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A close up of the bionic skeleton of the 3D-printed coral structures, which were used to grow algae.© Daniel Wangpraseurt

Scripps Institution of Oceanography: 3D-printed Coral Are Natural Producers of Biofuels

of Oceanography and the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, alongside the University of Cambridge, UK, have 3D printed coral-like structures capable of growing dense microscopic algae populations. The work is aimed at the development of compact, efficient bioreactors for producing algae-based biofuels and could lead to a better understanding of the coral-algae relationship, with the hopes of establishing techniques to repair and restore reefs.Author Daniel Wangpraseurt, whose work was published April 9, 2020 in Nature Communications, explained, “Corals are one of the most efficient organisms

A close up of the bionic skeleton of the 3D-printed coral structures, which were used to grow algae. © Daniel Wangpraseurt

Scripps Institution of Oceanography: 3D-printed Coral Are Natural Producers of Biofuels

of Oceanography and the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, alongside the University of Cambridge, UK, have 3D printed coral-like structures capable of growing dense microscopic algae populations. The work is aimed at the development of compact, efficient bioreactors for producing algae-based biofuels and could lead to a better understanding of the coral-algae relationship, with the hopes of establishing techniques to repair and restore reefs.Author Daniel Wangpraseurt, whose work was published April 9, 2020 in Nature Communications, explained, “Corals are one of the most efficient organisms

Dry ice formed by cooling exhaust gasses to -120°C is formed into Carbon Descent Vehicles that sink to depths of about 500 meters, where they penetrate the seabed, storing CO2 safely as liquid CO2 and CO2 hydrate. Image: MDC

The Path to Zero: Creating a Pathway to Carbon-Negative Shipping

solution for newbuilds and retrofitsThe decarbonICE concept is intended to be applied not only on newbuilds, but also to be retrofitted onto existing ships, thereby adding extra impetus to efforts to achieve the IMO 2050 CO2 target. MDC said that in combination with future carbon-neutral fuels such as biofuels and electro fuels, the technology could create carbon-negative shipping and thus contribute to atmospheric carbon reduction at a significantly lower cost than shore-based carbon capture. “While we support a goal of availability of zero-carbon or carbon-neutral fuels, we believe that a bridging

(File photo: TechnipFMC)

TechnipFMC to Split into Two Companies

people.Catherine MacGregor, who joined TechnipFMC's New Ventures group last month after more than two decades at Schlumberger NV , will head up the engineering and construction services company. It will pursue new opportunities in liquefied natural gas (LNG) and broaden its market focus to include biofuels and alternative energy projects.That company will have about 15,000 employees.TechnipFMC received a record volume of orders in the second quarter, supported by new liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects. The company recently won a $7.6 billion contract from Russia's Novatek for the Arctic LNG-2

Photo: Sonardyne

Partners Designing Autonomous Seismic Nodes

institute Senai-Cimatec to develop autonomous technology to make the monitoring of Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt oil fields more efficient.The new 4D seismic monitoring system, based on so-called On Demand Ocean Bottom Nodes, is being developed under a National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) promoted program.According to Sonardyne, the goal is to increase the autonomy of ocean bottom nodes and enable them to be deployed and remain on the seafloor for up to five years. During that period, no interventions, such as connections for data extraction or replacement of batteries

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Seaweed: Fuel of the Future?

toward making that scenario a reality. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) received $5.7 million from ARPA-E's Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) Program for two projects that have set out to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels and bio-based chemicals.   "By focusing on the technological challenges to growing and harvesting macroalgae (seaweed) efficiently and cost-effectively, MARINER project teams are building the tools we need to fully put this resource to work contributing to our energy future," said

H38 deploying researchers (Photo: Brazil Navy)

A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

system.”   Unfortunately, Brazilian institutions have neglected to examine more thoroughly the seabed and underwater environment along the deeper shallow waters off the Amazon River basin and the EM. Knowing this lack of hard data on the EM, the ANP, Brazil’s National Petroleum and Biofuels Agency, states in its 11th round auction documents that environmental impact licenses for blocks in the EM may be impacted and even revoked depending on new data being acquired, which, with the unique reef discoveries along the Foz do Amazonas, Para-Maranhão and Barreirinha basins, may very

BLOQUE BRASIL FZAM320

Ecopetrol, JX Nippon Team Up to Explore Brazil Offshore

FZA-M-320 block, located in shallow waters of the Foz Amazonas basin on the equatorial margin of the Brazilian Amazon region. Ecopetrol has held the exclusive rights for this block since May 2013, which was awarded during the 11th Round carried out by the ANP, the National Petroleum Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency in Brazil. The commercial agreement announced today, yet to be approved by the ANP, establishes that JX Nippon will undertake exploration of this block with a 30% share, for both exploration investments and potential resources that may be discovered. Ecopetrol will maintain its 70% share

The Peregrino field includes two fixed drilling platforms (WHP A and WHP B), and the floating production and storage unit FPSO Peregrino.

Statoil's Peregrino Crosses 100 Milliion Bbls

application of technology developed by Statoil, in Brazil and elsewhere. We are constantly learning and we look forward to reaching new milestones as we continue to develop this large field”, he says. According to a report published by the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) in March 2015, Peregrino is Brazil's eighth largest field, and has the second heaviest oil ever produced in Brazil. It is also the largest field operated by Statoil outside Norway and accounts for about 12% of its international production (around 720 thousand barrels per day). The recoverable

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