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Seems to me this so called industry lacks leadership all the innovations are all in control of "companies" that are working only under the model of how to make money.
Which given makes sense since this is economy based and will shift the paradigm away from drill baby drill economy. Seems to me that the family ran independent farms are a much better model to follow than one HUGE facility that is on acres upon acres algae growing system.
How about we start a grass roots effort (algae roots) to come up with the materials, methods, algae strain, and everything that lets say a "farmer" would need to make enough algae oil that would be cheaper than the farmer buying his/hers from the petroleum industry ?
Look I seen all the "big" systems plans for 5 10 acres of growing surface area. All come at a price of 1 Million or more per acre surface growing area.
From bags from hanging, to CO2 pools at power plants or
pond systems. Look it is just growing algae why are the costs so high ? I challenge all of us to show that this can be done on a "small" scale and that it can make money/save money for the investment for a self sufficient farm. Look at it like this a farm or business that is is off the grid the petroleum grid.
I see this more of a social responsibility than profit taking. We need to do this for the planet, all the next generations. If we can have a system that has all the components, plans and how to do it yourself. We can then get out there to the public Domain.

Let me know what you all have to say on this.
Mon August 02 2010 06:07:41 PM by 4oilgae algae scalablity family farms grow sufficient 2304 views

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Mon August 02 2010 10:50:51 PM

    Pretty interesting. If algae can be grown like how a farmer grows in a small farm with least capital cost, without contamination, it will be great.

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Mon August 02 2010 11:14:27 PM

    If we can have modular extraction units for oil and if we can grow algae at homes, nothing like it.

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  • Tue August 03 2010 07:35:34 AM

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  • Aathmika wrote:
    Tue August 03 2010 02:09:20 PM

    Growing it small scale is a model ideal for india.

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Tue August 03 2010 02:10:34 PM

    Cant agree more with Aathmika.

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  • Consolex11 wrote:
    Tue August 03 2010 03:40:00 PM

    Growing Algae in small scale model can only be viable if we have some mobile extraction unit which reaches the small farms and provide them facility to get the fuel out of it. If a proper SCM is established this could be a very interesting answer to volatile fuel markets..

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  • Larsyn wrote:
    Wed August 04 2010 04:58:03 PM

    My backyard pbr is low cost easy to asemble. will operate on animal waste. Rather than extractor why not dry algae & nship to extractor.

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  • Fritchie wrote:
    Thu August 05 2010 01:38:00 AM

    I agree completely about only the people that are in for the money have the big investment dollars.
    Small time systems need a way to work together to develop a way to use algae for their own needs only.
    Large companies keep their methods under wraps and have no intention of sharing their findings.
    I would sure like to be a part of such a group thats interests are making the world a better place.

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  • Amanda wrote:
    Thu August 05 2010 11:00:27 AM

    If algae can be grown in villages and if we can have modular extractors set up in villages, then the oil thus produced can be utilised in and around the villages itself, without having to transport.
    small is beautiful.

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  • Amanda wrote:
    Thu August 05 2010 11:03:13 AM

    I agree with Insolex. Origin oil has a modular extractor and that can do the job.

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