NewsBits…October 28, 2021

Vicat Harnessing CO₂ and Waste Heat to Produce Microalgae

French cement manufacturer Vicat is working with AlgoSource TechnologiesTotal Energies and the Université de Nantesto to accelerate the development of microalgae production using CO₂ and waste heat. The CimentAlgue industrial research project’s demonstrator will be set up at Vicat’s Montalieu-Vercieu cement plant. The project received financial support from France’s Environment and Energy Management Agency for the 2014 BIP call for proposals (BIP: bioresources, industry, performance). The technology used for this research was validated previously, at a smaller scale, through trials with the AlgoSolis platform, run by the University of Nantes and France’s National Scientific Research Center.
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SCHOTT Signs on as Gold Sponsor for AlgaEurope 2021

SCHOTT, a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on special glass, has signed on as a Gold Sponsor of AlgaEurope 2021, which will be held online from December 7-10, 2021. The 130-year-old glass company will be displaying their range of technologically advanced and economically designed products for tubular glass photobioreactors (PBR) for the algae market. Borosilicate glass tubing under the DURAN® brand allows for optimum light input for high growth rates. It offers protection against bio-contamination and culture crashes. With U-bends, manifolds and food-grade couplings this product line provides solutions for bio-secure algae cultivation of Haematococcus, Spirulina and others. DURAN is also resistant to salt — critical when cultivating saltwater algae.
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New Tool Identifies Harmful Blue-green Algae

Anew way to detect early signs of harmful blue-green algae has been developed by scientists at the University of Birmingham. The research was conducted together with the Culture Collection of Algae & Protozoa, based at the Scottish Association of Marine Science. The new approach uses mass spectrometry to identify key protein features within the algae that are unique to each species, enabling them to be rapidly identified. Using recently developed, high resolution techniques, the team found they were able to produce highly specific “fingerprints” that each correspond to specific cyanobacterial species. Lead author, Dr. Aneika Leney, explained: “This is an exciting first step towards keeping harmful blue-green algae blooms at bay, while leaving non-toxic species untargeted.”
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Young Henrys Brewing Moves to Phase 2 of Algae Project

Young Henrys Brewing has announced the next phase of their algae project, where they will examine how microalgae can reduce methane emissions in livestock. Along with scientists at UTS Climate Change Cluster, and Meat and Livestock Australia, Henrys is sending their spent grain — a by-product of the beer-making process — to farms around Australia to add to their cattle feed. The end goal being that CO₂ from the global brewing industry can be captured to help grow large quantities of oxygen-releasing microalgae, to be turned into feed that makes livestock farming a more sustainable practice.
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Baltimore Startup Develops Algae Air Purifying System

The Aerium is the signature product of AlgenAir, a Baltimore company founded by two biologists with recent PhDs. Spirulina algae grows inside, giving off oxygen after consuming carbon dioxide. AlgenAir CEO Kelsey Abernathy said the Aerium is set to appear this month on A Touch of Modern, an e-commerce platform with millions of users and a focus on millennial men. Dr. Abernathy co-founded the company with Chief Scientific Officer Dan Fucich. “Algae has fundamentally transformed this planet, by putting oxygen in our atmosphere two and a half billion years ago in the great oxygen revolution,” Dr. Fucich said. “And at AlgenAir, we’re excited for it to improve our health and productivity in the future.”
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