UK – British Sugar plans to build a pilot plant to produce animal feed from Spirulina [Full subscriber]
British Sugar has lodged a planning application to build a pilot plant at its Wissington sugar factory site in West Norfolk to elicit the viability of producing algae-based animal feed ingredients.
Microalgae lipid converted into benzene [Full subscriber]
Researchers at the University of Konstanz, Germany have synthesized benzene from eicosapentaenoic acid, a lipid found in microalgae.
Gen3Bio’s process produces chemicals from microalgae [Registered]
The biotech start-up Gen3Bio is developing a novel process that could more effectively and affordably transform microalgae into chemicals.
Microalgae Botryococcus braunii yields an enzyme to produce drop-in fuel [Registered]
The green microalgae Botryococcus braunii is considered a promising biofuel feedstock producer due to its prodigious accumulation of hydrocarbon oils that can be converted into fuels. B. braunii Race L produces the C40 tetraterpenoid hydrocarbon lycopadiene via an uncharacterized biosynthetic pathway. A team of international researchers announced this week that it has successfully isolated the enzyme responsible for this hydrocarbon production and are looking to use it to make biofuels en masse.
Enriching microalgae with carbon dioxide offers a cost competitive method of producing biodiesel [Registered]
Carbon dioxide is well known to speed up the growth of microalgae. However, the carbon dioxide has to be free of contamination or the algae die.
Bioasphalt produced from microalgae waste [Registered]
As part of the “Algoroute” program, funded by France’s Pays de la Loire region, researchers at laboratories based in Nantes and Orléans used a hydrothermal liquefaction process, i.e. pressurized water (in a subcritical state), to transform this microalgae waste (generated, for example, from the extraction of hydrosoluble proteins for the cosmetics industry) into a black, viscous, hydrophobic substance (bioasphalt) that closely resembles petroleum-derived asphalt (see figure). The process currently achieves a conversion efficiency of 55%.