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Sapphire Energy Uses CLC Bio Software for Sustainable Fuels Research


CLC Bio said this week that it has created a customized bioinformatics solution for biofuel firm Sapphire Energy.

Sapphire will use the CLC system in its efforts to develop "green crude" — a renewable crude oil that’s the result of a proprietary process of converting sunlight, carbon dioxide, and algae into green oils that can be refined into fuel.

Specifically, Sapphire is using breeding and selection methods to improve oil-producing algae’s efficiency, disease resistance, and harvest capability, Christopher Yohn, the company’s principal scientist, said in a statement.

He said that the CLC Bio solution automates several “critical processes” in Sapphire’s research and development process that will help the company meet its development goals.