[quote="Howard"]I whole heartedly support the Open Source concept. To date, the notion of making oil from algae has been a mix of voodoo, promise and hype. It is either a valid concept or it is not.
I'll use Origin Oil as an example. Here is a link to the News section of their website:http://www.originoil.com/originoil/news.html
The most recent bit of news mentions lab results that suggest production of as much as 20 grams dry matter algae per liter in a 24 to 36 hour period might be possible. Without knowing what the volume of oil produced by a gram of dry matter algae is, that makes it a tough nut to crack as far as projecting production by area, which if you follow the Origin Oil process, may be a meaningless number anyway. Their vision is of a modular "bio-reactor", not unlike a town water plant or brewery. Without seeing a scaled up model, it's impossible to say if it works or what the cost per unit of production is or might be. They have not said so I'm left to guess. Such is the nature of the beast.
The nature of this beast is the limited information provided represents the work product of a for profit publicly traded corporation, more interested in developing the technology to sell than it is in producing oil from algae. The value here is the intellectual rights in the form of patents, etc. That seems to be the goal of almost all of the companies working on oil from algae. Selling information, not oil. They disclose just enough information to attract investors, but to not divulge anything of real value that could be used by a competitor. As such, there is a trust (and in some cases...lack of trust) factor on the part of the investors. Such a landscape is ripe for frauds and ripoffs and there are those out there running the the true innovators. All of them offer promise and hype, but where are the results?
An Open Source process would go a long way towards informing and educating the public to cut down on the scams and allow industry observers to really follow legitimate development from a knowledge based perspective. Let's call them an informed truth squad. I'm all for it!
OILGAE is the best hope for this that I'm currently aware of. Lacking a government effort on par with the Manhatten Project, I know of no other way of doing it. Perhaps a small core of dedicated "algae geeks" can begin putting together an online "body of knowledge"....a living document of knowledge that comes from documented successes and failures of the industry. I'd certainly support government funding of such an effort, taken in part from the Federal Fuel Tax. My guess is that 10 really dedicated individuals working on a budget of $1 to $2 million per year could do wonders.[/quote]
I i think the 2 million is good enough if they use wisely..good luck guys..
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