• 4 minutes Will We Ever See 100$+ OIL?
  • 8 minutes Iran downs US drone. No military response . . Just Destroy their economy. Can Senator Kerry be tried for aiding enemy ?
  • 11 minutes Energy Outlook for Renewables. Pie in the sky or real?
  • 34 mins Shale Oil will it self destruct?
  • 1 day NYT: Mass Immigration Roundups in U.S. to Start Sunday
  • 2 hours White House insider who predicted Iran False Flag, David Goldberg found dead in his New York apartment
  • 7 hours Germany exits coal: A model for Asia?
  • 1 hour Excellent Choice: Germany's Von der Leyen Secures Powerful EU Executive Top Job
  • 3 hours Migration From Eastern Europe Raises German Population To Record High
  • 20 hours Carrot And Stick: North Korea Suggests It Might Lift Weapons Test moratorium
  • 17 hours South Korea imports No Oil From Iran in June - First-Half Imports Fall 37%
  • 4 hours Starlink Internet Courtesy of Tesla
  • 8 hours A Silence is heard
  • 13 hours Washington Post hit piece attacking oil, Christians and Trump
  • 2 days U.S.- Taiwan: China Says Will Freeze Out U.S. Companies That Sell Arms To Taiwan
  • 21 hours Trump vs. Xi Trade Battle, Running Commentary from Conservative Tree House
Alt Text

Bioscience Breakthrough Turns Plant Waste Into Gasoline

Bioscience engineers have been making…

Al Fin

Al Fin

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

More Info

Premium Content

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




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage


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
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play