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Algae biofuels for automotives : Ford to study 15

Thanks to the new bill passed bringing the incentives to algae biofuels on par with other biofuels is going to trigger more interest in Algae.
In my opinion, algae is any day a better bet than most biofuels. 
Here is an article about how FORD is seriously interested in algae as a biofuel.

Ford scientists are working to understand the suitability of renewable sources such as algae as potential automotive biofuels. This effort is an integral part of Ford's desire to better understand the use of biomass to produce future biofuels as part of an overall strategy to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and address climate change. 


 


"Ford has a long history of developing vehicles that run on renewable fuels; and the increased use of biofuels is an important element of our sustainability strategy now and moving forward," said Tim Wallington, technical leader with the Ford Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department.

 "We look ahead from a technological, economic, environmental, and social standpoint at potential next-generation renewable fuels that could power our vehicles."
Algae for oil Industry forecasters and trend magazines such as The Futurist have highlighted "algae for oil" as one of the hottest technologies and thought-provoking ideas for 2010. 
Algae biofuel research received an added boost this spring when the House of Representatives introduced a bill (HR 5142) known as the GREEN JOBS Act of 2010  to encourage investment tax credits for algae-based biorefineries. 
This year, Ford researchers visited Wayne State University's National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, which is actively analyzing suitable algae strains that could be used as a feedstock for biodiesel.
 The Ford researchers, part of the company's Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department, also have conducted in-house research on the opportunities and challenges of producing biodiesel from algae oil.
Sat October 02 2010 08:55:37 AM by Monterio algae automotive biofuel  |  biofuel policy  |  ford 912 views

Comments - 11

  • Aathmika wrote:
    Sat October 02 2010 02:15:54 PM

    Algae has its merit as a potential biofuel.Ford wants to show it supports any efforts that could lead to a viable, commercial-scale application of this technology

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  • Jacintha wrote:
    Sat October 02 2010 02:18:32 PM

    Sapphire Energy ran a car on algae fuel at the Copenhagen Summit

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Wed October 06 2010 06:43:24 PM

    Ford's investment in biofuels is not casual; it's part of the company's long term business strategy. The automaker was today ranked among the best positioned U.S. businesses that will excel in the coming carbon conscious business environment.

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  • Blake wrote:
    Fri October 08 2010 04:59:28 AM

    More info about Ford and algae
    http://www.siliconrepublic.com/green-tech/item/18180-ford-examines-algae/

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  • Anna wrote:
    Mon October 11 2010 11:46:34 AM

    Thanks for the urls.

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  • Anna wrote:
    Tue October 12 2010 09:10:52 AM

    Now anohter url from cnet.

    ?Algae have some very desirable characteristics as a potential biofuel feedstock and Ford wants to show its support any efforts that could lead to a viable, commercial-scale application of this technology,? said Sherry Mueller, research scientist at Ford Motor Company.

    At this point, algae researchers are still challenged to find economical and sustainable ways for commercial-scale controlled production and culturing of high oil-producing algae.

    Certain species of algae have the ability to convert carbon dioxide to oil, carbohydrates, and other cell components through photosynthesis. Unlike soybeans and corn, algae is incredibly prolific; it can be grown almost anywhere in fresh or saline waters. Algae can also be grown year-round--there's no harvest season.

    Earlier this year Ford researchers visited Wayne State University's National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, which is looking at suitable algae strains that could be used as a feedstock for biodiesel. Researchers at Ford's Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department are also looking into other bio-based fuel alternatives such as ethanol and butanol, the company said.
    ?Ford has a long history of developing vehicles that run on renewable fuels; and the increased use of biofuels is an important element of our sustainability strategy now and moving forward,"? Tim Wallington, technical leader with the Ford Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department said in a news release.

    ?We look ahead from a technological, economic, environmental, and social standpoint at potential next-generation renewable fuels that could power our vehicles.?


    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13746_7-20018362-48.html

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  • Monterio wrote:
    Tue October 12 2010 07:03:57 PM

    more info from Jim Motavalli a blogger.
    http://www.bnet.com/blog/electric-cars/algae-biofuel-not-one-of-ford-8217s-better-ideas-8212-at-least-not-yet/2458

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  • Veronica wrote:
    Wed October 20 2010 04:15:35 AM

    When one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world invests their capital into algae biofuel research, you know that renewable energy will soon play a major role in the global economy.

    Ford Motor Company has recently hired scientists to look into algae as the major ingredient in their efforts towards bio-fuel production. The company has quickly realized that if their cars are to be relevant in the future, then they will need to find alternatives to gasoline and oil.

    The company has also been looking at ethanol and butanol biofuels, but at the moment, believe that algae may hold the greatest potential.



    Working with scientists at Wayne State University?s National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, Ford has been researching the potential of algae as a major biomass ingredient in the production of fuel.

    To aid in their research, the team of scientists have been conducting assorted experiments on algae oil and its potential to power vehicles.


    And this may come as a shock to many, but this isn?t Ford?s first attempt at using alternative fuels to run their products. According to Tim Wallington, technical leader with the Ford Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department, "Ford has a long history of developing vehicles that run on renewable fuels; and the increased use of biofuels is an important element of our sustainability strategy now and moving forward."

    Sherry Mueller, Research Scientist, Ford Motor Company added, "Algae have some very desirable characteristics as a potential biofuel feedstock and Ford wants to show its support for any efforts that could lead to a viable, commercial-scale application of this technology." Furthermore stating, "At this point, algae researchers are still challenged to find economical and sustainable ways for commercial-scale controlled production and culturing of high oil-producing algae."


    http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/15/ford-developing-biofuel-from-algae-for-use-in-vehicles/

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Thu October 21 2010 10:19:21 AM

    Good that all different links are given in one page.
    Will be useful infuture references.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Thu October 21 2010 02:24:19 PM

    War has been fought for oil, but the craze for automobiles is increasing in developed and developing economies.
    Ford is addressing this issue by seeking an alternate to fossil fuel.
    Algae as a biofuel has been found attractive.
    It multiplies rapidly, grows on land and water;does not require arable land.Moreover it can be grown throughout the year.

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Fri October 22 2010 12:07:46 PM


    Not  just all links ! 

    What we all asked in the site is now available.
    The oilgae stooges also hear us out. 
    Great job guys !

    Now we can write BOLD, italicise and underline .  .

    There seems to be many other features and let me explore and give some suggestions.
    I hope the 2000 character restriction also ahs been removed.

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