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DHA from Algae Better than that from Fish

According to Dr Barbara Levine, associate professor of nutrition in medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, ?the purest source of DHA is not the fish itself, but rather what fish consume: the ocean?s vegetarian plant algae. Taking DHA supplements produced from marine algae is therefore a safe way for pregnant women to boost their fatty acid stores.?

Martek Biosciences from the US is the only company in the world that has managed to produce DHA from patented strains of algae grown in large-scale fermentation tanks located away from the sea using filtered water ? under tightly controlled GMP manufacturing conditions.

Farmed algae located away from the sea means that there is no exposure to oceanic contaminants. DHA from algae source is also free from other long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, like EPA, that is found naturally in fish oil.

Apparently, this is the reason why Martek?s DHA is found in more than 99% of DHA-enriched infant formulas in the US. Interesting!

Source - http://bit.ly/arlrr2
Sun March 28 2010 04:43:47 PM by Narsi 32 PUFA  |  fatty acids  |  dha  |  martek biosciences

Pollution Chemistry Study in Algae Biofuels to be Funded by NSF

So let's just assume all the numbers work out and algae-based biodiesel fulfills its destiny as the most promising second-generation biofuel out there. Then what? Well, two researchers from Colorado State University intend to find out.

Anthony Marchase and Azer Yalin have received a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to determine the pollutant formation chemistry of algae-derived biofuels. Marchase summed up the study by posing the questions: "What are the consequences if we were to suddenly go from zero to 20 billion gallons of algae-based biofuel per year over the next 20 years? Are there going to be any consequence that we may not have thought about?"

More from here - http://bit.ly/dp0UbE
Sun March 28 2010 04:29:30 PM by Narsi algae-oil-consequences

Key Cost Components of Algae PBR

I was discussing with my colleague on the cost reduction strategies in PBRs.

Our discussion turned to the key components that are significant contributors to cost:
1. Materials
2. Aeration
3. Lighting

I have requested my colleague to read up on the latest efforts in these specific topics. I hope to share the data from these with our newsletter readers.
Thu March 25 2010 08:38:28 AM by Narsi 18 cost  |  photobioreactors

CO2-eating algae turns cement maker green

A mixture of hot gas rises out of a flue stack at the St. Marys Cement plant about 50 kilometres west of Waterloo. But not all the CO2-rich exhaust is vented to the open air.

Some is redirected through a 15-centimetre thick pipe connected to the side of the stack. The pipe carries the gas into a high-tech facility where a species of algae from the neighbouring Thames River uses photosynthesis to absorb the carbon dioxide and release oxygen in return.

"It's a small model of what a big full-scale facility could be," says Martin Vroegh, environment manager with St. Marys Cement Inc., headquartered in Toronto. The algae project, which went live last fall, is believed to be the first in the world to demonstrate the capture of CO2 from a cement plant.

Thu March 25 2010 05:43:44 AM by Narsi 25 co2-capture  |  cement

UK ?dream team? begins search for cost-effective algae biofuel

A team of UK scientists is to begin work to find a winning formula for cultivating 70 billion litres of algae biofuel by 2030.

The scientists from 11 UK academic institutions have been picked to take part in the Algae Biofuels Challenge, an ?8 million fund to develop a commercial market for algae biofuels first launched in October 2008 by the Carbon Trust, the Government agency set up to develop low carbon technologies for the UK.

Thu March 25 2010 05:42:21 AM by Narsi 2 research  |  uk

Texas A&M University Exposes Algae?s Secret Fossil Fuel Stash

In the search for a high efficiency algae biofuel, a team of researchers lead by Texas A&M University has been delving into the inner workings of the Botryococcus braunii green algae, and they have discovered a direct connection between the algae and deposits of petroleum and coal. The discovery is significant because it could lead to the development of new strains of algae that produce the highest yield of biofuel compared to the amount of space needed to raise them.

Thu March 25 2010 05:41:47 AM by Narsi 26 Botryococcus braunii  |  petroleum

EADS Backs Algae As Future Biofuel

Airbus parent company EADS is backing algae as the best source of sustainable jet fuel, arguing that other feedstocks will not allow the airline industry to meet its carbon-footprint reduction goals. http://bioenergy.checkbiotech.org/news/eads_backs_algae_future_biofuel
Thu March 25 2010 05:40:40 AM by Narsi eads  |  aviation

Sapphire to cultivate algae in New Mexico

Algae will be cultivated by Sapphire Energy in man-made ponds about 8 miles west of Columbus on the Mexican border, to later be converted to a green goop called algae-based biofuel, oilgae, or algal fuel.

Thu March 25 2010 05:38:31 AM by Narsi 27 sapphire-energy

UNL team looks to tap algae for energy

A team of University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers is working to extract oil from algae - http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/article_7ffb690c-35fd-11df-aa9f-001cc4c03286.html
Thu March 25 2010 05:37:37 AM by Narsi research  |  university

OriginOil Announces Initiative to Make Jet Fuel from Waste Using Algae

The working group is co-sponsored by OriginOil and the non-profit consortium Electricore. The first industry partners are biodigester builder Biogas Energy and ionic technology developer Ceramatec. More partner announcements are expected in the weeks to come.

The first partners will provide some of the key technologies needed, such as anaerobic digestion and fuel cells. OriginOil's own Helix Bioreactor(TM) and Single Step Extraction(TM) systems provide a daily harvest of algae oil and biomass, which can be tailored to meet the ASTM standards for jet fuel.

More from here - http://www.marketwatch.com/story/originoil-announces-initiative-to-make-jet-fuel-from-waste-using-algae-2010-03-24?reflink=MW_news_stmp
Thu March 25 2010 05:28:55 AM by Narsi wastewater  |  origin-oil