Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

June 23, 2017 by  
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Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel . Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a more viable option. Researchers from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil were able to edit algae genes to produce two times more lipids. Those lipids can be turned into biofuel that isn’t too different from the diesel we use today. Researchers figured out how to tune a genetic switch to regulate the conversion of carbon to oil in the alga Nannochloropsis gaditana . They used multiple editing techniques including CRISPR-Cas9. They were able to boost the algae’s oil content from 20 percent to over 40 percent – and importantly, did so without stunting the algae’s growth rate. The modified algae can produce as much as five grams of lipid per meter per day. Related: New biofuel from wastewater slashes vehicle CO2 emissions by 80% Vice president for research and development at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company Vijay Swarup said the milestone confirms their belief algae can offer a source of renewable energy . Synthetic Genomics CEO Oliver Fetzer said carbon dioxide and sunlight are two major components necessary for algae production, and both are plentiful and free. According to ScienceAlert, a past report indicated biofuels from algae could become a $50 billion industry , with the potential to offer transport fuel and food security. But we still could be years away from pumping this particular algae-based biofuel into our cars at gas stations. Researcher Imad Ajjawi of Synthetic Genomics told ScienceAlert this step was just a proof of concept, but did describe it as a significant milestone. According to Greentech Media , organizations have been working on making biofuel from algae for years, without much progress towards commercialization. In fact, they cited former ExxonMobil CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson , who back in 2009 said the work on turning algae into biofuels might not come up with real results for 25 years. The journal Nature Biotechnology published a study on the concept online this month. Via ScienceAlert and Synthetic Genomics Images via ExxonMobil and Wikimedia Commons

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Help raise awareness for bioenergy by sharing this infographic

April 13, 2016 by  
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Want to help raise awareness for bioenergy? Between April 11th and 22nd, 2016, you can participate in a campaign run by the U.S. Department of Energy and a New York student research group. All you have to do is view and share a link to this infographic on algae biofuel. By sharing this link and you can help make the world a little greener, one view at a time. For more information on algal biofuels , you can also follow the research group @algal_biofuel on Instagram. Read the rest of Help raise awareness for bioenergy by sharing this infographic

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‘Next Tokyo’ proposal is specifically designed to mitigate climate change effects

February 1, 2016 by  
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14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

August 25, 2014 by  
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Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel , however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive – first you have to grow the algae, and then you extract oily lipids and convert them into fuel. Enter Gregory Martin , a brilliant 14-year-old who has found a way to boost the amount of lipids in algae by over 500% ! Gregory’s method uses fewer steps than other techniques, and it could lead to much higher biofuel yields. Read the rest of 14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500% Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 Google Science Fair , algae , algae biofuel , biofuel , biofuel production , Gregory Martin , nitrogen depletion

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Iceland Limits Air Travel After Volcanic Eruption

August 25, 2014 by  
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A volcano in Iceland has started rumbling, threatening to spew havoc-wreaking ash into the air, which has prompted the country to close airspace over the mountain. The volcano actually erupted Saturday, but because it is buried under glacier ice, experts expect the ash to burst through the ice within the next day or so, though it is possible that the magma may never melt through the ice . If it does, authorities want to be prepared in order to avoid the same kind of chaos that surrounded the 2010 volcano, which disrupted aviation for a week. Read the rest of Iceland Limits Air Travel After Volcanic Eruption Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bardarbunga erupts , Eyjafjallajokul erupts , flight disruption Iceland , flying banned in Iceland , Iceland earthquakes , Iceland volcano , Iceland volcano 2010 , Iceland volcano 2014 , Iceland volcano erupts , Iceland volcano limits air travel , Iceland volcano stops flying , volcano eruptions

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8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

August 29, 2013 by  
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Thursday July 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina’s ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents and ecosystems struggle to regain balance, the world turns their attention towards New Orleans. The city not only stands as a symbol of resilience, but as an example of the state of American disaster relief policy and a harbinger of the effects of climate change . Read the rest of 8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: (FEMA) , algae biofuel , anniversary , bp oil spill , carbon sequestration , climate action committee louisiana , coastline destruction , common ground relief , ecosystem restoration council , governor bobby jindal , gulf coast , Hurrican Katrina , initial comprehensive plan , jane sabiston , louisiana , louisiana flood board , lower ninth ward , New Orleans , oyster shells , solar panel , superdome , the proceedings of the national academy of sciences , times-picayune        

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Spanish Town to Become the First Ever to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

June 27, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Say you’re a small town looking to add some green energy options to your city. You could invest in good old wind or solar power, or in the case of one Spanish town , you could just ask your citizens to flush their toilets. That’s the concept behind Chiclana de la Frontera’s sewage treatment plant, which is the world’s first plant that will be used to convert sewage into renewable biofuel. Read the rest of Spanish Town to Become the First Ever to Run its Vehicles on Sewage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae biofuel , algae biomass , algae fuel , algae power , All-gas algae power , All-gas biofuel , All-gas sewer power , All-gas Spain , Chiclana de la Frontera algae plant , Chiclana de la Frontera sewer power , Chiclana de la Frontera Spain , renewable fuel , sewage biofuel , sewage power , vehicle biofuel        

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Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water

April 9, 2013 by  
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In the global effort to wean ourselves from fossil fuels, scientists have been looking towards algal biofuels as renewable sources of energy. Microalgae is capable of using sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce energy-rich molecules, create bioplastics, and act as a replacement to petroleum. Most current methods of growing the tiny plants are inefficient due to the large amounts of water and energy required, but Dr. Hail Berberoglu and Thomas Murphy from the University of Texas at Austin have developed a system that mimics the structure of trees called the Surface Adhering Bioreactor (SABR). By imitating the way vascular plants transport water and nutrients, they were able to greatly increase the efficiency of the cultivation process. Read the rest of Researchers Design Synthetic Trees to Produce Algal Biofuels and Water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , biofilm , biofuel , dr. hail berberoglu , fossil fuels , sabr , surface adhering bioreactor , suspended growth bioreactor , thomas murphy , University of Texas at Austin        

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Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years

April 9, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock For a country phasing out its nuclear plants , you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has actually seen its power output quadruple between 2011 and 2012. Europe’s leading economy has been pushing for a green revolution, becoming one of the largest markets for solar voltaics and where support for renewables is subsidized by taxpayers. The country’s Federal Statistics Office reported a surplus of 22.8 billion kilowatt hours over the last two years. The government has set a goal to source 80 percent of its electricity from green technology by 2050, leaving the old fossil fuel-based utilities behind. Holland, Austria and Switzerland were the country’s main customers for the extra energy. Read the rest of Germany Quadruples Energy Surplus Over the Last Two Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Austria , czech republic , Denmark , Electricity , fossil fuel , france , germany , holland , power , renewable energy , Reuters , surplus , Switzerland , utilities        

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17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize

March 18, 2013 by  
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Meet a next-generation scientist making the next generation of biofuel. 17-year-old Sara Volz  invented a process that increases the amount of biofuel produced by algae to win this year’s Intel Science Talent Search . The Colorado Springs student claimed the $100,000 grand prize with her project, which uses artificial selection to pinpoint which organisms are churning out the most fuel. This new method not only helps to bring down the overall cost of algae biofuel , but it was developed primarily in her bedroom under a lofted bed! Read the rest of 17-Year-Old Builds Algae Biofuel Lab in Her Bedroom to Win $100K Intel Science Talent Search Prize Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: acetyl-coa carboxylase , algae biofuel , colorado springs , enzyme , high school , intel , intel science talent search , pesticide , sara volz , sethoxydim , society for science & the public

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