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Biofuel by California

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A look at some of the Golden State biotechnology companies that are contributing to the development of biofuels and renewable chemicals CELLANA Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to develop bioproducts. Algae photosynthetically produce a line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented system of serial photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated a 6-acre, Read More >

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Biofuel Research at UC San Diego

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A recent report by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) ranked programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the country for algal biofuels research, including Scripps Institution of Oceanography as top in the nation. For the 28 Algae Technology Area projects reviewed by the panel, Mark Hildebrand and his team at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego were ranked the highest for criteria that included technical progress, Read More >

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Richard Branson’s Biofuel Enthusiasm

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The serial entrepreneur believes in investing in many alternative sources of energy including biofuels. Legendary entrepreneur/business leader Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is known for pushing the envelope with his Virgin Group. More than 400 companies exist under the moniker, the most well-known including the Virgin Records music label, the American airline Virgin America, cell phone provider Virgin Mobile, and Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. Branson’s initiatives toward environmental sustainability and climate change Read More >

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RFS: Shifting Focus on to Climate Change

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Dueling studies highlight focus on climate impacts of renewable fuel standard. In a recent ClimateWire piece, Environment & Energy reporters Tiffany Stecker and Julia Pyper, highlighted two opposing stances on whether or not biofuels contribute to the increase of greenhouse gas emissions. The Environmental Working Group released a study late June that found U.S. EPA’s proposed cut in the amount of ethanol would “prevent 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere — the Read More >

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Successful Strategies for Commercial Algae Production

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During Wednesday’s breakout session, World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology attendees had the opportunity to learn about “Successful strategies for commercial algae production”. The session was designed for those attending to hear from both industry and the federal government. Alice Chen, Keller and Heckman, moderated the discussion with Valerie Harmon, Cellana, and Valerie Reed, Department of Energy, Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). Alice Chen provided an introduction to the discussion by Read More >

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