Some latest news articles on oil from algae
Algae: Biofuel of the future? – University of Virginia researchers have a plan to greatly increase algae oil yields by feeding the algae extra carbon dioxide (the main greenhouse gas) and organic material like sewage, meaning the algae could simultaneously produce biofuel and clean up environmental problems. – Aug 15, 2008
Algae ponds trial – 19/08/2008 – ARARAT – Ararat Rural City Council will commence a trial which could pave the way for a biodiesel plant to be established in Ararat in the future. The trial, which council hopes to commence by the end of the month, involves algae being grown to produce oil which is then transformed into biodiesel, a fuel which can be used on its own or blended with traditional diesel. A series of six, 30 square metre ponds will be established on a trial site at NMIT, containing different varieties of local algae collected from local streams, dams and lakes.
Algae: Biofuel Of The Future? – ScienceDaily (Aug. 19, 2008) — In the world of alternative fuels, there may be nothing greener than pond scum. -
Five Questions with Kenneth Hern – Q: What do you see as the most promising feedstock for biodiesel?; A: I think algae is certainly one of them. Ditropha is another one. The oil of ditropha is not edible by human beings so it would be a triglyceride. We’re looking at anything out there that’s a triglyceride that people don’t eat and don’t consume because if you compete with calories you’re going to always lose -
Full scale algae production still 5 years away – Aug 14, 2008
Farming Alternative Fuels – “Fourth generation fuels” is a buzz phrase that essentially just means algal biodiesel, but with additional genetic manipulation. Current algal biodiesel requires a processing phase where the oil-bearing algae are centrifuged or pressed to extract the oil; it should be possible to engineer the organisms to excrete the oil, however, meaning that processing would simply involve skimming off the floating oil from the algae tank
2nd Generation Biofuels Summary – Bottom Line: Algae produce thousands of gallons more oil per acre than crops such as soy or palm, but growing and processing them at scale still present challenges. A number of U.S. facilities are slated to come on line by 2012. – Aug 18, 2008
Algae in Your Gas Tank? – 18 Aug 2008
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