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Algal Fuel

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.
Tue July 20 2010 02:58:14 AM by Aathmika algae  |  US military

ExxonMobil is on Track

I was wondering a short while ago how far Craig Venter had moved in algae fuel. Saw some news in Real Time Market.
ExxonMobil Algae Fuel Venture moves from lab to greenhouse in Southern California.
The experiment between ExxonMobil and Craig Venter?s Synthetic Genomics seems to be going ?right on track?.
Although the choice of production method seems far away ,they have decided to use sunlight and not artificial light for growth of algae
Fri July 16 2010 06:09:46 AM by Aathmika 2 algae fuel  |  exxon  |  synthetic genomics

Algae Jet Fuel to cost $1 per gallon

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.
Fri July 16 2010 06:05:57 AM by Aathmika 14 jet fuel  |  algae

Algae Fuel and Carbon Sink

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)
Fri July 16 2010 04:36:12 AM by Aathmika 2 algae