Algae may be a potential source of biofuels and biochemicals even in cool climate

Algae are organisms useful in many ways in the transition towards a bio-economy. Even in a cool climate as in Finland, algae might be used to produce biochemicals and biofuels, besides use in capture of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. The ALGIDA project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland explored algae growing in Finland.

Is alga viable as a biofuel?

Lab success doesn’t always translate to real-world success. A team of Michigan State University scientists, however, has invented a new technology that increases the odds of helping algae-based biofuels cross that gap and come closer to reality.

Key species of algae shows effects of climate change over time

A study of marine life in the temperate coastal waters of the northeast Pacific Ocean shows a reversal of competitive dominance among species of algae, suggesting that increased ocean acidification caused by global climate change is altering biodiversity.

Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.

Tricking algae's biological clock boosts production of drugs, biofuels

Tricking algae's biological clock to remain in its daytime setting can dramatically boost the amount of valuable compounds that these simple marine plants can produce when they are grown in constant light.

Growing biofuel algae in wastewater

We call it waste, but there’s a lot of power in what we flush down the toilet. Creative designers have given us pee-powered gadgets and poo-powered vehicles, but that’s just the tip of the ice berg.

This bulb is powered by algae

Not content with CFLs or LEDs? Looking for an even greener way to light up your life? Hungarian designer Gyula Bodonyi’s “AlgaeBulb” concept might be right up your alley.

These apartments are powered by algae

In what may be one of the most potent recent symbols of the spirit of Earth Day in the green building movement, a new apartment complex in Hamburg, Germany, has op

Algae steals genes to survive toxic environment

A species of algae that can cope with 'battery acid' conditions managed it by copying genes from bacteria.

Engineered algae produce complex anti-cancer drug

Biologists at UC San Diego have genetically engineered algae to produce a complex and expensive human cancer treatment - raising hopes for the cheap mass production of this and other designer drugs.

Report: Algae biofuels not yet sustainable

Significant progress has been made on producing electricity sustainably, but cracking the clean transportation fuel nut continues to be a challenge.

Seeding oceans with iron could help limit global warming

A team of German researchers believe stimulating the growth of algae in our oceans may offer a viable method of removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Astonishing algae bloom found in Arctic

NASA scientists say they've made a discovery in the Arctic Ocean 'as dramatic and unexpected as finding a rainforest in the middle of a desert'.

Algae-powered street lamps suck up C02

Algae are a large, diverse group of simple microorganisms that have lived on Earth for billions of years.

Biosolar breakthrough promises cheap, green electricity

A team from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, claims to have developed a low-cost method of power generation based on photosynthetic processes.

Seaweed is the new algae of biofuels

We've certainly been hearing a lot about algae as a biofuel feedstock. 

Biofuel research takes a bath in algae search

Could there be the beginnings of biofuel in your desperately-in-need-of-cleaning bathtub? 

Fossil fuel algae: key to new biofuels?

The new technologies that change our world only seem to happen overnight. Really, they're built on constantly pushing forward scientific research. 

Seaweed could be the next big thing for biofuel

When most people think of biofuels, the plant that comes into mind is probably corn. Well, there's a whole new option that comes from the sea - kelp.

A net zero retrofit powered by algae?

Metropolis magazine recently issued a challenged to young designers: help the U.S. General Services Administration cut carbon emissions by retrofitting a 46-year-old federal building in downtown Los Angeles.