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Algae Could Replace 17% of U.S. Oil Imports 2

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2011/04/study-algae-could-replace-17-of-u-s-oil-imports

Richland, Washington, USA -- High oil prices and environmental and economic security concerns have triggered interest in using algae-derived oils as an alternative to fossil fuels. But growing algae or any other biofuel source can require a lot of water.

However, a new study shows that being smart about where we grow algae can drastically reduce how much water is needed for algal biofuel. Growing algae for biofuel, while being water-wise, could also help meet congressionally mandated renewable fuel targets by replacing 17 percent of the nation's imported oil for transportation, according to a paper published in the journal Water Resources Research................................


Mon April 25 2011 12:54:27 AM by Marta 1722 views

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  • Gopinelli wrote:
    Wed April 27 2011 06:28:43 PM

    Good. IEA's Biofuels Technology Roadmap released recently predicts a growth of current 2% biofuel market share on transport fuel to 27% by 2050 . This needs 3 billion ton biomass per annum, a huge market opportunity of $11 trillion. But, to achieve the goals, government policies should be stable. We saw them up and down in past couple of months. I know a Govt. Grant awarded recently went to the wallets of tens of non biofuel alternative energy companies and one single biofuel start up. Even that was a biomass processing company, not a feerstock producer. No biomass production facility won the grant.
    I wonder.. to neglect algae, is there so much of MSW or sawdust out there!

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  • Glsimiane wrote:
    Wed May 04 2011 04:47:24 AM

    Correct, One of the big issue is an Energy Policy that propels algae oil. This is not existing yet. The Federal Government thrust is at this time cellulosic biofuels. This is considered a second generation feedstock to advanced biofuels. The third generation being algae.  So far the FY 2011 is not really targeting specifically algae. Algae are part of the Funding Opportunities among many other feedstocks including wood, land crops, etc. Since the US is now producing 12 bn gals/year of corn ethanol it also makes sense to convert the corn husks and stems to biofuels using enzymes at a cost competitive rate.  

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