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Algae Talk Session

We are pleased to invite oilgae club members to our Algae Talk Session on 19 Sep 2011 at Technology Park Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Algaetech is organizing "Algae Talk Session" with Key presentations by Dr. Jonathan Trent,  Omega Scientist, AMES research Laboratory, NASA  and Mr. Syed Isa Syed Alwi, CEO, Algaetech International Sdn Bhd and on the topics “Can Algae Save the World: Cultivating Energy – OMEGA project” and “Introduction to Algaetech: Algae for the future” respectively.

We are also scheduled to have a Press Conference, and MOA signing session by Algaetech International Sdn Bhd with B.M. Nagano Industries Sdn Bhd and Pahang Biodiesel Corporation.

We hope the event will be a knowledge sharing and business networking platform for algae enthusiasts and algae entrepreneurs.

For Event Details, please visit - http://algaetech.com.my/v1/2011/09/12/algaetalk-green-raya-event/


Please confirm your participation by registering here - http://rsvp.algaetech.com.my/

Fri September 16 2011 07:25:12 AM by Parkavi 31 Algae Event Invitation

Any Questions on NASA Omega system?

Dear Members of Oilgae,

I will be attending a algae talk session by Dr. Jonathan Trent, OMEGA Scientist, Ames Research Center, NASA on 19 Sep at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.I have a lot of questions on the system and I thought you will also have some questions.

If you have any questions on the OMEGA (offshore membrane enclosures for growing algae) system. Pls post it here. I will try to get the answers and let you know.

Hope this will help us to understand the NASA's perspective of growing algae.


Fri September 16 2011 02:23:30 AM by Parkavi 17 Offshore Algae Cultivation

Shell Gets Out of Algae Business

Last year , Shell’s officials announced that Shell will narrow its research paths in advanced biofuels
from 10 advanced technologies to five in 2011, and described 2011 as
“the year of choices”.

Last week, Shell announced that it
will will exit its shareholding in Cellana, a joint venture between
Shell and HR Biopetroleum. Today, HRBP will become the sole owner of
Cellana, including its six-acre demonstration facility in Kona, Hawaii.

To support the transition, Shell has agreed to provide short-term
funding to advance and focus the algae technology development program
which is supported by stakeholders including the University of Hawaii,
Hawaiian Electric Company, Maui Electric Company, the National Alliance
for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts consortium, and the DOE.

Mon February 07 2011 06:27:12 AM by Parkavi 33

Algae-based Carbon Capture System

Dear members of Oilgae Club,

I am happy to share the accomplishment of our company, AlgaeTech International in the field of Algae-based Carbon Capture. Our company has constructed a photobioreactor system, AIMSYS (Algae Integrated Management System) with a flue gas capture capacity of 4 - 5 Tons per day in batam Island, Indonesia.

A short video taken during the injection of Module 1 of our 4, 00, 000 l PBR - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzYlyKumTNo&feature=player_embedded#!

Should you require any details about our system, please feel free to leave us a note.


Thu January 06 2011 02:04:52 PM by Parkavi 10 Algae Co2 sequestration  |  Photobioreactor

An Important Algae Biofuel Happening in India

Scientists from a consortium of nine central
laboratories have undertaken a project to discover potential of making
bio fuel commercially from microalgae.

The project
called ?New Millennium India Technology Leadership Initiative? (NMITLI) -
initiated by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
in 2006 to develop a scalable commercial model of producing biofuel from
microbes has taken off recently and research has got underway.

of the nine inter laboratory consortium shall be assessing
techno-economic viability of making bio diesel from microalgae,?
Director of the Bhavnagar-based Central Salt and Marine Chemical
Research Institute (CSMCRI) Pushpito Ghosh said.

objective of this project is to create primary reliable data bank and
also assess techno feasibility of commercial production of bio diesel
from microalgae using core research strength of each of the consortium

World over a general belief prevails that microalgae can grow very fast and is able to produce large amount of bio-mass.

when it comes to putting them (microalgae) in use for manufacturing
high volume and low value products like bio diesel then not many
practical established processes are still known,? Mr. Ghosh said.

focus will be on looking at two or three varieties of lipid producing
microalgae which has the potential to manufacture bio diesel at
commercial scale,? Mr. Ghosh said.

?The possibility
of putting effluents and exhaustive gases emitted from the thermal power
plant to productive use shall be explored as part of this project to
enhance growth,? he said.

?We will explore if
emissions from thermal power plants can be used to accelerate
photosynthesis process using the type of CO2 emissions from it and them
reverse the process to convert it into lipids,? Mr. Ghosh said.

are usually found in sea or along the coast lines. They are presently
being used to manufacture protein supplements like Spirulina, which are
low volume and high value products.

The inter
laboratory consortium comprise CSMCRI, Department of Marine Living
Resources, Andhra University in Vishakhapatnam, Calcutta University in
Kolkata, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) of Hyderabad,
IIT-Kharagpur, National Chemical Laboratory at Pune, National Institute
of Oceanography at Goa, National Institute of Ocean Technology - Chennai
and National Institute of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology of

- The Hindu -

Fri November 19 2010 01:42:51 AM by Parkavi 10

Key Players in Aviation Fuel from Algae

List of companies and Universities working on algae jet fuel:


1. Solazyme

2. Honeywell UOP

3. Solena

4. Sapphire Energy

5. Imperium Renewables

6. Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation


1. Arizona state university

2. Cranfield University

Supporting Airline Industries

1. Boeing

2. Honeywell/UOP

3. Air New Zealand (ANZ)

4. Continental Airlines (CAL)

5. Japan Airlines (JAL)

Are there any other companies or universities? Please update ...
Mon October 04 2010 01:15:12 PM by Parkavi 5

3rd Algae World Asia Conference in Singapore

CMT?s 3rd Algae World Asia
will deliver a ?wide range of topics spanning five main themes:
1. Algae
2. Carbon Capture,
3. Wastewater Treatment,
4. Bio-Energy and

5. Technology Developments in Asia Pacific.

For more details on speakers and participants - http://www.cmtevents.com/eventschedule.aspx?ev=101038&
Thu September 23 2010 02:11:25 AM by Parkavi 4

High Value Algae Products Along with Biodiesel Production

Hello all,

I am working on identifying research needs in biodiesel to start my PhD work. I was thinking of doing it in production of high value co products from algae along with biodiesel. As I dont want to restrict myself to just algae biodiesel.. I want to suggest algae based high value product production for biodiesel manufactures.. be it palm, soy, coconut..and so on.

This would be done by using glycerin, the byproduct in biodiesel production, as a carbon source for growing algae heterotropically.

I want your suggestions and inputs to finalize my research topic.

Thanks in advance..

Sat September 18 2010 03:40:26 AM by Parkavi 4

Nalco's thermal power plant in Orissa

The green
slimy algae can play a major role in reducing carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere and cleaning industry-polluted air. The Orissa government is
launching a project to capture carbon dioxide using algae, the first
such venture in India, with the rising number of industries in the

The Rs.95-lakh/Rs 9.5 million project will be started this month on a
pilot basis at public sector undertaking Nalco's (National Aluminum
Company) thermal power plant at Angul in Orissa.

As per the project, algae will be grown in shallow ponds and carbon
dioxide produced from the thermal power plant will be tapped and
introduced in the pond. Being soluble in water, carbon dioxide will get
absorbed in it. Carbon dioxide and water are the basic requirements for
algae growth and this in turn will release oxygen as a by-product.

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Thu September 09 2010 02:45:30 AM by Parkavi 26

Unilever to invest in solazyme

According to Market Watch, Unilever is expected to announce that it
invested in Solazyme Inc. The Wall Street Journal reported. Algal oil holds promise as a
replacement for palm oil, the production of which has destroyed forests
in Indonesia and Malaysia, the paper reported. Unilever uses palm oil in
products like Dove soap and Magnum ice cream. And algal oil may prove
useful as biodiesel jet fuel, the paper said.

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Thu September 09 2010 01:54:24 AM by Parkavi 4