Industry Market Trends

Biofuel from Algae Part Two: The Way Forward

February 26, 2013

While biofuel made from algae shows strong promise over fuel made from food crops – it can be cultivated on wasteland and produce more energy per square foot than any other crop – it has seen a number of roadblocks along the way. For this reason, many of the companies that have pursued it have failed. The players that have continued R&D on algae biofuel have struggled, and some have had to stay financially afloat by producing and selling into smaller, niche algae markets such as skincare products. Experts call this period from early research and development to commercial success β€œThe Valley of Death,” and so it has proved to be for many companies. Algae-based biofuel will need to be produced on a huge scale to lower costs enough to enable it to compete with petroleum. The two most common targets for advancement of algae biofuel are the growth media (open pond vs. closed bioreactor) and methods to remove the intracellular components of the algae. There are several organizations that have continued to press on. Read More

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What Are the True Costs of Regulation?

February 26, 2013

The effect of government regulation on American manufacturing has been a hotly debated issue since the introduction of federal clean air and water guidelines about 40 years ago. Here we look at what manufacturing trade groups consider the real economic impact of regulations on U.S. manufacturers and consumers. Read More

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Graphene: The Quest to Mass Produce the Next Miracle Material

February 26, 2013

The nano-material graphene could prove to be the most important synthetic material since plastic, but producing it is cost-prohibitive. However, several teams of researchers around the world are trying to crack the code to produce industrial quantities of the super material. Read More

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Antifragile

February 26, 2013

In Antifragile, bestselling author Nassim Nicholas Taleb looks at why some systems benefit from volatility and disorder, and explains how to take advantage from this knowledge. Read More

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How Ending Currency Manipulation Will Help Manufacturers

February 26, 2013

Currency manipulation by U.S. trading partners, particularly China, creates a drag on the U.S. economy. Cracking down on manipulators would significantly reduce the trade deficit and provide a major boost to American manufacturers. In fact, the solution may be as simple as the stroke of a pen. Read More