The report provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding on:
- Complete list of energy products from algae
- What the leading players are doing
- Costs and investments required for the various products and processes
- How to plan the next steps for your algae fuel venture
- Various cultivation and harvesting methods
- Trends in external financing for algae projects
Why should you know about algae fuels?
- You will be exploring the only biofuel that can completely replace fossil fuels
- You will be learning more on a feedstock that has the potential to revolutionize the world of energy
- You will have an early mover advantage as the industry is just about to take off
Why are algae so exciting from a renewable energy standpoint?
- The yields of oil and fuels from algae are much higher (10-100 times) than competing energy crops
- Algae can grow practically anywhere, thus ensuring that there is no competition with food crops.
- Algae are excellent bioremediation agents - they have the potential to absorb massive amounts of CO2 and can play an important role in sewage and wastewater treatment.
- Algae are the only feedstock that have the potential to completely replace world's consumption of transportation fuels.
- Algae are already being used in a wide variety of industries and applications, and many newer applications are being discovered. Such a wide range of end-uses enable companies to produce both fuels and non-fuel products from the same algae feedstock
The Comprehensive Algae Fuels Report is a must-read for the following
- Entrepreneurs planning to start a venture in the algal energy domain in specific and biofuels/bioenergy in general
- Venture capital, finance & investment companies exploring investments in this domain
- Companies in algae-related industries or businesses with synergistic operations exploring oil from algae ventures
- Research community having a focus on biofuels and bio-energy
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- It helps you understand all aspects of the algae energy domain and provides you key insights which will be invaluable in planning your venture.
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The report comprises
- Inputs and updates on process and methods of algae cultivation in different environmental conditions such as desert, waste water, sewage, next to power plants, and in marine and fresh water environments.
- Comprehensive coverage of all possible fuel products from algae, and their respective production process and technologies
- Detailed cost inputs for cultivation, harvest and fuel production from algae
- Numerous case studies and examples of what the pioneers are doing in this domain
- Profiles and information on over a hundred companies and commercial efforts in this domain
- Extensive details on the university and research efforts in this domain
- Comprehensive details of venture capital and financing opportunities
- Over a hundred research insights on new methodologies, perspectives and experiments on how best to derive energy from algae.
The report is divided into five sections
|Concepts and Cultivation
||This section provides information on strain selection, cultivation, photobioreactors and harvesting|
|Energy Products from Algae
|| This section provides information on producing the following fuels/ products - biodiesel, ethanol, methane, hydrogen, algae meal and other hydrocarbon fuels|
|Processes & Challenges
|| This section provides inputs on growing algae in a variety of environments such as: open ponds/ closed ponds/ photobioreactors, sewage and waste water, desert, marine and salt water, fresh water and next to CO2 emitting industries
|Industry & Market Information
|| This section provides information on cost of making fuels from algae, companies in this industry and their profiles, industry profile and company strategies, venture funding and non fuel applications of algae
||This section provides resources on algae fuel related apex bodies, organizations, universities, and culture collection centres|
Fuel from algae represents a market that is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
|Biofuels Potentials in 2014 (billion gallons)|
Assumption: One gallon of oil = $3
|Total Oil Consumption in 2014
|Total Projected Supply by Traditional Biofuels
Total Ethanol Production in 2014
Total Biodiesel Production in 2014
|Share of Traditional Biofuels in Total Oil Consumption
|Projected Market Size for Traditional Biofuels
||$ 123 billion|
From the above table, it is clear that even by 2014, less than 3% of total fossil fuels will be replaced by biofuels from traditional sources. Even this small % represents a market size of over $100 billion. Algae have the potential to replace a much larger percentage of fossil transportation fuel than can traditional feedstock. This implies that fuel from algae represents a market that is worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
This report has a special focus on certain unique areas in algae energy which are known to have huge commercial benefits. Owing to their in-depth understanding of the algae fuels industry with its various aspects and dimensions, the team of researchers of Oilgae continuously make important research efforts into emerging topics in algae fuels, and how businesses around the world can benefit from these topics.
Some of the topics that are of emerging interest in the context of algae fuels are provided below:
Macro Vs Micro
Which type of algae? - Microalgae have high oil content but are difficult to cultivate and harvest in a cost-efficient manner. Macroalgae, on the other hand, present low-cost cultivation and harvesting possibilities, but most species are low in lipids - it is however possible to derive biofuels from macroalgae using cellulosic fermentation methods, gasification or anaerobic digestion. Thus, both micro and macroalgae are potential feedstock for biofuels. Which route should be followed, and why?
Waste Water Treatment
Algae are well-known bioremediation agents, especially good at removing nutrients and toxins from waste and sewage water. Can this fact be used by tens of thousands of companies around the world to choose-effectively treat wastewater while at the same time produce biofuels?
Power Plant CO2 Capture
Thousands of CO2 emitting power plants and industries face a costly problem - reduce your CO2 emissions or pay penalties. What if these companies and power plants could use algae to absorb the CO2 and generate biofuels in return? This is precisely what companies and power plants around the world are beginning to explore.
Other Emerging Products from Algae
Making products from algae is not exactly new. For decades algae have been used to make a variety of products - from nutraceuticals, to pigments to organic fertilizers. Today, companies are able to produce many more high end products from algae. Is it then possible for algae fuel companies to synergistically produce both fuels and non-fuel products thereby increasing their profits and prospects?
Variety of Fuels and Processes
While biodiesel is the most obvious fuel that can be considered from algae (owing to the large oil content of microalgae), it is but one of the products that are possible. Others include ethanol, methane, hydrogen, biogasoline and the algal biomass itself which can be used as a feedstock of combustion. What are the processes and pathways for each of these end-products? What are the costs and benefits of each of these products and processes?
Latest Efforts in Cost-effective Photobioreactors
Growing microalgae in photobioreactors results in high algae productivity, and consequently results in higher oil yields for the same area. However, photobioreactors are much more expensive than open ponds. What then are the current efforts in photobioreactor design that can lead to lower-cost and high-productivity photobioreactors? Which are the companies that are leading the efforts in this domain? What are the likely future trends in photobioreactors?
List of Potential Industries
As a result of the wide range of applications and end uses of algae, a number of industries could derive synergistic benefits from the algae energy industry. For these industries, cultivating algae could mean that they are able to add value to their existing business while at the same time producing biofuels.
If your business belongs to one or more of the following sectors, algae fuels could prove to be an attractive business opportunity for you.
A list of these industries and inputs on the synergistic benefits that can be derived are provided below.
Sewage & Water Treatment Companies
- Algae can be used as for bio-remediation, especially in the secondary stage of water treatment. Thus, there are two benefits. Waste water gets purified, and we get fuel feedstock in the process.
Agriculture & Farming
- The industries listed below can use algae for the secondary stage of wastewater treatment
- Meat and Poultry
- Pulp and Paper, and Produce (i.e., Fruits & Vegetable)
- Textiles Dyeing
- Metal Finishing
- Dyes & Pigments
- Food & Dairy
- Starch & Cellulose
- Pesticides & Insecticides
Companies Producing Animal Waste
- Traditional crops – If farming companies grow algae for biodiesel, they can use the de-oiled algae extract as bio-fertilizer.
- Algae farms – Existing algae farms can grow algae for fuel in addition to the end-product markets for which they are already cultivating algae.
- Many companies that produce large quantities of animal waste use the waste in digesters to produce methane, which in turn is used as a heating fuel. Using large quantities of methane gives out CO2 which can be used to grow algae. Algae can also grow in the liquid effluents released from the anaerobic digesters. The additional benefit these companies get is that they can use the de-oiled algae meal as animal feed.
Algae-based Products Manufacturers
- Industries that emit large amounts of CO2 during their operations can use algae for CO2 Capture. They thus get two benefits: They are able to sequester CO2 cost-effectively, and they get a fuel feedstock.
- Coal Burning and Natural Gas Power Plants
- Iron & Steel
- Carbon Black
- Inorganic Chemicals
- Many industries that use algae use primarily the protein component of the algae. For these companies, algae fuel in the form of biodiesel presents an interesting opportunity: these companies can extract the oil (lipid) from algae for biodiesel and can use the deoiled algae cake rich in proteins for their products. For those industries that use the lipids in algae, they can consider using the left-over biomass for producing fuels such as ethanol or other hydrocarbons.
Industries that currently use algae for their products are:
- Biopolymers & Bioplastics
- Human Food & Food Supplements
- Animal & Fish Feed - Shrimp feed, Shellfish Diet, Marine Fish Larvae Cultivation
- Paints, Dyes and Colorants
- Food & Nutraceuticals