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Moisture less Algae Aviation Fuel

    US Defense demands
for aviation fuel is enormous;if algae fuel can capture this market algae is in
big business regardless of all the initial costs involved.

Contractors of America LLC is  engaged in formulating moisture less algae aviation fuel.
It  has declared selling samples of
pulverized algae based jet fuel to the research laboratories of  US Air Force.

  The method adopted seems ideal for jet fuel
as it does not solidify  into gel and
permits instant ignition.

    Details of the process involved and the
advantages of this process  can be seen
at the site given below. 
Thu August 26 2010 09:07:35 AM by Jacintha algae extraction  |  US Air force  |  jet fuel

Algae carted in Golf Buggies?

  Never say die seems
the motto of this article.

As a result of recession many Americans seem to have given
up golf.With reduced patronage many of the golf courses are in the red.

   Most golf course have
many water bodies built into the course-small ponds or large watering holes.

These water bodies could be used for algae cultivation to be
converted to algae fuel.

 Worth considering don?t
you think.

Algore the strong environmentalist could fuel
his jet with algae fuel to fly to the golf course
Thu August 26 2010 09:05:12 AM by Jacintha 3 golf  |  algae cultivation

Thailand - Jet bio fuel from 2012

Thailand will start developing biofuel for jets to meet demand from 2012, when European aviation regulations calling for green fuel in airplanes take effect, says the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department.

"That means Thailand's international airports should have airplane-compatible biofuel available to serve European airlines," said Twarath Sutabutr, the deputy director-general.

"We want to become the aviation hub for Southeast Asia, and that means we'll have to have all the essential supplies to serve their requirements. Jet biofuel will absolutely be needed, so we should start developing it now."

Average annual jet fuel demand in Thailand is about 4 billion litres. To meet the demand for biofuel to mix in with jet fuel, the country should expand the area of palm oil plantations or turn to other fuel crops such as algae or sweet sorghum.

So far, the output of crude palm oil for biodiesel production is balanced and remains sufficient for the government's policy of replacing B3, a mix of 3% biofuel and high-speed diesel, with the higher biofuel content B5 next January.

"If we also need to serve the aviation industry, then the crude palm oil we have now won't be enough, so we're considering what we can prepare for the market change," said Dr Twarath.

He said that at present there were two organisations spearheading fuel crop development - the department itself and the energy conglomerate PTT Group.

The department has provided financial support to universities for research into making biofuel from algae and sweet sorghum. PTT has its own research and development department and a laboratory for aviation biofuel.

Biofuel from algae may be the best choice since suitable areas for palm tree plantation are limited.

"Instead of trying to get more palm oil, the country should throw its efforts into research into new fuel crops," said Dr Twarath.
Thu August 19 2010 06:40:44 AM by Jacintha 2 Thailand  |  jet fuel  |  European aviation fuel standard

Growth of Algae

A Big Island company aims to harvest oil from algae on a commercial scale as an alternative to drilling for petroleum.
To grow algae, researchers put a small amount of algae in sea water and expose it to the sun, some nutrients and carbon dioxide. The dense algal growth is moved to a larger growing container and then open ponds. The oil-heavy algae sinks to the bottom of the ponds, and researchers remove water and extract oil from the algae.
Cellana researchers are trying smarter designs to reduce the expense. They are also attempting to increase their yields, or the amount of algae they are able to get per square meter per day, to cut costs.
The project is attracting significant financial support. The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded Cellana $9 million to continue its research.
The company also might be able to get revenue from a byproduct of the process, as the protein and carbohydrates left after oil is extracted could be turned into fish meal or other animal feed
Thu August 12 2010 10:35:58 AM by Jacintha 1 algae cultivation  |  Cellana

Distribution of macroalgae-Australia

A catalogue of 126 species of benthic marine brown macroalgae (Phaeophyta) hasbeen compiled for the coastline of tropical?subtropical Queensland,Australia. This number represents a significant decrease compared to the 139brown macroalgal species previously recorded for the State
Tue August 10 2010 06:56:49 AM by Jacintha macro algae

Algae -Vegetarian Meat

A joint research project to extract food ingredients from algae is being started by Dutch organization TNO and industrial algae producer Ingrepro Renewables BV. The extracted ingredients are healthy vegetable oils and mostly proteins and could be used as a sustainable substitute for meat.
Ingrepro will take care of algae production and establishing the biorefinery process while TNO will create the technologies for extraction and refining the oil, proteins and carbohydrates and work on the ingredients? possible applications.

Per available technology, the use of algae as food ingredients will offer higher potential profits than its use for biofuel, as the biofuel from algea industry is still in early stages.
Tue August 10 2010 06:46:48 AM by Jacintha 2 algae  |  meat  |  Ingrepro  |  TNO

Annual Algae Biomass Summit

The 4th Annual Algae Biomass Summit at Phoenix between sep 28- 30 2010
Speakers and attendees at the 4th Annual Algae Biomass Summit will include national and international technologists, producers, scientists, investors, and policymakers. During the course of the event, leaders and attendees will discuss issues of critical importance to the emerging algae industry, including the commercial viability of algal production, current government and private initiatives, evolving technologies, processing concepts, life cycle analysis and venture/project finance. Last year?s Algae Biomass Summit, held in San Diego, California, was attended by more than 700 stakeholders across the algae industry.
Sat August 07 2010 05:03:44 AM by Jacintha algae biomass  |  phoenix

Death of Marine Algae

I was alarmed to read the disappearance of crucial marine algae.
"phytoplankton" have been declining globally - its population has decreased by roughly 40 per cent since 1950 - because of rising sea surface temperatures and changing ocean conditions.
Phytoplankton are a critical part of our planetary life-support system. They produce half of the oxygen we breathe.
More than 11,000 different marine species live in ocean "hot spots" but these regions are most damaged by climate change, fishing and pollution.

Canadian scientists, the first in the world to map global patterns of all coastal fish species, worked with American colleagues in identifying hot spots, and found 60 areas around the world that are home to thousands of species.
The closest hot spot to Canada is located in the Caribbean, but the majority of the hot spots was found in Indonesia, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Australia and China.
These are the richest areas of the ocean and we need to seriously see how they can be protected from human actions and global warming.
Fri August 06 2010 05:16:39 AM by Jacintha 16 marine algae  |  phytoplankton