Algae the New Oil – 2010 Forecast

The Futurist’s Magazine’s Top 10 forecasts for 2010 says Algae may become the new oil. According to researchers at a Department of Energy plant in New Mexico, single-celled microalgae, grown in pond water, produce a biofuel that is lead-free and biodegradable, emits two-thirds less carbon dioxide and other pollutants than gasoline, and can run any modern diesel engine. Even better, algae require only a fraction of the land area of biofuel-producing crops.

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Pursuit Dynamics to Pursue Algae Biofuel

The new CEO of Pursuit Dynamics has initiated a radical overhaul of the Huntingdon-based company’s operations as it seeks to put a disappointing set of financial results behind it and move into profit by the end of the next financial year.

The change in strategy could result in the creation of new spin-out companies, the termination of some activities and a move into new application areas, such as the algae biofuel industry.

Paper thin Batteries from Algae

Cellulose being the major constituent of paper, one can imagine cellulose obtained from cladopora 100 times that of it… Truely fascinating….

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A new Patent in Algae to Oil

Its quite different from the conventional method, wherein expression of heterologous acyl-ACP thioesterase (TE) genes play an important role in recovering the fatty acid.

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Beckons demonstrate its Micro Algae Technology

Beckons Industries has been involved in the research and development activities of Algae growing for the last four years.

It  has made a milestone in the journey of its success by producing Algae in closed photo bioreactors made from locally available inexpensive material and got itself into one of the few companies of the world to enter into the most suitable technology which has been proved as one of the suitable feed stock for biodiesel and bio jetfuel.

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Bill aims to help Algae-based Biofuel Industry

Congressman Harry Teague has introduced legislation that would make algae-based biofuels eligible for the same tax incentives available for cellulosic biofuels such as ethanol, the congressman’s office reports. The Algae-based Renewable Fuel Promotion Act would expand the definition of cellulosic biofuel to include algae.

Sapphire Energy of San Diego, Calif., has constructed a test facility in the West Mesa Industrial Park in Las Cruces where it produces algae to extract oil to create fuel. The company has endorsed the legislation along with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Algal Biomass Organization and others.

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Algae to Biofuels Feasibility Study

To inject realism in the study of algae to biofuels a feasibility study hs been done in a hypothetical  pilot project at  Dallas. Some of the conclusions are….. It is reasonable to expect that work will continue on developing new strains of algae, faster growing and with higher lipid/starch content, vastly increasing the theoretical amount of biofuels that can be produced per acre.  Similarly, new strains will be identified or created that are more effective in capturing CO2.

There are already press articles reporting algae strains capable of capturing nearly four times their weight in CO2, twice the “normal” amount.  But anyone who contemplates building or investing in algae-to-biofuels projects needs to be cognizant of the less glamorous aspects of the process as well.  The availability of land, water, CO2 and nutrients will continue to be potentially constraining  factors to commerciality.

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