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Algae biodiesel production cost, thrice as costly as petroleum 20


The cost of producing biodiesel from algae is currently 52.3 Euros per gigajoule of energy, compared with 36 Euros for rapeseed and only 15.8 Euros for oil.
 Wesseler has factored in the high costs of algae reactors based on figures from current, especially American, algae processors.

 'Those facilities are not the most modern and efficient', he says.
'In the past year, the conversion of algae into biodiesel has become more efficient and, therefore, less costly.'
Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme healthy food and living environment. Environmental economist Justus Wesseler PhD is a Professor at Wageningen University.
Wageningen University is part of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). The university works together with research institutes and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, also part of Wageningen UR.

If biodiesel from algae were to be competitive with other biofuels, the productivity of algae reactors would have to grow annually by at least three to four percent more than the productivity of other bioreactors over a stretch of fifteen years, says Professor Wesseler.

Wesseler gives this a fairly high probability of success. 
'Wijffels and Barbosa see many ways to improve the production process. The conversion of rapeseed and other crops into biofuels is already at a more advanced stage compared with that for diesel from algae.

 Upscaling the technology can also lead to big cost reductions.' If oil prices were to rise again too, a point will come when biodiesel from algae becomes cheaper than biodiesel from oil.

 Provided that the government and the private sector keep investing in developing algae technology, adds Wesseler.
Thu September 30 2010 02:56:14 PM by Veronica cost of algae biodiesel 3353 views

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  • Anna wrote:
    Sat October 02 2010 05:47:16 PM

    hmmmm

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  • Aathmika wrote:
    Sun October 03 2010 12:03:46 PM

    When one is calculating cost,the cost of carbon emission from fossil fuel should also be added to get the right price.

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  • Thu October 07 2010 02:41:29 PM

    Last month, Wageningen UR environmental technologists Rene Wijffels and Maria Barbosa reported in Science that the production of biodiesel from algae cultivation would be feasible in ten to fifteen years' time. The cost of algae production would have to go down by a factor of ten, contended Wijffels.

    Exact figures

    Economist Wesseler has now come up with exact figures.


    The cost of producing biodiesel from algae is currently 52.3 Euros per gigajoule of energy, compared with 36 Euros for rapeseed and only 15.8 Euros for oil. Wesseler has factored in the high costs of algae reactors based on figures from current, especially American, algae processors. 'Those facilities are not the most modern and efficient', he says. 'In the past year, the conversion of algae into biodiesel has become more efficient and, therefore, less costly.'

    If biodiesel from algae were to be competitive with other biofuels, the productivity of algae reactors would have to grow annually by at least three to four percent more than the productivity of other bioreactors over a stretch of fifteen years.

    Upscaling

    Wesseler gives this a fairly high probability of success. 'Wijffels and Barbosa see many ways to improve the production process.


    The conversion of rapeseed and other crops into biofuels is already at a more advanced stage compared with that for diesel from algae.


    Upscaling the technology can also lead to big cost reductions.' If oil prices were to rise again too, a point will come when biodiesel from algae becomes cheaper than biodiesel from oil. Provided that the government and the private sector keep investing in developing algae technology, adds Wesseler.

    Provided by Wageningen University



    http://www.physorg.com/news205146203.html

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  • Larsyn wrote:
    Thu October 07 2010 04:34:13 PM

    I'm going to beat my dead horse one more time. If algae were grown for the purpose of cleansing wastewater then the algae is free. Then you can only cost out the cost from the dried algae stage to bio diesel. If every city in the USA were to handle there wastewater with algae there land requirements would be minimal. The cities would have a inexpensive way of cleaning wastewater & there would be a large source of algae for biodiesel.

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Thu October 07 2010 10:19:12 PM

    Simple, yet very practical and true thought. It immediately becomes viable.
    Bioremediation saves a lot of money when one uses algae instead of chemicals.
    In fact, I would say it is time that bioremediation is made mandatory.

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  • Arden wrote:
    Thu October 07 2010 10:23:56 PM

    Yes, Larsyn.
    Bioremediation of industrial waste. Countries like Germany, Japan and china should benefit by bringing about a legislation..


    bioremediation of human waste is a anohter very big area and it can be again legalised.

    Countries like India and China will vastly benefit.

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  • Fri October 08 2010 02:03:05 PM

    Here is a blog from renewable energy world on the same information.
    The article says that though the cost of production of algae bio fuel varies from $ 6 to $ 35, there are lots of big time oil companies and other companies are investing and that oil from algae may not be necessarily a decade away.

    It appears that algal oil can yield 4400 gallons from an acre as compared to 600 gallons from palm.

    http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2010/10/is-algae-biodiesel-a-decade-away

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  • Larsyn wrote:
    Fri October 08 2010 02:16:46 PM

    I beleave they said 4400 was a target amount. I assume they were only considering open pond production based on the companies sited.

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  • Arden wrote:
    Sat October 09 2010 09:18:10 AM

    The target of 4,400 gallons per acre is right in the range of what some algae players claim to be producing today. Companies like Algenol, Solix, Solazyme and OriginOil say they are making ? or on the road to making ? between 2,000 and 5,000 gallons of fuel per acre.


    And earlier this fall, Solazyme announced it had delivered 20,000 gallons of fuel to the U.S. Navy. Shortly after, the company signed a contract with the Navy to provide 150,000 more gallons.

    But even with all the other revenue streams that come from selling algae cake, algae biofuels still cost between $6 and $35 per gallon.

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  • Sat October 09 2010 11:23:26 PM

    http://www.tomorrowisgreener.com/biodiesel-from-algae-to-supply-the-whole-of-europe/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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