Sapphire Energy teams up with Institute of Systems Biology on algae research
Nov 1, 2012 - US algae oil company Sapphire Energy has agreed a strategic partnership on the research and development of algae biofuels with Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), the parties said today.
Under the collaboration, Sapphire Energy and the Seattle-based non-profit research institute will seek to accelerate algae biofuel commercialisation by applying systems biology approach to algae in order to boost oil yield and increase resistance to crop predators and environmental factors.
Sapphire Energy makes algae crude oil, called Green Crude, that can be refined into Naphtha, diesel and kerosene. It recently started operating the first phase of its commercial demonstration integrated algal biorefinery in New Mexico in cooperation with the US Department of Energy. The Green Crude Farm is slated to be completed at the end of 2014. It is expected to produce about 100 barrels of Green Crude per day.