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Algae Jet Fuel to cost $1 per gallon 14

I have been following with interest the developments of algae fuel in the aviation scene.

Most aviation industry experts agree that algal oil perhaps holds the best hope of a long-term solution. Algae can produce an oil yield up to 15 times that of other biofuel plants. It can grow in brackish water and in areas that don?t compete with food crops and has among the best energy-per-unit-area factor of any biomass feedstock. But a lot remains to be done before its exciting potential is realised. For starters, it must be decided whether algae is better grown in giant bioreactors that would be expensive, or in open ponds, which in comparison, cost practically nothing, thus bringing down production costs. And extracting the oil economically is a huge challenge. Although largescale production of algae-derived jet fuel hasn?t yet begun, the US Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has an algae-to-jet fuel project that will be tested this year and mass production could begin by 2013. DARPA hopes to reduce the production cost of algae triglyceride?which is converted into jet fuel?to around $1 (Rs 45) per gallon, making it commercially viable. Only a few years ago, the cost was over $100 (Rs 4,500) per gallon. However, even the most optimistic predictions are that actually deriving jet fuel from algae on an economically sustainable scale and cost is a good decade away.
Fri July 16 2010 06:05:57 AM by Aathmika jet fuel  |  algae 2448 views

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  • Consolex11 wrote:
    Fri July 16 2010 10:12:55 AM

    nice feed ..but is it really the viability of producing algal fuels a Decade away! the way in exploitation of our natural fossil fuels is executed . the time period to switch over to alt. fuels couldn't be that far....As it goes "Need is mother of inventions"

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Fri July 16 2010 10:40:14 PM

    After cars were made and people started using them, it took the automobile industry 20 years to develop a proper wipers.
    So 10 years to resolve all these problems of
    strain selection, open pond or pbr, cultivation, extraction, etc ... is pretty fast.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Fri July 16 2010 10:40:30 PM

    After cars were made and people started using them, it took the automobile industry 20 years to develop a proper wipers.
    So 10 years to resolve all these problems of
    strain selection, open pond or pbr, cultivation, extraction, etc ... is pretty fast.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Fri July 16 2010 10:40:34 PM

    After cars were made and people started using them, it took the automobile industry 20 years to develop a proper wipers.
    So 10 years to resolve all these problems of
    strain selection, open pond or pbr, cultivation, extraction, etc ... is pretty fast.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Fri July 16 2010 10:40:41 PM

    After cars were made and people started using them, it took the automobile industry 20 years to develop a proper wipers.
    So 10 years to resolve all these problems of
    strain selection, open pond or pbr, cultivation, extraction, etc ... is pretty fast.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Fri July 16 2010 10:40:50 PM

    After cars were made and people started using them, it took the automobile industry 20 years to develop a proper wipers.
    So 10 years to resolve all these problems of
    strain selection, open pond or pbr, cultivation, extraction, etc ... is pretty fast.

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  • Veronica wrote:
    Sat July 17 2010 10:27:38 PM

    DARPA gaves us the internet. They could give us oil too.

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  • Mon July 19 2010 04:22:56 AM

    On 25 May 1961, President Kennedy told Congress that America would put a man on the moon within the decade. Through vision and resources and ingenuity it happened.

    Peak oil and global warming mean the world has to shift to algae biodiesel before 2020. With vision and resources and ingenuity we can shift to a sustainable energy economy in five years. This is more important than the moon shot. Sustainable energy is the basis of human global security. Algae is the only source of liquid fuel that can maintain economic activity on current projected scale. Large scale algae production is essential to stabilise the climate and sequester carbon, and can do so through a sustainable market based solution, as long as governments take a lead as they did with the moon landing and the internet.

    Kennedy speech: http://history.nasa.gov/moondec.html

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  • Eugenia wrote:
    Sun October 17 2010 10:55:53 PM

    Cranfield University researchers to investigate ways of harvesting algae commercially for jet fuel.

    Green is the future of aviation industry and we have already seen a handful of companies experimenting with different eco-friendly fuels. This time around, it is British Airways and Airbus, who are supporting a project at the UK?s Cranfield University to investigate ways of harvesting algae for jet fuel in commercial quantities.


    The project that started soon after the triennial conference of the International Civil Aviation Organization is not only looking for ways commercial production of algae, but also growing them close to airports to prevent the environmental cost of distributing fuel around the globe.


    Researchers at Cranfield claim that algae could be produced commercially in four years? time. Algae are said to be a better option than other biofuels because they do not compete with land for food production.

    This is not the first time that British Airways has taken a green initiative, earlier this year the aviation giant announced the establishment of a facility in east London to convert 500,000 tonnes of waste a year into 16 million gallons of jet fuel.

    http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/researchers-hope-to-produce-algae-in-commercial-quantities-within-four-years

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  • Sun September 23 2012 08:17:57 PM

    is this process is industrially accepted ?

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