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Algae biofuel gets Inadequate Funding

  Historically Algae biofuel research has been under funded  Algae biofuels does not receive adequate federal funds says Sapphire Energy VP..
  A couple of companies like PetroAlgae and Solazyme have taken the IPO route but this too seems premature and has not had the expected response.  Remember reading Shankar's blog on thishttp://www.oilgae.com/club/users/Shankar/blogs/tags/IPOs   

 What could be the reason for this?  One reason could be that algae research  is difficult to classify, has yet to find its niche department.

Is it a plant -  Does it come under the Department of agriculture  or Is it a fuel, regulated by Department of  EnergyorAs algae fuel is being used by the defense does it come under the jurisdiction of Department of Defense.    The government needs to do much more. 
Wed August 25 2010 08:50:10 AM by Aathmika 2 Algae biofuel  |  Sapphire

Nano Bio technology in Algae Growth

 Two researchers use   nano biotechnology to manipulate light particles to accelerate algae growth.  Sureshkumar and Wani of Syracuze University have designed a new bioreactor; with the help of nano bio technology the bioreactor selectively  scatters the blue light in such a manner as to enhance algae growth.   To read more about this path breaking invention log on to http://www.physorg.com/news201887220.html
Wed August 25 2010 08:11:37 AM by Aathmika 4 Syracuze University  |  bioreactor  |  algae

Flowcam - where do we get this

Where do we get this in India


How much does i tcost?
Tue August 24 2010 03:03:40 PM by Aathmika FlowCAM

Building a new PBR @ Shredder

Shredder said just a few hours ago that he plants to build a PBR.
I just remembered this


Hope it is useful to Shredder
Tue August 24 2010 01:29:55 AM by Aathmika 3 PBR

Lighting up rural India, naturally !

Will not algae growth give stability to the supply of feedstock if one is talking of bio mass gassification for rural electrification.
After all only algae has the ability to grow realy fast.

It is time some of us talk to Prof PJ Paul of ABETS

I wonder this is under dept of Aero space engg !!

Village electrification

The technology for biomass gasification is reasonably matured and can be utilised for electrification of villages. There are several advantages of this route for village electrification. Some of them are listed below:
Biomass is available almost everywhere or can be grown. The fuel can be locally collected.

Power will be available on demand at any time of the day or year. The device can be used for 24 hours continuously or for limited period per day. Different capacities from a few k ilowatts to Megawatt scale gasifiers are available. The power generated can be used for multiple applications like lighting, drinking and irrigation water supply, small scale industries, etc. Since the device can be used at any time of the day, service can be conveniently sequenced. The investment costs are not very high.

Production cost of power from gasifier systems range from 2.5 /kWh to 5 /kWh depending on capacity utilisation, biomass cost etc. The challenges of biomass based electricity include availability of entrepreneurs/ trained manpower to run such systems, managing the operation, maintenance and trouble-shooting, non availability of personnel for servicing and spares, distribution of electricity in case of micro grids, tariff setting, billing and collection, cost-benefits (given the regime of subsidised tariff from grid), etc.

Prof. PJ Paul is Chief Programme Executives, ABETS, Dept of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Fri August 20 2010 03:12:39 AM by Aathmika 4 abets  |  Prof pj paul  |  algae

4th Annual Algae Biomass Summit

The 4th annual Algae Biomass Summit will be held at the JW Marriott in Phoenix, AZ, September 28 ? 30th, 2010.

Fri August 20 2010 02:53:02 AM by Aathmika algae biomass summit

Bio Jet Fuel-Who will be the Supplier?

Thailand is likely to become the South East Asia hub for jet biofuel by 2012.
Average annual jet fuel demand in Thailand is about 4 billion litres. To meet the demand for biofuel to mix in with jet fuel, the country needs to expand the area of palm oil plantations or turn to other fuel crops such as algae or sweet sorghum.

The Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department. has provided financial support to universities for research into making biofuel from algae and sweet sorghum. PTT has its own research and development department and a laboratory for aviation biofuel.

Biofuel from algae may be the best choice since suitable areas for palm tree plantation are limited.
Thu August 19 2010 08:33:11 AM by Aathmika jet fuel  |  thailand  |  bangkok  |  green fuel

Micro algae key to viable Bio Fuel

Professor Rene Wijffels and Dr Maria Barbosa of Wageningen UR in their perspective article An Outlook on Microalgal Biofuels in "Science" state that within 10 to 15 years, it will be technically possible to produce sustainable and economically viable biodiesel from micro-algae on a large scale. Technological innovations during this period should extend the scale of production by a factor of three, while at the same time reducing production costs by 90%.
n their article in Science (published 13 August), they provide a detailed explanation of the route that needs to be taken.
Their idea is to produce microscopically small algae in bulk in large-scale installations, They feel Europe should be able to become independent of fossil fuels in a sustainable way
Over the course of their article, the authors offer glimpses of how the algae industry could become feasible. Genetic engineering might yield more productive algae. Better design principles in algae fuel farms (stacking reactor units, for instance, for economical use of light) could squeeze out further efficiency. And replacing centrifugation with lower-cost harvesting methods could further improve the downstream economics. The article shows that with some design creativity, an aggressive research program, and the mindset of a relentless accountant, some 15 years labor could finally make a reality of that decades-old dream: sprawling fields of productive green goo.
Mon August 16 2010 07:47:15 AM by Aathmika 1 Maria Barbosa  |  Rene Wijffels  |  microalgae

Algal Blooms find a Market

Some effort can change misfortune to a profitable venture.We have heard differently abled people achieving great things against all odds, well the Chinese have found a gold mine in those horrible algal blooms.
Those algal blooms that have blotted waterscapes around China and almost sabotaged the 2008 Olympics may soon have a useful purpose -- fibers for high-tech fabrics.
A Chinese company is aiming to mass produce the fabrics that could be used in protective clothing worn by firefighters and medical personnel as early as next year, a company spokesperson said Friday.
A factory has been built in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, with a designed annual production capacity of 1,000 tonnes of fiber made from alginate, a chemical salt extracted from algae.
Mon August 16 2010 07:40:35 AM by Aathmika algal blooms  |  china  |  alginate  |  fiber

Algae-vegan's Omega-3

Algae is in great demand in the nutraceuticals market as it is rich in omega-3 now universally accepted as a valuable nutritional supplement.
However the demand for omega-3 has not grown considerably. A recent study by Frost & Sullivan could give us the reason for this.
Two of the biggest challenges still facing omega-3 acceptance in the United States are a lack of clear knowledge of its benefits and a perception that it brings a bad taste to food products, according to Frost & Sullivan.
These point to an urgent need for more efforts in taste R&D and consumer education in order to maximize uptake of the ingredient, which otherwise remains one of the most sought-after nutraceuticals, said the market researcher.
The level of awareness is expected to increase with the widening application profile of algal omega.
The vegetarian aware and vegan omega 3 consumer will now be able to afford the the same omega-3 health benefits and opportunities previously enjoyed only from animal-oils by now using algae oil.
If you are drinking milk alternatives, consider soy drinks that include flax seed products or DHA from algae oil.
Fri August 13 2010 09:56:08 AM by Aathmika 1 omega-3  |  DHA  |  algae