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Algae breif feasibility study 7

This week was quite cognitiv for all our creative group.
We were all trying to answer the question - how alagae can be cost effective (even in case of 100% solar energy convertion for middle latitudes). Energy biomasss - no doubt it's technology of future but nowadays we are not so limited in energy resources.
Energy algae will be cost effecive in case when the price of fuel will include not only cost of oil production and transportation but also potential greenhouse pollution.
Till that time we should find another aplication for algae.
Biodiesel also dead- end branch of alternative fuels evolution.
Two realy cost effective ways of application - use for waste water treatment and obtaining of valuable components which are secondary metabolites of algae.
What about waste water treatment we found it cost effective even for low rates of insolation. Such strains as chlorella and botryococcus as we found can grow very well of animal litter sterilized extracts and biogas digestion resude (this substrates contain enough of biogenic for algae growth). Bectreial treatment can provide the degradation of organics to inorganic complexes for algae thus we can provide full water purification via algae complexes.
Thu July 29 2010 04:26:37 PM by Onish 1995 views

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Thu July 29 2010 11:13:58 PM

    Thanks Onish. Nice post.
    As you rightly pointed out the economics of algae will come about after the regime of Carbon tax at high levels or after the supply and demand of fossil fuels diverge considerably.
    They say that algae as a fuel is a viable proposition if a barrel sells for $ 100.

    I am surprised at this. Currently it sells for $ 80. Its time for making algae biofuel at $ 100.
    After all it is carbon nuetral and there will be many buyers at 25 % higher cost.

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  • Duncan wrote:
    Thu July 29 2010 11:17:53 PM

    Your company's idea seems interesting. Using the poultry waste. Can u tell more ?

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  • Emily wrote:
    Fri July 30 2010 02:08:24 AM

    I agree with Onish. If you add carbon tax to all the pollutants, fuel from algae will be viable.
    Carbon tax is not very far off.
    As manoharrr says oil is already $ 80 per barrel.
    So, why wait ?

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  • Aayush wrote:
    Tue August 03 2010 05:45:21 AM

    The idea is interesting but can there be coupling i.e. can waste water treatment specific algae also satisfy all norms for obtaining valuable components which are secondary metabolites of algae.

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  • FatAlgae wrote:
    Sat August 14 2010 11:49:31 PM

    You might want to contact the National Algae Association. They have financial models for algae production in the US.

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  • Rolivier79 wrote:
    Wed August 18 2010 01:33:14 PM

    Have you seen this paper? It's old but i think it address what you are talking about.

    Removal of Nitrate buy an algal system


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