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Nano Bio technology in Algae Growth Posted by Aathmika on Wed August 25 2010 08:11:37 AM 4

 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

Tax Concessions for Biofuels Posted by Aathmika on Tue August 03 2010 10:24:31 AM 1

Algal Biomass Organisation and its sister concerns have for long asked tax concessions favoring second generation bio fuels.
Subsequently a legislation has been introduced that would make algae and other second-generation biofuels eligible for cellulosic biofuels production tax credit and create optional investment tax credit.
This can help second-generation advanced biofuel projects make the crucial step to commercializing innovative technologies.
It will help improve the economy by creating jobs in the algae, advanced and cellulosic biofuels sectors.This is a much-needed boost by Congress

Bio Crude in Demand Posted by Aathmika on Fri July 30 2010 10:12:26 AM 1

I read recently of OriginOil shipping its technology Quantum Fracturing to MBD Energy Limited of Australia.This I think is one of its early customers fetching it revenue in the algae scene.
Now I read of a Korean company wanting to buy bio crude from Petro Algae.
Korean renewable energy developer, Eco-Frontier has signed a non-binding offtake agreement to purchase biocrude produced through Florida-based PetroAlgae's micro-crop technology.
The agreement that the two companies signed means that Eco-Frontier is willing to establish a market in Korea and other areas for biocrude produced by the PetroAlgae system.

Algae is the Holy Grail of Hydrogen Economy Posted by Aathmika on Fri July 30 2010 10:09:49 AM 2

OriginOil, a Los Angeles based algae oil technology company, issued a press release stating that they had developed a Hydrogen Harvester that cheaply collects hydrogen molecules given off by algae.

This announcement could prove significant for both the hydrogen and algae fuel sectors.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been looking at various techniques to stimulate hydrogen production in algae. However, up until this point, most of these methods were in some way detrimental to the health of algal cell.

OriginOil's process, on the other hand, does not seem to harm the algae. In fact, their process allows the algae to produce oil, biomass, AND hydrogen simultaneously.

This breakthrough offers the potential to leapfrog both the hydrogen and algae industries forward. With OriginOil being an algae technology company and not an actual algae producer, whatever technology they create will be available to market to the industry as a whole.

Therefore, a discovery like this has the potential to be benefit not just one company, but the entire algae biofuel industry.

Cleaner Skies Posted by Aathmika on Thu July 22 2010 02:08:10 PM

Commercial airlines may derive 1 percent of their fuel by 2015 from biofuels made of plants including algae, Boeing Co.?s environment chief said.

Carriers including British Airways Plc and Continental Airlines Inc. are testing the carbon-cutting alternative fuels as the global air industry accelerates efforts to slash greenhouse-gases blamed for global warming.

Algae in the Arctic Posted by Aathmika on Tue July 20 2010 03:02:44 AM 1

An interesting look at Algae growth in Arctic conditions.

Algal Fuel Posted by Aathmika on Tue July 20 2010 02:58:14 AM

I see algal fuel making inroads in US military.
Solazyme?s algal fuel technology will help the DoD reduce its carbon footprint, minimize reliance on foreign oil, combat global climate change and pioneer the development of clean and renewable energy sources for national energy security.
Solazyme, Inc. is helping the U.S. military move closer to powering its planes, ships, tanks and trucks on renewable fuel and has delivered of 1,500 gallons of 100% algae-based jet fuel for the U.S. Navy?s testing and certification program. The U.S. Navy has previously announced the objective to operate at least 50% of its fleet on clean, renewable fuel by 2020, and the delivery fulfills a contract awarded to Solazyme by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in September 2009.

Algae Jet Fuel to cost $1 per gallon Posted by Aathmika on Fri July 16 2010 06:05:57 AM 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.

Algae Fuel and Carbon Sink Posted by Aathmika on Fri July 16 2010 04:36:12 AM 2

I find it heartening to find biofuel playing an important part in the US military.
I see it not only as an alternative fuel but also as a carbon sink

The US military could use Algae, vegetable oil and animal fat to power its aircraft with the aim of reducing 20 billion dollars in fuel costs.

The US Navy was planning to have every aircraft and all escort ships powered by a 50-50 mix of standard jet fuel and biofuel by 2016.
Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, the head of the Navy?s Task Force Energy said he planned to use the equivalent of eight million barrels of biofuel by 2020.

He also said that Algae is another alternative oil source with potential.

?The beauty with algae is that you can grow it anywhere and to grow it needs to absorb carbon dioxide, so it?s not only a very effective fuel, in theory it?s also a carbon sink. That?s a pretty good deal,? said Alan Shaffer, the Pentagon?s principal deputy director of defense research and engineering. (ANI)