• 3 minutes Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 7 minutes Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 12 minutes Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 5 hours Oil prices going Up? NO!
  • 14 hours Renewables to generate 50% of worldwide electricity by 2050 (BNEF report)
  • 14 hours Reuters: OPEC Ministers Agree In Principle On 1 Million Barrels Per Day Nominal Output Increase
  • 19 hours Oil prices going down
  • 37 mins Saudi Arabia turns to solar
  • 22 hours Could oil demand collapse rapidly? Yup, sure could.
  • 2 days Oil Buyers Club
  • 2 days Could Venezuela become a net oil importer?
  • 6 hours Are Electric Vehicles Really Better For The Environment?
  • 12 hours China’s Plastic Waste Ban Will Leave 111 Million Tons of Trash With Nowhere To Go
  • 2 days Gazprom Exports to EU Hit Record
  • 6 hours Kenya Eyes 200+ Oil Wells
  • 21 hours Battle for Oil Port: East Libya Forces In Full Control At Ras Lanuf
  • 2 days Russia's Energy Minister says Oil Prices Balanced at $75, so Wants to Increase OPEC + Russia Oil by 1.5 mbpd
  • 20 hours Tesla Closing a Dozen Solar Facilities in Nine States
  • 12 hours OPEC soap opera daily update
Alt Text

Bioplastics Threaten Big Oil

Global oil demand is set…

Alt Text

Is Cactus Gas The Future Of Biofuel?

A Mexican green energy startup,…

Alt Text

Is The U.S. Ethanol Industry Under Siege?

Last week, Iowa Senator Chuck…

Al Fin

Al Fin

Al Fin runs a number of very successful blogs that cover, energy, technology, news and politics.

More Info

Trending Discussions

Algae is the Next Big Thing in Biofuels

The Earth is 70% covered by salt water. It makes sense to utilise the saltwater marine environment to produce feedstocks for fuels, chemicals, plastics, and other materials.
Biofuels from algae grown in seawater are the only fossil fuel alternative that doesn't compromise food and freshwater supplies, believes Yusuf Chisti. Algae are an increasingly popular potential feedstock for biofuels, but the Massey University, New Zealand, scientist says that currently used techniques won't provide fuel in the quantities needed. _IOP

Algae, says Mayfield, is going to be the next big agricultural crop. The only difference is algae grows on water, whereas traditional ag crops grow on land.

Today, researchers across the country are studying algae to produce fuel and feed and maybe even some day fiber, and Mayfield told me during an interview as part of a San Diego Algae Tour, that what we’re looking for in algae is exactly what they worry about in ag.

There are four things that Mayfield and his team are focusing on in their algae research: growth rate, the product being made, crop protection and harvestability. For example, when his team is growing algae, they need it to grow fast, produce a high amount of lipids, be free of disease, and be harvested as cheaply as possible. _DF

Both micro-algae and macro-algae will be most useful for their biomass in the early stages of algal fuels and chemicals. Using pyrolysis, gasification, fermentation, and catalytic synthesis, industrial chemists will be able to turn algal biomass into fuels, chemicals, plastics, and a wide range of other valuable materials which would otherwise be made from fossil fuel sources.

While fossil fuel sources are far more plentiful than generally acknowledged, biomass crops such as algal forms can be grown at will over most of the world's surface -- including the oceans. This ability to locate and scale one's feedstock source -- and to replenish it year after year -- is an advantage which has not yet been figured into the economic picture.

By. Al Fin




Back to homepage

Trending Discussions


Leave a comment
  • Anonymous on October 19 2010 said:
    You may want to check out the National Algae Association's Algae Production Incubator - a new algae farming cooperative.

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News