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Nannochloropsis salina

Got an informative article about Nannochloropsis salina when i was surfing at Cleantick.The article discusses various characteristics of the strain such as lipid productivity,photosynthetic efficiency,growth rate etc...

Read at:http://www.cleantick.com/users/amandaleah/projects/analysis-of-marine-algae-strains-for-biofuel-production-nannochloropsis-salina

Fri July 22 2011 09:29:59 AM by MiaFranceska 29 nannochloropsis  |  growth rate  |  productivity  |  strain  |  lipid content

A Public Holding Company Focused on Algae Tech and Algae-Biodiesel Turnkey Projects for
the Production of Biodiesel, WHEN to Raise 100 $m

World Health Energy Holdings Inc. (WHEN) signed an engagement letter with Millennium Capital Resources (MCR) LLC, a project development and financial advisory firm, to raise up to $100 million in working capital through non-equity financing. As an integral part of the capital raise, MCR is to facilitate the issuance of loan guarantees from the World Bank.

MCR is focused on providing institutional equity, secured and mezzanine loan capital, corporate advisory services and merger and acquisition services to middle market companies and to its deal partners. To date, Millennium Capital has closed over 7 billion dollars in deals. Millennium has a long history in the mining and minerals sector as well as the conventional and alternative energy sectors.

WHEN recently acquired GNE-India, an algae technology company which provided WHEN 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.

WHEN has formulated a business plan focused on algae biofuels, which gives substantially higher yields in comparison to ethanol derived from corn, rapeseed, jatropha and palm oil. The company also works with visionary enterprises in the renewable energy sector producing progressive, broad-based solutions for better physical, nutritional and environmental health worldwide. In addition, the company is pursuing an ancillary use of algae, that is, for the production of high-protein fish feed for commercial fish farms.

Read More: http://goo.gl/6fAjW 

Fri June 17 2011 01:45:15 PM by MiaFranceska 29 when  |  funding  |  millenium capital resources

Dewatering of microalgal cultures: A major bottleneck to algae-based fuels

An interesting paper published on dewatering of microalgal cultures.

You can read it online at the url provided below.

A large amount of studies has been completed on the harvesting and
recovery techniques of microalgal cells in dilute suspensions. Due to
the differences in the biology of microalgal species, it is difficult to
name one method as superior.

The choice of which harvesting technique
to use depends on the species of microalgae and the final product
desired. Desired microalgal properties that simplify harvesting are
large cell size, high specific gravity compared to the medium, and
reliable autoflocculation. In addition to these, the optimum harvesting
method chosen for a particular microalgal species should have minimum
energy requirements and should be as economical as possible.

The main
harvesting techniques are summarized in Table 2.
Centrifugation is seen as the most efficient recovery technique, yet
the energy and capital costs associated are unappealing. Flocculation is
also a very efficient technique that is currently applied in
industries. Freshwater microalgae flocculation has been immensely
studied throughout the years.

However, there is a dearth of information
and comparative studies for marine microalgae. With growing concern
about freshwater resources in many parts of the world, further research
on the processing of marine microalgae would be very beneficial

more http://jrse.aip.org/resource/1/jrsebh/v2/i1/p012701_s1?view=fulltext

Mon April 25 2011 08:17:07 PM by MiaFranceska 28 harvesting of microalgae

Algae to rescue mankind again !

The proponents of the algae solution say that it has saved the world
once and can do so again. Many millions of years ago, it helped clean up
what was then an inhospitable atmosphere by absorbing excess levels of
carbon dioxide, and much of it sank to the sea floor or lake beds and
began its slow transition into oil. “As far as nature is concerned this
is nothing new,” Riggs Eckleberry, CEO of OriginOil, which is partnering
MBD Energy in the creation of a series of demonstration projects at
Australian generators, said in a recent interview. “Nature has done this
many millions of years ago in producing the crude oil we’re burning

Read more about it at http://www.sciencealert.com.au/features/20111003-21940.html

Thu March 10 2011 08:25:02 AM by MiaFranceska 1 algae to rescue  |  australia  |  riggs

ABO comments on RAND report

Alternative Fuels for Military Applications  was the title of the report by RAND.

ABO comments about it here.


Tue February 22 2011 02:20:20 AM by MiaFranceska 12 RAND  |  ABO

Second generation algae bioreactor !

I have not heard of W2 Energy. Nor have i heard of second generation algae bioreactor.

As the news story was short, i have reproduced the whole story for your benefit.


W2 Energy, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: WTWO),
is pleased to announce that the SunFilter algae bioreactor has been up
and running successfully for over 15 months, growing algae on a steady
diet of air and carbon dioxide.

W2 Energy has designed a new, 2nd generation SunFilter with higher algae density that will grow even more algae more efficiently.

This new SunFilter will help sequester greenhouse gases on
furnace flues and power plants worldwide. Flue gases can be cooled and
then fed into the SunFilter where the SunFilter converts greenhouse
gases into valuable algae.

The resulting algae can be converted into animal feedstock,
biodiesel and nutraceuticals such as Omega 3 and 6 oils for the vitamin
industry. W2 Energy's proprietary blend of 5 algae has a high proportion
of these valuable Omega 3 and 6 oils.

Companies, countries and municipalities wishing to reduce
their carbon footprint can use the fully operating SunFilter to solve
local, regional and national problems relating to excessive greenhouse
gas production.

Wed February 16 2011 01:06:11 AM by MiaFranceska 4 w2 energy  |  second generation algae bioreactor

Solar Acquisition Corp. Signs MOU With GNE to Form Bio-Fuel Subsidiary

Solar Acquisition Corp. and Global Natural Energy (GNE) Cyprus Ltd today
announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to
form a joint venture, GNE USA, to produce algae-based bio-diesel oil.
Management expects the full commercial and technology agreements will be
closed within sixty days.

"GNE-USA will come out of the gate with a strong competitive advantage
in its exclusive right to the GNE patented technology," said Bruce Levy,
SLRX director. "We expect GNE-USA to have high volumes and low costs
driven by this technology."

GNE-USA will use GNE's patented algae growing systems to produce
bio-diesel oil. "After 10 years of research, GNE has achieved the first
commercially viable algae systems for bio-fuel," said GNE CEO Chaim

The GNE systems both reduce the cost of growing the algae and
significantly reduce the costs of extracting the oil used for diesel
fuel production. Currently U.S. diesel consumption is estimated at 18.9
billion barrels a day.

"Both the GNE system for growing algae and the process for extracting
the bio-fuel are much more advanced than competing solutions," continues
Chaim Lieberman. "We have developed and patented a significant
improvement in the process of breaking down the molecules need for
cost-effective and efficient fuel use."

The companies also said that the new subsidiary will have the advantage
of their existing management teams' engineering talent and years of
experience in the algae farm and alternative energy markets.
Tue February 08 2011 04:07:54 AM by MiaFranceska 2 GNE  |  solar acquisition group

20,000,000 gallons of algae oil / biodiesel per acre per annum

That is not a typo !

Nor am I kidding. 

BARD, short for  Biofuel Advance Research & Development.

Compare 20,000,000 gallons  with the conventional claims that at best of my knowledge never went beyond 10,000 gallons per acre. Normally around 4/5000 gallons per acre.

This is what I read just now and got fully excited. Isnt this the greatest news to all the algae to oil enthusiasts, researchers, profesionals ?

"BARD has entered into an agreement with The Green Institute Inc. to construct and operate a commercial scale algae system pilot facility located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The planned facility will produce algae biomass to be used to produce biodiesel, and other commercial products.

The pilot facility is estimated to produce 20,000,000 gallons of algae oil / biodiesel per acre per annum [emphasis added]. Initially, the pilot facility will produce 43,070 gallons of algae oil / biodiesel per annum using 6 modules of photo-bioreactors covering 84 square feet."

read more at http://sourcesenergy.net/bard-refines-ambitious-algae-farming-plans

Wed February 02 2011 06:39:53 AM by MiaFranceska 42 BARD  |  gallons of algae oil per acre  |  algae biodiesel  |  BARD pbr

AUSTRALIA ? ?The Saudi of the biofuel industry?

On paper it sounds great to read that Australia the The Saudi of biofuel industry.

But in reality it is nowhere near it. Atleast in my opinion. Definitely not in algae to oil space.

A joint venture between Murdoch University, the University of Adelaide and commercial partner SQC, has established “Muradel” an Australian biofuels company, whose objective is to make Australia “The Saudi of the biofuels industry”.

Murdoch University professor Michael Borowitzka affirms that the establishment of Muradel is “the next major step in Australia becoming a world leader in biofuel production”

Muradel is working on algae or pond scum as a transport fuel, for navies, jet aircrafts and rail. Collaboration with the US can help in driving the industry forward to allow Australia to achieve its biofuels objective.

Sun January 30 2011 12:20:56 AM by MiaFranceska murdoch university  |  university of adelaide  |  muradel  |  algae to oil

Algae in one-tenth of the land surface !!

Algae.Tec was founded in 2008 with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Perth, Western Australia.

Listed in Australia recently as you all are aware.

Stroud is the CEO.

The McConchie-Stroud System is designed to produce valuable sustainable bio-fuels, including biodiesel and bio-jet fuels, said Stroud. The technology can also capture CO2 emissions from power stations and manufacturing facilities which feed into the algae growth system.

Algae.Tec has two MOUs . One in China and the other in Australia.
Algae.Tec also has an MOU with Leighton Contractors for engineering and project management expertise.
The first demonstration plant is planned for The Manildra Group’s Nowra facility in NSW

The McConchie-Stroud System uses low-maintenance technologies and an efficient solar system to produce algae in one-tenth of the land surface as compared to the current pond method for producing algae, the company says.

Neither Stroud nor the company has elaborated on this.  There must be some truth in it as originally many people in oilage club considered Algae.Tec as something that will affect the industry. Now they have raised $ 5.1 m and got listed in the exchange too.

The photo-bioreactors which are at the heart of the 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.

Sun January 23 2011 11:34:50 PM by MiaFranceska McConchie-Stroud System  |  stroud  |  algae tec