MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby rudthemighty » Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:03 pm

I am a grad student doing an Environmental Impact Assessment on Biodiesel from Algae.

Please help me by listing companies that are currently doing major full scale projects of biodiesel generation from algae.
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Re: MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby Howard » Thu Aug 21, 2008 6:47 pm

There are several companies that are reported to be doing research into commercial production of fuels from algae. How many have actually ramped up to commercial production is a good question. Most seem to be doing research into production systems and are more concerned with perfecting processes and obtaining patents than actually putting it to use. But for a list, try these:

http://www.greenstarusa.com/

http://www.valcent.net/s/Home.asp

http://www.petrosuninc.com/

http://www.originoil.com/originoil/originoil-home.html

A google search 3 months ago on "biodiesel algae" came up with several references to these companies and others, but most of the information was one or two years(!!!!) out of date. A current search shows new links that are current to Spring and Summer 08. What I have been able to find is still long on "potential" and short on actual production data and bone fide success stories.

On the flip side, to the person or company who figures this out, the financial implications are staggering. There may be a very good reason to keep one's cards close to the vest....a balance between enough information to attract investors and letting the cat out of the bag. But at the same time, there are skeptics. Is the lack of information a desire to protect trade secrets, or is the trade secret the knowledge that this isn't going to work?
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Re: MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby cacofonix » Thu Aug 21, 2008 7:59 pm

@ rud

We have a list at Oilgae too: http://www.oilgae.com/ref/cap/oilgae/su ... anies.html

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Re: MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby chennai102 » Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:09 am

The list at oilgae.com is more complete.
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Re: MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby chennai102 » Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:15 am

[quote="rudthemighty"]I am a grad student doing an Environmental Impact Assessment on Biodiesel from Algae.

Please help me by listing companies that are currently doing major full scale projects of biodiesel generation from algae.[/quote]

Rudthemightly

I am interested in knowing
a. What are you specialising in your grad studies ?
b. Are there other students who are doing similar studies on bio fuel ?
c. Are u doing this impact study company by company ? Do they allow you to do it ?
d. When are u completing the study ? And can we have the benefit of reading the findings of your study?
e. May we know who your guide is ?
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Re: MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby Vegiecars » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:47 am

Hi All. I operate a business in Australia that converts Diesel vehicles to operate on straight vegetable oil. I see a great future for algae oil in this country, and we are currently in the process of setting up community owned cooperative refuelling stations for biological fuels. I see a future where these co-operatives will not only be distributing fuel, but also manufacturing from crops such as Jatropha and Algae.

I'm particularly interested in systems that are using waste water such as grey and black water for the production of oil algae. The area where I live is an established area in the hills, and every house has a septic system that is decaying or broken requiring replacement. We are no longer able to replace them with septic systems and instead have to install a waste treatment plant that consumes vast amounts of energy to process our human waste that could be used to produce fuel for heating or transport via algae oil.

I am looking for a product or business or community enterprise that are working on an algae oil based waste treatment plant that is small scale for the house or small community. I am hopeful that thee will be something underway that we can tap into as I believe there is a huge market available for such a product.

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Postby Simon » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:00 pm

Hi Everyone.
I'm a French student in a business school and my project consist in registering each Australian business that use microalgae or seaweed in their production,
I hope they are numerous.
Thanks for answering as quick as possible.

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Re: MICROALGAE BIODIESEL COMPANIES

Postby daywalker20 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:58 am

Talking about the algae with most aquarists reminds me of the sixties definition of "weeds", "Plants that we have yet to find a useful purpose for". Algae do have their place. They've been here for at least a billion years; and due to their ability to occupy almost all niches are going to be here way past our time.


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