Aurora Biofuels, the newly christened Aurora Algae has been searching for commercial markets today in turning algae into nutrients and protein products, in contrast to the far out markets for algae fuel.

 That change is not exactly a vote of confidence for the short-term plans of algae-based biofuel startups to bring a cost-competitive replacement for fossil fuels to market.

Originally developed at the University of California at Berkeley, the company is using genetics to isolate algae strains that can efficiently create biodiesel.

Aurora claims the technology can create biodiesel fuel with yields that are 125 times higher and have 50 percent lower costs than current production methods

3). Synthetic Genomics: Synthetic Genomics ? the brainchild of genomics guru Craig Venter ? has scored the largest deal with an oil company of all of its competitors: a $600 million partnership with Exxon Mobil. As we put it last year, the deal was so big for the nascent algae fuel industry, it was basically algae?s big break. Synthetics Genomics and Exxon opened an algae test facility at Synthetic Genomic?s HQ in La Jolla, Calif. in June. The greenhouse facility is the first step in figuring out if Synthetic Genomic?s algae fuel can move beyond the lab environment and be produced economically at a larger scale. The next step will be an outdoor facility that the partners will build by 2011.

Synthetic Genomics also had a world-changing breakthrough in May, when Venter officially became God and his team successfully created the first synthetic bacterial cell ? in other words, the first artificial life form.

A synthetic life form could be uniquely suited to help fight climate change and aid in uncovering new energy sources because a designer organism could be developed to only perform certain tasks, like converting sugar to ethanol, which would result in a very efficient process.

Natural microbes have other life priorities like, say, replication, but a synthetic organism can be created to perform one function only.

4). PetroAlgae: PetroAlgae currently trades on the trades on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol PALG, but in August filed an S-1 for an IPO.

PetroAlgae describes its technology as a development of light and environmental management systems that enable algae to grow at four times its natural growth rates.

The company says its ?secret sauce? is in its software, which can manage algae harvesting density and sunlight exposure, as well as its remote sensing system that can measure the algae crop density.

However, the company?s business model (conveniently for them) is to have their customers pay all upfront infrastructure costs as well as continued maintenance for their licensed facilities, in addition to licensing fees for the first three years of a 20-year license, plus a royalty stream during the life of the license.

I am pretty skeptical of this company ? it's steadily lost money and has no revenues.

5). Sapphire Energy: Sapphire is another algae fuel heavyweight that hadn?t yet come onto our radar at the time of our original list.

Founded in 2007, Sapphire Energy plans to ramp up its production to 1 million gallons of algae-based diesel and jet fuel per year by 2011.

By 2018, Sapphire says it will crank out up to 100 million gallons per year, and by 2025, the company says that number will soar to 1 billion gallons per year, which would be about 3 percent of the U.S. renewable fuel standard.

So yep, those are some big claims. Sapphire has raised more than $100 million from the likes of Bill Gates? investment firm Cascade Investment, as well as ARCH Venture Partners, Wellcome Trust and Venrock, and so far it has tested its fuel with two commercial airlines: Continental and JAL.

6). Bioalgene: Outta Seattle University, Bioalgene is trying to speed up the process of algae production to an 8-day cycle.

The company says three outdoor field tests in 2008 with Washington State University have proven its concepts, and Bioalgene plans to build pilot plant sites in Eastern Washington.

7). Phycal: Phycal came onto my radar when it won a $24.2 million federal research grant for its algae fuel technology. It?s parent company is Logos Energy, and its based in St. Louis.

8). Live Fuels: Live Fuels has a slightly offbeat new approach to algae fuel, that it?s tweaked since our original list. ?We cook ?em and squeeze ?em,? LiveFuel?s CEO Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones explained to us, describing her company?s process for turning algae-fed fish into oil for fuel using heat and high pressure.

 It?s a more gruesome way of harvesting pond scum than the mechanical equipment employed by other startups working on algal fuels.

Founded in 2006, LiveFuels kicked off its pilot operations at a 45-acre open pond test facility in Brownsville, Texas, a year ago. The company raised $10 million in May 2007 from David Gelbaum?s quiet Quercus Trust.

9). Solix Biofuels: Solix says its technology is able to be massively scaled, which at the end of the day is the secret that will unlock algae fuel.

Specifically Solix describes its technology as proprietary photobioreactors that are ten times more productive than open pond systems.

 Partners include Valero, Los Alamos National Labs, Colorado State University, and Shanghai Alliance Investment.

10). Aquaflow: The New Zealand company?s goal is to become the first company in the world to economically produce biofuel from wild algae harvested from open-air environments.

The company is unusual in that it harvests algae from polluted waters and produces biofuels from that harvested algae.

So revenue streams can be cleaning up water, and producing biofuels. The company has partnered with Honeywell?s UOP.

11). Bionavitas: Four-year-old Bionavitas is still pretty much under the radar, but according to some reports (like this CNET one) the company uses long light rods to deliver more light to algae to stimulate growth and to cut the costs of algae farming.

12). Seambiotic: Seambiotic says it?s the first company in the world that is utilizing flue gas from coal burning power stations for algae cultivation. The company is seven-years-old and is based in Israel.

13). Bodega Algae: Like several of its competitors Bodega Algae uses closed bioreactors instead of open ponds to grow algae. But the company?s reactors are scalable and stackable, and are meant to be placed next to industrial and municipal waste streams to harvest the algae. Bodega has its roots out of MIT.

14). Algenol: Algenol says it grows hybrid algae to produce ethanol, and has assembled one of the largest collections of blue-green algae strains in the world.

To date, the company says it has raised $70 million and it plans to build a pilot-scale biorefinery, and a 100 million to 1 billion gallon of ethanol per year refinery.

 Algenol says it has partned with Dow Chemical and Valero and has received a $25 million grant from the DOE.

15). General Atomics: OK, it?s not a startup, but San Diego-based nuclear power research company General Atomics has been working on algae fuel technology for the past couple of years and last year scored a $43 million contract with DARPA to create algae-based jet fuel

Mon October 18 2010 01:53:10 PM by Manohar 2 manohar namasivayam  |  manohar  |  algae startups  |  algae biofuels

Algae business opportunities

National Algae Association has two requests.

One is for a bioreactor tech and feedstock development for a pilot scale algae production facility at CA, USA.

The second one is determining the  potential of an
integrated wastewater to jet fuel process configuration featuring algae.

Read on



The first request is for a company that can provide
bioreactor technology and feedstock development to establish a pilot-scale
algae production facility at an ethanol plant in California.  The goal is
to evaluate the different production pathways for algae biomass, including
anaerobic digestion, fermentation, flash pyrolysis, hydrotreating, and use as
animal feed and fertilizer.  Interested in two algae strains: 
oil-rich and carbohydrate-rich.


The second project will investigate the potential of an
integrated wastewater to jet fuel process configuration featuring algae as the
central technology platform.   Strains to be determined.


If you are currently growing algae
in closed-loop photobioreactors and are interested in pursuing these
opportunities, please submit details on your growing and harvesting
capabilities to us no later than October 22, 2010.


For additional information, please contact:


National Algae Association

4747 Research Forest Dr., Suite 180

The Woodlands, Texas 77381





Sat October 16 2010 02:32:15 AM by Manohar 8 NAA  |  business opportunities

First study comparing Algae processing with soy biodiesel and petroleum..

Professors Thomas Bradley and Bryan Willson, relied on data for their research  from the world renowned Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State and spinoff Solix Biofuels Inc.
They say
is net beneficial - it reduces greenhouse gas emissions more than soy
biodiesel and is more scalable and it has lower energy consumption than
soy biodiesel."

This has far reaching implications.

The study appears in this week?s Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.

?There has been some research indicating that algae might be more energy intensive, but this study is the first to directly compare the complete manufacturing process of algae, petroleum biodiesel, and soybean biodiesel," Bradley said.

"We made an apples-to-apples comparison and the results show that algae is net beneficial - it reduces greenhouse gas emissions more than soy biodiesel and is more scalable and it has lower energy consumption than soy biodiesel."

Bradley and the team assessed the entire "life cycle" of the algae-to-biodiesel process including such factors as the energy used to grow algae, the diesel burned by trucks used to move the algae biodiesel from processing facilities to the pump to the energy used to make fertilizer for growth.

"We have access to the most up-to-date data and industrial-scale understandings of how this works in the real world," Bradley said. "We?re very lucky to be doing this work here at Colorado State University."

"We?re doing system-level analysis that can help policymakers and people who are trying to design our next energy system and help them make decisions about how to do this,? Bradley said. "We?re trying to understand the impact of this new algae energy system that everybody?s interested in."

Also working on the paper were doctoral students Liaw Batan and Jason Quinn.

The Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at Colorado State University has an international reputation for its market-driven solutions.

Products developed at the EECL in partnership with industrial partners have reduced pollution in the atmosphere by millions of tons and have saved more than 14 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

The lab has developed solutions to reduce emissions from large industrial engines, supported dozens of companies with new engine technology, made important contributions to basic combustion science, worked to define architectures for the future electric grid, and brought clean energy solutions to the developing world.

Thu September 30 2010 02:00:54 PM by Manohar 9 Bryan Willson  |  manohar namasivayam  |  Liaw Batan and Jason Quinn

Beckons ties with GTZ for commercial prodn of biodiesel

Beckons is  a reverse merged software company to the best of my knowledge.
I have not heard of GTZ of Germany being an expert in co location of an algae farm with a power plant nor for that matter about algae growth.

I am not able to get much info about Beckons' ability to grow algae adequate to utilise the flue gases from any chimney.
However the article from the newspaper is here for your perusal .

Beckons ties up with GTZ for commercial production of algae biodiesel feedstock news

27 September 2010

Beckons Industries Ltd jointly with GTZ of Germany will work
towards setting up a facility for production of algae feedstock for
commercial-scale biodiesel projects.

Under the agreement, GTZ
will cooperate with Beckons for setting up a centre of excellence and a
facility for production of algae feedstock for biodiesel in India.

centre will validate and demonstrate technology for production of algae
feedstock for effectively dealing with renewable energy and CO2
reduction, Beckons said in a filing with the Bombay Stock Exchange

Beckons said its high-yielding algae farms could recycle
carbon dioxide from flue gases to produce biofuels and feed, reducing
net carbon dioxide production and turning waste into profitable

algae for biofuels enhances domestic fuel production while mitigating
the problem of increasing carbon dioxide levels, according to Beckons.

This, the company says, helps to profitably sequester CO2 without the use of expensive technology.

Wed September 29 2010 02:04:48 PM by Manohar beckons industries  |  GTZ  |  germany

Wave of investment in macroalgae ?!

Will sea-based sugars from macro-algae provide a
new feedstock for advanced biofuels, drop in fuels and
biochemicals for these emerging sugar-based,
infrastructure compatible biofuels and chemicals

Evidently, an increasing number of
petrochemical majors including Dupont, Statoil,
and ENAP believe harvesting sugars from macroalgae
is an attractive investment as a next-generation,
sea-based feedstock for advanced biofuels, dropin
fuels, biochemicals, and biopolymers.
Tue September 28 2010 11:21:26 PM by Manohar 2 macro algae  |  sea weed  |  dupont  |  statoil