[TED] Jonathan Trent: Energy from floating algae pods

Call it “fuel without fossils”: Jonathan Trent is working on a plan to grow new biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods that eat wastewater from cities. Hear his team’s bold vision for Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing...
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Wei Yu wins von Liebig fellowship

The von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, has awarded four new graduate von Liebig fellowships to pursue the commercialization of research that will increase energy efficiency and...
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UCLA Liao’s group engineer bacteria to turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

from UCLA Liao’s Group Global climate change has prompted efforts to drastically reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels. In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have...
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“The Floating Sensor Network project”

The Floating Sensor Network project is a collaborative effort between the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), Berkeley Lab and its National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and UC Berkeley’s Departments of Civil and...
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Geek-Up: Cyanobacteria, Biofuels and Next-Generation Batteries

July 8, 2011 – 5:02pm At Argonne National Laboratory’s Structural Biology Center (SBC) scientists are investigating cyanobacteria in hopes of advancing alternative transportation fuels. For some background, cyanobacteria cells group themselves into long filaments that can...
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Study: Algae Could Replace 17% of U.S. Oil Imports

Every day, the United States spends about $1 billion to import foreign oil, money that we could be investing in American energy and the American economy. President Obama recently announced an ambitious but achievable goal of reducing our oil imports by a third by 2025. To meet...
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Solazyme Developing Cheaper Algae Biofuels, Brings Jobs to Pennsylvania

August 6, 2010 – 2:00pm Some biotech companies use outdoor ponds to make algae-based biofuels, but Harrison Dillon and Jonathan Wolfson, co-founders of San Francisco-based Solazyme Inc., are taking an inside approach:  a pharmaceutical company’s fermentation tanks....
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DOE Awards $5.3 Million to Support the Development of University-Based Technology Commercialization

September 15, 2010 – 12:00am Washington, DC – U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today the selection of five projects to build and strengthen “innovation ecosystems” that will accelerate the movement of cutting-edge energy efficiency...
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