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Sapphire Energy is a San Diego-based American energy company that produces crude oil made from algae. Wikipedia.

Sapphire Energy | Date: 2014-08-28

Terpene synthases are enzymes that directly convert IPP & DMAPP to terpenes, such as fusicoccadiene. Described herein are methods and compositions for the production of terpenes and terpenoids for use as fuel molecules or other useful components. Genetically engineered enzymes capable of producing terpenes and terpenoids are also described.

Sapphire Energy | Date: 2012-05-24

Disclosed herein are methods and processes for the recovery of oleaginous compounds from biomass and in particular biomass comprises photosynthetic microorganisms. Also disclosure are oleaginous compounds obtained using the disclosed methods.

Sapphire Energy | Date: 2013-11-25

The present application includes methods to harvest a non-vascular photosynthetic organism (NVPO) such as microalgae from an aqueous culture comprising brackish, non-brackish, marine, sea or saline water using polymer flocculants. The methods are suitable for harvesting NVPO from aqueous culture with total dissovled solids (TDS) of at least 1500 mg/L. Methods are also provided to harvest a NVPO using flocculation with or without a Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) process. Methods are further provided to flocculate and harvest a NVPO directly in a pond. The present application further provides NVPO-containing intermediates, compositions, or products produced by the methods provided herein.

Sapphire Energy | Date: 2014-07-11

Algae transformed with one or more polynucleotides encoding proteins that confer herbicide resistance are provided. The algae can be grown in small or large scale cultures that include one or more herbicides for the production and isolation of various products.

Sapphire Energy | Date: 2013-09-16

Disclosed herein is a pond for cultivating a non-vascular photosynthetic organism in a liquid medium, comprising a sump comprising an inflow slope with an angle of about 20 to about 70 degrees, and optionally an outflow slope of with an angle of about 5 to about 40 degrees. The novel sump design results in good overall carbonation efficiency and does not result in a large loss of biomass of a cultivated organism.

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