Navigation Links
Bio architecture lab technology converts seaweed to renewable fuels and chemicals
Date:1/19/2012

January 19, 2012, Berkeley, CA A team of scientists from Bio Architecture Lab (BAL), has developed breakthrough technology that expands the feedstocks for advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals production to include seaweed (macroalgae). The team engineered a microbe to extract the all the major sugars in seaweed and convert them into renewable fuels and chemicals, thus making seaweed a cost-effective, renewable source of biomass.

"About 60 percent of the dry biomass of seaweed are fermentable carbohydrates, and approximately half of those are locked in a single carbohydrate - alginate," said Daniel Trunfio, Chief Executive Officer at Bio Architecture Lab. "Our scientists have engineered an enzyme to degrade and a pathway to metabolize the alginate, allowing us to utilize all the major sugars in seaweed, which therefore makes the biomass an economical feedstock for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals."

BAL's scientific breakthrough is detailed in an article entitled "An Engineered Microbial Platform for Direct Biofuel Production from Brown Macroalgae", which appears on the cover of the January 20 issue of Science magazine.

"It is both an incredible scientific achievement and a distinguished honor to be published in Science, and I am very proud of our team," said Trunfio. "It is yet another strong validation of BAL's breakthrough technology."

Seaweed is an ideal global feedstock for the commercial production of biofuels and renewable chemicals because in addition to its high sugar content it has no lignin, it does not require arable land or freshwater to grow, and it is environmentally friendly. Globally, less than 3 percent of the coastal waters can produce seaweed capable of replacing over 60 billion gallons of fossil fuel. Today, in many parts of the world, seaweed is already grown at commercial scale. BAL currently operates four seaweed farms in Chile and has had great success in growing seaweed at economically viable production yields.

BAL was a co-recipient of an award from the highly selective U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), a new agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. This award was for the development of a process to convert sugars from seaweed into isobutanol.

"BAL's technology to ferment a seaweed feedstock to renewable fuels and chemicals has suggested an entirely new pathway for biofuels development, one that is no longer constrained to terrestrial sources," says ARPA-E Program Director Dr. Jonathan Burbaum. "When fully developed and deployed, large scale seaweed cultivation combined with BAL's technology promises to produce renewable fuels and chemicals without forcing a tradeoff with conventional food crops such as corn or sugarcane."

In addition to ARPA-E, globally the development of BAL's technology is also supported by the prestigious Concurso Nacional Grant provided by InnovaChile CORFO and Statoil, the Norwegian oil giant and the largest offshore oil and gas producer in the world.


'/>"/>
Contact: John Williams
jwilliams@scovillepr.com
206-625-0075 x1
Scoville Public Relations
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology technology :

1. First 3-D processor runs at 1.4 Ghz on new architecture
2. UCSB physicists demonstrate the quantum von Neumann architecture
3. InNexus Biotechnology Announces Launch of Large Scale Primate Study of DXL625
4. CardioWest™ Artificial Heart Approved For Highest Reimbursement in CMS History : Plus Up To $53,000 New Technology Add-on Payments
5. Yongye Biotechnology International Retains CCG Investor Relations
6. William F. Prendergast Named One of the Top IP Lawyers in Nanotechnology
7. John Grisham Joins Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation Board, Citing Novel Technologys Potential to Help Millions of Patients
8. Yongye Biotechnology International Announces Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2008 Results
9. [video] Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology Discusses Latest Purchase Order on WallSt.nets 3-Minute Press Show
10. Yongye Biotechnology International Announces Second Quarter Results
11. BeaconEquity.com Issues Trade Alerts on Biotechnology Stocks: ELN, PFE, AMGN, DNA, BIIB, GILD
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... ... Park Systems , a leader in Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) since ... attendees and Park customers on Feb. 27, 2017 from 12-2pm at Morton’s The Steakhouse ... The luncheon will feature a talk on Automated AFM for Small-Scale and Large-Scale Surface ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... CINCINNATI , Feb. 22, 2017 Scientists ... drives inflammation and organ damage in Gaucher and maybe ... fewer risks and lower costs than current therapies. ... Children,s Hospital Medical Center , which also included investigators ... , report their data Feb. 22. The study ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... February 22, 2017 , ... ... of precision treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, today announced it has issued a scientific ... This is one of a series of commentaries from ProMIS’s scientific team offering ...
(Date:2/22/2017)... ... , ... LabRoots , the leading provider of educational and interactive virtual ... announce the launch of a new scholarship for young scientists seeking a degree in ... is open to all high school seniors, 17 years or older; as well as ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
(Date:2/21/2017)... Der weltweite Biobanking-Sektor wird bis zum Jahr 2018 ... mehr als 50 Vertretern aus verschiedenen Branchen wurde aber klar, ... Prognose zu realisieren. ... Zu den Schwierigkeiten für Biobanking-Profis ... die Biobank, die Implementierung Zeit sparender Technologien, ein besseres ...
(Date:2/13/2017)... FRANCISCO , Feb. 13, 2017  RSA ... centralized platform that is designed to enhance fraud ... latest release in the RSA Fraud & Risk ... enable organizations to leverage additional insights from internal ... tools to better protect their customers from targeted ...
(Date:2/9/2017)... 2017 The biomass boiler market report by ... boiler market globally in terms of revenue (US$ Mn) ... market for biomass boilers has been segmented on the ... country/region. The market based on feedstock type, has been ... & energy crops, urban residues, and others. On the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):