NewsBits…May 13, 2021

 

Webinar Alert: Algae Technology Educational Consortium

The U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) will hold a webinar on May 20, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET. Ira Levine, professor at the University of Southern Maine and president and board chair of the Algae Foundation, will provide a comprehensive overview of ATEC and its impact on developing novel educational programs to strengthen algal industry workforce capabilities. Register for this webinar.
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Avgol and Algaeing Partner for Algae Textiles

Avgol, a producer of spunlaid nonwovens, is partnering with Algaeing, a textile innovation company that invented and patented algae bio-based formulations for colorants and fibers. The companies will first focus on the use of Algaeing’s unique environmental solution for modifying the aesthetic qualities of materials with Avgol’s ongoing commitment to sustainable polyolefin based spunbond and meltblown fabrics for hygiene and medical/PPE applications.
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Machine Learning for Algae Cultivation

Although the basic mechanism of microalgae growth has been well studied, there are only a few mathematical models that can be used to model microalgae growth. The aim of the research work at Fraunhofer IGB is to introduce databased algorithms — generated by machine learning methods — to control the cultivation of algae in order to develop an economical, ecological and robust algae production process on an industrial scale.
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Lubrizol Algae Oil Wins Innovation Award

Lubrizol Life Science — Beauty’s AlgaPūr High Stability High Oleic algae oil has received a BSB Innovation Award third prize for most innovative raw material in the category “Natural Products/Raw Materials for Hair Care.” The award recognizes innovation in cosmetics, natural products, their chemical raw materials, as well as packaging and concepts.
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SIU Tries Solar Power and Nanoparticles to Fight HABs

Ateam of students from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is looking at using the power of the sun, combined with iron-based nanomaterials, to destroy the harmful effects of algae blooms, a common problem throughout the country. The team recently received a start-up, proof-of-concept grant from the U.S. EPA to begin testing the idea.
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