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Comprehensive Oilgae Report – Updated and Insightful

Oilgae has released the latest update of its Comprehensive Oilgae Report and I thought I’d provide you with details of the report and the key takeaways from the report for your reference.

As you might already know, the Comprehensive Oilgae Report is the most detailed report covering all the critical aspects of algae biofuels –strain selection, cultivation, harvesting and processing into fuels.

Oilgae last week released the latest update of the report. Containing over 700 pages, the updated report comprises more details and insights on each part of the algae value chain and has added significant amount of insights and inputs on over one hundred companies pursuing algae biofuel efforts.

Summary of the updated Comprehensive Oilgae Report
• Last updated: September 2010
• Total no of pages: 700
• Total number of chapters: 27
• Number of companies covered: 150.
• Number of university and academic research efforts covered: 50
• Number of tables: 110
• Number of charts and figures: 50


Critical and comprehensive updates provided on the following:

1. Significant additions made to the chapter on CO2 capture by algae at power plants and other CO2 emitting industries.
2. Significant additions to made to culturing algae at lab scale. These insights will be particularly useful to those who are just starting off their efforts in algae fuels.
3. Critical insights and case studies have been added to the important chapter on wastewater treatment using algae, both for sewage treatment plants (STP) and effluent treatment plants (ETP).
4. The chapter on non-fuel applications such as food, pharma, animal/fish feed, dyes and colorants, biopolymers and more has been expanded.
Why should you buy this report?
• It helps you understand all aspects of the algae energy domain and provides you key insights which will be invaluable in planning your venture.
• It has a special emphasis on providing inputs for those interested in investing or starting a business in this field.
• It has been developed with inputs from authoritative sources.
• Special emphasis is on inputs that will facilitate businesses to quickly take further steps.
• Comprises intelligence and inputs derived from many seminars and expert presentations
• Developed by Oilgae (www.Oilgae.com ), the leading resource for all information for energy from algae.


Key take-aways from the report:

• Algae represent the third generation feedstock for biodiesel, with much higher yields than second generation crops. Algae yields could reach a high of 50 T of biodiesel per hectare year against 2 T for competing feedstock such as jatropha.

• While biodiesel is the fuel end product that is pursued most, algae can be processed to yield other energy products such as ethanol, diesel, gasoline, aviation fuel, hydrogen and other hydrocarbons. Some companies have started exploring production of these products as well.

• From over 30,000 strains of algae available, selecting the most suitable strain needs evaluation of parameters such as desired end products, oil/energy yields, performance in mass culture, complexity of structure, culturing media/environment and more.

• In harsh environments such as deserts, photobioreactors might be the most suitable method to grow algae, owing to the control they offer on the external elements.

• Costs of setting up and operating a photobioreactor for algae cultivation would be much higher than open ponds, but photobioreactors provide higher efficiency and oil yields. While open ponds costs about $100,000 per hectare in capital costs, photobioreactors cost about $1-$1.5 million per hectare – ten times as much as open pond! On the other hand, photobioreactors provide much higher control for algal monocultures and provide yields that are 3-5X those for open ponds.

• Currently, photobioreactor costs range between $70-150/m2. Some of the most important research efforts currently being undertaken are for reducing the capital and operational costs for photobioreactors.

• Prominent methods currently used for harvesting microalgae are filtration, centrifugation, and flocculation.
 Centrifugation and flocculation are expensive harvesting methods, but these are expected to have the most potential in future for harvesting microalgae.
 The operational cost of centrifugation for algae harvesting varies from $100 to $500 per tone of algae biomass.

• Companies are trying to overcome the challenges faced by the open pond system such as contamination, light penetration and water evaporation by using a hybrid algae product system – cross between open and closed system. For instance, the company GreenStar has introduced a hybrid of open-air and closed bioreactor system that combines the controlled environment of a closed photobioreactor with the inexpensive construction of an open pond system.

• Algae in Bioremediation – Significant efforts are being undertaken for the use of algae in waste water treatment, and as a source of carbon capture from power plants, cement factories etc .
 Research is going on with regard to harvesting microalgae growing in sewage and industrial wastewater. Dissolved air flotation and filtration have shown promise in the research done so far.
 For power plants and other entities that are large scale emitters of CO2, sequestering CO2 using algae provides the opportunity of monetization through carbon credits while at the same time producing biofuels.

• About 100 companies are pursuing the production of fuels from algae. Pilot projects undertaken by some of these companies suggest that algae could provide over 10,000 gallons of biodiesel per hectare per year.

• Algae – both microalgae and macroalgae – have non-fuel applications that cover diverse industries. The food, health products and nutraceutical markets are the largest among these.

• Prominent industries that have synergetic benefits from producing algae fuels are industries that either produce waste water or deal with treatment, power plants and cement plants that are large emitters of CO2, companies in the agriculture industry, poultry & cattle industry, and existing producers of non-fuel algae products such as nutraceuticals or animal feed.

• The global biodiesel industry is projected to grow and touch around 14.4 billion gallons by 2015, from 5 billion gallons in 2009.

• Venture capitalists are fully aware that algae energy is a high risk- high return domain, and that only companies that are willing to take big efforts to solve the problem have a chance of winning. Hence, they look for companies and teams that are trying to solve the problem by thinking big.

If your company is keen on exploring algae biofuels, the Comprehensive Oilgae Report will be an invaluable guide for your efforts.
To know the purchasing details for the report, please call Narsi Santhanam ( +91-98413-48117 ) or email: narsi@clixoo.com . More details of the report and the complete list of contents available at: http://www.oilgae.com/ref/report/report.html

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