NewsBits…July 8, 2021

TotalEnergies and Veolia to Produce Next-generation Biofuels

TotalEnergies and Veolia have joined forces to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO₂. The partners will develop a four-year research project at the La Mède biorefinery, operated by TotalEnergies, with the long-term goal of producing biofuel. As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient ones. Veolia will bring its expertise in the water sector to optimize management of the microalgae’s aquatic environment, while TotalEnergies, in synergy with the business lines at the La Mède site, will handle the cultivation and refining of biomass to produce advanced biofuels, CO₂ capture and utilization technologies.
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Microphyt to Build Industrial Microalgae Biorefinery in France

Biotech company Microphyt plans to construct what it claims will be the world’s first fully-integrated microalgae biorefinery at its headquarters in France. The facility will enable the production of microalgae-based ingredients for the nutrition, food and beverage, personal care and wellness industries on an industrial scale. The microalgae biorefinery forms part of the company’s Scale program — a four-year project to address the increasing demand for safe and effective nutrition and wellness ingredients produced in a natural and highly sustainable way. Microphyt says their production capacity will increase five-fold and will allow for the development and production of more than 15 new ingredients derived from microalgae.
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Phycological Society of America 2021 Virtual Meeting

The 75th annual Phycological Society of America (PSA) meeting will be virtual again this summer, spread out over two weeks, with sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays: July 13, 15, 20, and 22. Each day will start at 11 am EST and run for approximately 5 hours. Highlighting the Scientific Program will be the PSA Presidential Session on Cyanobacteria in the 21st Century. The Presidential session will start with a plenary talk by Lynn Rothschild from the NASA Ames Research Laboratory.
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Tech Hub LIVE 2021 Launches in Des Moines, Iowa

Focusing on the intersection of agriculture and technology, Tech Hub LIVE 2021 is a new conference and trade show that addresses digital and precision agriculture. Along with the latest technology trends, the conference will explore how products and systems integrate into existing programs and businesses to improve crop production, efficiency, and profitability. The event takes place July 20-21 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, IA. TEC Hub Live intends to bring together retailers from across all agricultural sectors to advance their business and agronomic programs.
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NAA Hosting Harmful Algae Bloom Crisis Webinar

The National Algae Association (NAA) is hosting a Harmful Algae Bloom Crisis Webinar July 27-28 to identify technologies available for remediation. The focus will be on forming new collaboration and business opportunities among nutrient stewardship farmers, algae production operations, and algae bloom remediation companies. The technologies to be discussed are those scalable and economically feasible to implement under grant programs and potential investment. There is a call out for presentations until July 15.
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