Is North Korea rocketing towards algae energy?

North Korea could be growing algae in an attempt to diversify its energy resources and become more independent. That’s the suggestion from 38 North, part of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, which claims a blooming algae industry could allow the isolated nation to “mitigate the negative effects of sanctions both on the […]

US announces $22m for seaweed biofuels

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced $22 million (£16.3m) in funding to develop biofuels from seaweed. The money, provided by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) initiative, will be spent developing marine biomass technologies across 18 innovative projects. The department says the seaweed or macroalgae can be used as a feedstock for domestic transportation […]

Reeds blow algae out of the water

Floating reed-beds could hold the key to stopping dramatic blooms of algae fouling up water treatment works. Algal blooms which are common in summer, are triggered by certain levels of sunlight and warmth – and they’re a big headache for water companies. They spring up dramatically and can severely reduce a water works’ output by […]

Exxon Mobil ready to spend over $600m on algae biofuels

Exxon Mobil is poised to spend more than $600m (£375m) on an alogae biofuls programme. The company’s senior vice president Andy Swiger said today that ExxonMobil believes threre are three areas in which innovation has the potential to turn energy challenges into energy solutions: the development of algae biofuels, carbon capture and storage, and energy […]

Algae could fuel planes, claim scientists

Scientists at Cranfield University believe that vast areas of algae grown close to airports could power air travel in the near future. British Airways and Airbus are among aviation giants backing a project at the university which is looking at ways to cultivate algae for commercial purposes. While airlines are improving their fuel efficiency by […]