NYT: U.T. making a big bet on future of algae

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The New York Times today mentioned OpenAlgae in a Texas Tribune article about the UT research facility where OpenAlgae’s technology is developed.

For decades, scientists have been trying to find ways to mass-produce algae as a viable source of fuel for vehicles. High costs and environmental factors have created insurmountable roadblocks. Now, researchers hope, a new facility at the University of Texaswill help them move closer to that goal.

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Hoyt Thomas on ‘separation anxiety’ in Biofuels Digest

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Biofuels Digest published a column by CEO Hoyt Thomas today, in which he describes the challenges of separating useful products from algae slurry:

If the entire algae industry isn’t suffering from a case of separation anxiety, it should be.  Investors, CEOs, scientists.  Dealing with the separation issue is perhaps the biggest obstacle we face.  But that’s not what you’ll read on most algae companies’ websites.

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Biodiesel Magazine: Houston algae developer to release electromechanical processor

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Biodiesel Magazine published a story about OpenAlgae’s progress today:

OpenAlgae, a Houston-based algae developer formed in 2008 with help from the University of Texas, hasn’t been “blowing its own horn” for the past few years, according to CEO Hoyt Thomas. That is, until now. The reason it didn’t issue press releases or talk about the company to the public, he said, is because he knew the company would be releasing its algae processor and accompanying technology this summer.

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Algae Processing Research at UT Austin: Overview

Mike Werst discusses the full “pond to useful product” process and ongoing advancements in algae production yield and efficiency at the UT CEM Scientific Advisory Panel in April, 2011.