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Big Oil company, Shell is seeking to build a facility for the purpose of creating biodiesel from algae in two years' time, pursuant to yesterday's launch of a joint venture to start a research project in Hawaii.
By: GARKOBig Oil company, Shell is seeking to build a facility for the purpose of creating biodiesel from algae in two years' time, pursuant to yesterday's launch of a joint venture to start a research project in Hawaii.
The partnership with Hawaii-based Biopetroleum, will initially build a small research facility but is hoping to move to a full-throttle commercial operation of twenty thousand hectares. Shell said it predicts yields of roughly sixty tonnes of oil per hectare a year, meaning a full-scale complex would produce 1.2m tons of fuel a year.
The two companies did not reveal how large the initial investment was, but Shell did admit that they will have a majority stake in the company, which is going to be called Cellana.
Shell has not participated in production of the first wave of biofuels from ethanol and biodiesel from vegetable and soy oil, focusing on newer generation fuel sources which can be generated from non edible plants or plant waste.
 It has petitioned that government support for biofuels should provide more substantial incentives to newer generation products on the grounds that they are probably going to show much better environmental performance, especially in cutting CO2 and other toxic emissions.
Graeme Sweeney, Shell's head of future fuels, stated that biodiesel extracted out of algae is going to require such assistance to be viable. He said: 'The motivation in our project is that we are here investing in developing sustainable solutions to biofuel with a low-carbon footprint.'
As a biofuel product, algae owns clear benefits over more common crops. It consumes less space and can grow underwater, relieving pressure on agricultural land and fresh water, a situation that has been among the biggest problems experienced by first-generation biofuels activities. It also has higher yields.

Shell stated its conservative projections of an annual fuel production of sixty tonnes per hectare was FIFTEEN times the four tonnes a year possible with jatropha, a biofuel alternative source being explored by D1 Oils in partnership with BP.
But Mr Sweeney concurred there was a long way to go to prove the commercial stength of the process.
My opinion regarding Shell's ventures go to it guys, I hope it does work out and more power to you, (although you already possess all the power in the world). But in the mean time, I will keep on helping the people and the environment with Water4Gas
WATER4GAS is sharing information for a nominal fee which people can use in their garage or wherever to build a small device which infuses hydrogen into the fuel/air mixture that their car runs on.
The process makes smaller particles out of the ones that the engine uses as fuel. Because of the smaller size the engine gets to use considerably more of the gas.
By doing this you can minimumly expect to improve your fuel economy by thirty to fifty percent or even more. Those molecules "musta" been pretty darn huge in some engines before. But with WATER4GAS they are made consumable so you can improve your fuel economy.
It also helps make emissions significantly cleaner.
This information has been purchased by over NINE THOUSAND individuals already and the percentage of happy customers is about 99%! So how about you?
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Fri October 22 2010 12:34:15 AM by Natalia Shell  |  bio petroleum 2143 views

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Fri October 22 2010 11:06:10 AM


    ? Even the big guys of fossil fuel know time is running out; the world needs an alternate fuel.Early bird catches the worm holds true.[removed]var Transliterate = {

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  • Anna wrote:
    Sun October 24 2010 04:24:17 AM

    This news is redeeming considering what one posted about what John Benneman had tosay
    " Abandon all Hope"
    I believe he said this in relation to CO2 capture and algae growth co located to a coal plant.

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  • Anna wrote:
    Mon October 25 2010 11:24:34 PM

    Shell hopes to build a commercial plant producing biodiesel from algae within the next two years, following the launch yesterday of a joint venture to develop a research project in Hawaii.

    The joint venture, with Hawaii-based Biopetroleum, will start slow with a small research facility but hopes to increase to a full-throttle commercial facility of 20,000 hectares. Shell said it forecasts yields of around sixty tonnes of oil per hectare a year, meaning a fully operational complex would produce 1.2m tons of biodisel annually.

    The two corporations chose not to disclose how large the initial investment was, but Shell did admit that they will have a majority stake in the company, called Cellana.

    Shell has held back from production of the first wave of biofuels from ethanol and biodiesel from vegetable oil, keeping their focus on second-generation fuel sources that can be extracted from non edible plants or plant waste. It has cited that government subsidies for biofuels should provide greater incentives to second wave products for the reason that they are probably going to demonstrate much more optimum environmental performance, particularly in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

    Graeme Sweeney, Shell's head of future fuels, suggested that biodiesel extracted out of algae would require such support to be viable. He said: "The issue in our project is that we are here investing in developing sustainable sources to biofuel with a low-carbon footprint."

    As a biofuel product, algae owns clear advantages over traditional crops. It uses less space

    algae biofuel plant
    and can grow underwater, which solves the problem of too much demand from agricultural land and fresh water, which has been among the most difficult problems associated with first-generation biofuels activities. It also produces greater yields.

    Shell stated its "conservative" estimate of a yearlyl fuel output of sixty tonnes per hectare was FIFTEEN times the four tonnes per annum procurable with jatropha, a biofuel alternative source being pioneered by D1 Oils in a joing venture with BP.

    But Mr Sweeney did advise that there was a long way to go to verify the commercial stength of the process.

    My personal take about this is? go to it guys, I hope it is a success and more power to you, (even though you already possess all the power in the world). But while you are off scraping algae off the Ocean bottom, I will keep on helping the people and the environment with Water4Gas

    WATER4GAS is sharing information at a low price which consumers can use in their garage or wherever to build a small gizmo which instills hydrogen into the fuel/air mixture that their car runs on.

    What this does is make smaller particles out of the particles that the engine burns as fuel. Because of the smaller size the engine is able to use considerably more of it.

    By doing this you can reasonably expect to increase your MPG by 30-50% or significantly more. Those particles "musta" been pretty darn huge in some engines before. But with WATER4GAS they are made consumable so you can increase your MPG.

    It also helps to lower emissions significantly.

    This package of info has been purchased by over 9000 people already and happy members number about 99%! So how about you?

    GARKO

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    Activist, songwriter, consumer advocate and entrepreneur, GARKO, shows you increase your mpg and save gas and how to lower gas consumption through hydrogen generation which is the best of the inexpensive ways to save gasFor a list of current gasoline prices in your neighborhood email garko@startlingdiscoveries.info

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