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2012-05-04 21:09:59

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype bioreactor–a device for culturing cells to create engineered tissues–that both stimulates and evaluates tissue as it grows, mimicking natural processes while eliminating the need to stop periodically to cut up samples for analysis. Tissue created this way might someday be used to replace, for example, damaged or diseased cartilage in the knee and hip. Conventional methods for...

2012-04-18 20:53:57

Microalgae are single-cell plants that comprise nature's smallest and most efficient photosynthetic engines: all they need to thrive is water, light, and air. When bred under controlled conditions, their applications range from pharmaceuticals to wastewater treatment to biofuels. Current microalgae breeding methods, however, perform far below the fundamental bounds allowed by the laws of nature. Scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negrev in Israel have identified strategies to improve...

2011-11-21 08:00:00

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive global report on Membrane Bioreactors market. The global market for Membrane Bioreactors is forecast to reach US$888 million by the year 2017, driven by stringent effluent discharge norms, rising water scarcity, and enhanced emphasis on water reuse and recycling for freshwater conservation. Other factors fuelling market growth include technological advancements, the need to replace traditional equipment, and increasing application across various...

2010-11-01 22:20:09

Excess nitrogen from agricultural and urban lands is contaminating groundwater, streams, lakes and estuaries, where it causes harmful algal blooms and contributes to fish kills. Cost-effective approaches to removing this nitrogen from croplands and urban stormwater runoff before it reaches sensitive water bodies have been elusive. But simple and inexpensive technologies are on the horizon. A recent scientific workshop on denitrification brought together ecologists, engineers and policy...

2009-04-20 09:00:00

KANSAS CITY, Mo. and PALM BAY, Fla., April 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just five months after announcing the creation of a state-of-the-art Center for Integrated Algal Research, Midwest Research Institute (MRI) has installed and activated two technically distinct bioreactor technologies to accelerate the Institute's pursuits in algae research. MRI recently activated an open pond "raceway" cultivation system at its laboratory in Palm Bay, Fla., and a continuous flow, closed loop...

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2008-12-31 13:45:00

Employees of OriginOil in Los Angeles are working to learn how algae is grown with hopes of using those methods to create an imitation oil to replace petroleum. However, the ten employees of OriginOil aren't alone in their hopes to create a slimy substitute. Hundreds of other companies are interested in finding an affordable way to convert algae to energy. Founded in June 2007 by brothers Riggs Eckelberry, CEO and president, and inventor Nicholas Eckelberry, OriginOil began with a bioreactor...

2008-09-22 09:00:59

Basin Water, Inc. (NASDAQ:BWTR) today announced that it has acquired the bioreactor and biofilter business of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., (Shaw) for $1.5 million cash (subject to adjustment for working capital) plus the settlement of a disputed claim against Shaw for amounts Basin Water claims to be owed by Shaw. That dispute involves an ion exchange unit purchase agreement executed by Basin Water and Shaw on December 23, 2005, (2005 Purchase Agreement) which was structured...