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“first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil”-researcher

A  study scheduled for presentation  at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will show “the first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil,”according to lead researcher Ben Wen, Ph.D., vice president of UnitedEnvironment and Energy LLC, Horseheads, N.Y quoted in Science Daily. The key is that this is a solid catalyst […]

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PetroSun pays catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert ponds to algae

uploaded from pacres on flickr. PetroSun is paying catfish farmers in Mississippi to convert their ponds to algae production. Here’s the deal, according to Terri Chiang, an authorized agent for PetroSun BioFuels “initially, we have arranged for the landowner to receive $50 per water acre signed into the program as a sign-up, one-time payment. Additionally, the […]

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Algae biofuels at around $33/gal

A piece on Greentech Media puts the cost of biofuels from algae at around $33/gal(US). That leaves plenty of room for process/growth/yield optimisation then. 

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Algae to biofuel: vertigrow’s view

It would only take 10% of the surface area of the state of New Mexico to meet the US energy needs if it were devoted to algae production according Val Kurtz, ceo Valcent Products, speaking in this video.   Thanks to Hugh Baker

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Nexant Chem Systems looks at algae for biofuels

Nexant ChemSystems, a petrochemical consulting firm, is setting up a multi-client study into algae for biofuels. It will be thorough.

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Greenshift wins algae grant

Green shift gets grant from Montana state to develop algae, according to Greenshift. Good to see algae getting some traction so early in the year, but there’s a long way to go yet. 

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The good, the bad, the ugly 2008/2009

The best piece of work on Biofuels 2008? For me that was the The Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production. If you’re a serious player in this market, you should read that report. Worst technology to make biofuels: Fermentation from corn. It reduces the size of the corn crop, creates carbon dioxide […]

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A Short Essay on Biofuels and Related Matters

This is a guest post from Professor David B. Benson (retired), who is a regular commenter on The Big Biofuels Blog.David’s contact details: dbenson@eecs.wsu.edu Biofuel——-  Photosynthesis uses only a very small fraction of the available sunlight.  This means that growing biomass to make biofuels will require considerable land (and water) resources.  Even so, these are […]

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Taking the long view

There’s a piece about algae-based biofuel firm Sapphire Energy on Xeconomy, it’s talking about the way that plunging oil prices require alternative fuel start-ups to take a long view. I guess that more realistic valuations of biofuel companies and a shake out of some of the more highly leveraged and more recent entrants into the […]

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Solix plans algae biofuel plant in Colorado

Solix is planning to build a carbon-dioxide to biofuels plant in Colorado. It’s going to use carbon dioxide which is pumped to the Texas oil fields to help extract oil and use water that comes out of a methane bed in the South Ute reservation. The story is buried in the middle of a pile […]

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