; charset=UTF-8" /> Are we in the right track ? Is fermentation the way to go? | Oilgae Blog

Comprehensive Algae Fuels Report

A detailed report on all aspects of the algae fuel value chain, the Comprehensive Oilgae Report will be of immense help to those who are on the threshold of investing in algae biofuels. More »

Algae-based Wastewater Treatment

Compiled by a diverse team of experts, with experience in scientific and industrial fields, the Comprehensive Report for Wastewater Treatment Using Algae is the first report that provides in-depth analysis and insights on this important field. It uses innumerable data and information from a wide variety of expert sources and market studies, and distills these inputs and data into intelligence and a roadmap that you can use. More »

Comprehensive Guide for Algae-based Carbon Capture

A Comprehensive Guide for Entrepreneurs and Businesses Who Wish to get a Basic Understanding of the Business Opportunities and Industry Dynamics of the Algae-based CO2. More ››

Comprehensive Report on Attractive Algae Product Opportunities

The report provides an overview of the wide range of non-fuel applications of algae – both current and future prospects. It will provide entrepreneurs with an idea of how to derive more benefits from their algal energy ventures. The report provides detailed case studies, success stories and factoids of companies that have been involved in the algae products venture More »

Comprehensive Castor Oil Report

There is no other comprehensive report available for castor oil anywhere in the world. This is the first of its kind, and currently, the only one. More ››

Bioplastics Market & Strategy Advisor

Bioplastics Market & Strategy Advisor, published by the Bioplastics Guide, is a unique guiding framework for businesses and entrepreneurs to chart a way forward provides a critical analysis of the status, opportunities & trends of the global bioplastics sector. More ››

Algae-Useful Substances





Other Novel Applications

Talk to us

Email: consult@eai.in


Call Narsi 7358263274

займ на карту ночью

Are we in the right track ? Is fermentation the way to go?

August 24th, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted in Algae-Cultivation-Biofuel

After Solazyme’s delivery of 1500 gallons of oil to the US navy,many companies in the US have started pursuing the fermentation route- “the dark fermentation route” to produce biofuels. In fact, one thing what I noticed with Solazyme is the fact that they are not only trying to produce biofuels,  but are also trying other high-value products. So when such a option is considered, the fermentation route might be the way to go.  However, many scientists claim that this wont work and this doesn’t capture the carbon-dioxide from the air as its carbon source from the sugars.

As you might be all aware that fermentation  is a biochemical process wherein sugar acts as a carbon-source, instead of sunlight and carbon- dioxide. The fermentation technology is about a century old and it’s a well –established technique. Interestingly, growing algae in the absence of light is a far more simplified  process . Research studies and some algae- company  data reveals claim that algae grown in the dark can reach densities that are 1,000 times higher than strains of photo-autotrophic algae that are grown in the light.  In short, one concentrated tank of heterotrophic algae is equivalent to growing 1000 tanks of photo-autotrophic algae.

Now here are the advantages of fermentation over photosynthesis:

Access to a wide variety of biomass feedstock such as sugar cane, sugar cane waste (bagasse), energy grass, woodchips or other cellulosic material which can be produced at scale and in high yield.

Ability to tailor the product for a variety of diesel and aviation-fuel needs.

Reduced exposure to fluctuations in the price of vegetable oils.

Biodiesel produced from sustainable feedstock via the fermentation of sugars will offer the potential to deliver greenhouse gas emissions reductions of up to 80-90% when compared to conventional fossil fuel.

Fermentation technology is a century old and is well-established. Hence, existing infrastructure ( large fermentation vats, biorefineries) will help a great deal in making this process viable.  As per Solazyme ‘s and a few other companys  claims this is the best route to puruse.

Leave a Reply 3503 views, 1 so far today | | posted by
Follow Discussion

One Response to “Are we in the right track ? Is fermentation the way to go?”


  1. Solazyme has got another Funding Partner - Oilgae Blog  

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Hot Algae Products (Click to know more)
Omega 3 Spirulina Astaxanthin Chlorella

Get in Touch

Send us a message to know more on how oilgae.com can help your organization.