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Are there others interested / involved in bio plastics from algae !! 7

Cereplast and Algenol are sitting pretty.
Are there other entrepreuners wanting to grow fast ?
If the Cereplast factory is going to smell like a fish processing industry, will the finals products ie
Plastic plates, plastic materials etc will also smell like fish ?
That will then be a major constraint.
By 2020, the bioplastics industry could be worth $20bn [?16bn]

More about Bio plastics, cereplast, Dupont, algenol, etc
http://www.icis.com/Articles/2010/06/21/9368969/algae-based-bioplastics-a-fast-growing-market.html
Sat June 19 2010 04:14:29 AM by Shankar bioplastics 2292 views

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  • Narsi wrote:
    Sun June 20 2010 07:52:45 AM

    Well, I'm not so sure about the algae to plastics prospects, but bioplastics as a business is sure going to go places in the next few years...right now, it is worth only $1 billion hardly a drop in the overall plastics market (which should be worth over $250 billion)...but plastics are such a necessary evil that it is going to accelerate the research and efforts (and investments) in the bioplastics market...what advantages algae have over other bio-candidates such as corn and soy and castor is not entirely clear at this stage, at least not to me!

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  • Parkavi wrote:
    Mon June 21 2010 03:59:51 AM

    Soley Institute is also producing Bioplastic from Spirulina dregs. When they extract some of useful materials from Spirulina microalgae, a large volume of Spirulina dregs are producing as a byproduct. By the newly developed method, they are producing bioplastics (biodegradable plastics) with Spirulina dregs.

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  • Parkavi wrote:
    Mon June 21 2010 04:05:20 AM

    What about the BIOPAL project..BIOPAL project was started to explore the use of algae as raw material for production of bioplastics and biocomposites contributing to sustainable development of european coastal regions. i am not entirely aware of the current status of the project.

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Tue June 22 2010 12:12:52 AM

    @ Parkavi
    Thanks for your comments. I found the link to Solely Institute very usefull. I find that they themselves are giving " funding" / " grants" for interesting research projects.
    http://www.soley.cn/nonprofit/66-grants.html

    Are there such organisations in other parts of the world ?

    On doing additional research, I found that Dow chemicals is interested and Petrosun with Algenol is interested in bio plastics.

    Making Spirulina itself, I guess an extremely profitable proposition. What are spirulina dregs?
    Are they some kind of bye products in spirulina manufacture?

    Piggy backing ie getting two products is very important for economic viablility.
    Getting back to the topic, why are there not more companies into bio plastics. Either with algae or with others ? If there are, can i know their names ?

    From what ever I have gathered, the market for plastics is presently over $ 400 billion. Cereplast probably has a lead. But there must be companies doing research on algae to bioplastics whether 30 % algae or 70 % algae is a topic of secondary importance.

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Tue June 22 2010 12:13:36 AM

    @ Parkavi
    Thanks for your comments. I found the link to Solely Institute very usefull. I find that they themselves are giving " funding" / " grants" for interesting research projects.
    http://www.soley.cn/nonprofit/66-grants.html

    Are there such organisations in other parts of the world ?

    On doing additional research, I found that Dow chemicals is interested and Petrosun with Algenol is interested in bio plastics.

    Making Spirulina itself, I guess an extremely profitable proposition. What are spirulina dregs?
    Are they some kind of bye products in spirulina manufacture?

    Piggy backing ie getting two products is very important for economic viablility.
    Getting back to the topic, why are there not more companies into bio plastics. Either with algae or with others ? If there are, can i know their names ?

    From what ever I have gathered, the market for plastics is presently over $ 400 billion. Cereplast probably has a lead. But there must be companies doing research on algae to bioplastics whether 30 % algae or 70 % algae is a topic of secondary importance.

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