Algae development going strong

This is going to be one very busy week so I’ll posts as much as I can. This one is an update on algae-based biofuels.

The blog posted last week about ExxonMobil’s milestone on their algae research with Synthetic Genomics. While some doubts continue on the economics of algae as biofuel feedstock (Vinod Khosla for example), the US Department of Energy (DOE) is eager to explore this field and recently announced their additional $24m grant for algal biofuels research.

During the BIO Industrial Biotech conference near Washington, DC, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi announced the Department of Energy’s (DOE) $24 million grant for 3 research groups – Sustainable Algal Biofuels Consortium, Consortium for Algal Biofuels Commercialization, Cellana, LLC Consortium – to tackle key hurdles in the commercialization of algae-based biofuels.

DOE also released the final National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap during the BIO conference. The roadmap is intended to guide future work and investments in algal biofuels.

Here is a video of DOE’s Cathy Zoi in her presentation at the BIO conference courtesy of BIO:

Here are also recent news from different companies developing algae-based biofuel:

NRC Drives Strategy to Commercialize Mass Production of Biofuel From Algae

Green Plains Renewable Energy, Inc. – Green Plains Renewable Energy and BioProcess Algae to Break Ground on Phase II of Algae Project:

Solazyme Delivers 100% Algal-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel to U.S. Navy

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One Response to Algae development going strong

  1. anonymous 5 August, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Algae is renewable, does not affect the food channel and consumes CO2. To learn about the fast-track commercialization of the algae production industry you may want to check out the National Algae Association. The NAA Engineering Consortium has designed the first 100 acre algae production farm in the US.

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