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Peak Oil: Part II

peak oil: Part IIOr maybe I should call this “Peak Oil Propaganda”

In a “textbook” example of Peak Oil misdirection one gets the feeling they want us to  look in the wrong direction when it comes to energy, the Energy monopolies’ are really outdoing themselves. Biofuels Digest had an interesting article today.

In an article asking “When Will We Be Energy Independent?” they had this to say…

“The United States is beginning a domestic energy boom and could become a net energy exporter within the next two decades.”

So, in other words, let’s not expect the price of energy to come down for the next 20 years. You know, until we become a “Net Energy Exporter.” We just don’t have enough energy supply in the US to keep up with demand.


Wait a minute. By the Dept. Of Energy’s own charts, (last week) we have been a “net energy exporter” since 2008. But the prices haven’t come down. In fact, they have risen. Strange also, how the oil companies have been able to post record breaking profits for those same years. So either they haven’t bothered checking their own supplies, or their facts and figures come from fantasy-land.

They are completely whistling their own tune, with no fact-checking by anyone on the part of the media or government, and hoping no one notices. Do they really think we are that stupid?

What this article is also saying, reading between the lines, is that we (oil companies) won’t let renewables be competitive with petroleum for another 20 years, if then.

The mainstream media noticed this in 2011. In this article, according to USA Today, dated 2011, OUR TOP EXPORT was gasoline.

NEW YORK (AP) – For the first time, the top export of the United States, the world’s biggest gas guzzler, is — wait for it — fuel.

Measured in dollars, the nation is on pace this year to ship more gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel than any other single export, according to U.S. Census data going back to 1990. It will also be the first year in more than 60 that America has been a net exporter of these fuels.

Did you read that? MORE THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE EXPORT. Back in 2011 our TOP export was gasoline and fuel. Either we, as a nation, are a net exporter, or a net importer of oil. I didn’t realize (stupid me) that we could be BOTH at the same time. The same as I didn’t realize we could have a shortage of oil, and a glut of oil at the same time either.

Both of which, conveniently, (For oil companies) lead to rise in oil prices. Both of which throw the laws of supply and demand completely out the window. So either we’ll be a net energy exporter in 20 years, or we WERE a net energy exporter 2-3 years ago.

So which is it?

Now watch me as I pull a rabbit out of my hat. Just look over there…

Isn’t it about time someone told the truth, for a change?

PS…Keep in mind, I’m talking about the USA. But the oil companies are multi nationals. It applies to every single gallon of gasoline or fuel sold anywhere in the world. In Europe and Australia, prices are over $10/gallon and peak oil effects every other single aspect of our lives. From food production to health care. It is beyond obscene.


What Happened to “Peak Oil?”

peak oilThere hasn’t been much in the news lately about Algae biofuels. A couple of stories here and there but nothing really noteworthy. Instead, this week, it is more “commentary.”

Has any one but me noticed the blatant price fixing and market manipulation of fuel prices in the US lately? Didn’t they use to have anti-trust laws in this country to prevent that very thing?

Let’s zip back in time to 2007-2008. The real estate bubble burst and the housing market collapsed. This led to serious damage to the US (and world) economy.

At roughly the same time, we learn of that old villain “Peak Oil.” We’re running out of oil and doom and gloom is everywhere.

And the world goes nuts. Lions, tigers, and bears!

Gasoline prices shot up from $2 per gallon to $5 per gallon overnight, in many cases, much more. Not only that we didn’t have enough gasoline from domestic production to serve the needs of this country and we have to start importing gas. In short we went from an exporter of gasoline to an importer overnight.

Don’t believe me? Look at this chart from the US Energy Administration. September of 2007 we have the lowest gasoline exports in about 15 years. From that point on, the gasoline exports start a steep upward climb. In other words, not only did we have enough for domestic consumption, but we had a glut,and needed to export it to maintain the trade balance.

Now look at this chart. The average price of gas was $2.84 per gallon in 2007.  In 2012 the average price was $3.68. Almost a dollar a gallon increase in the price of gasoline.. And we all know of various location where gasoline hit $4-$5 per gallon. Even higher in some parts of the country. DURING THE SAME YEARS WE HAD A GLUT OF GASOLINE.

The Kansas City Star on June 17th. Reports  “The country as recently as 2008 was a net importer of 400,000 barrels of gasoline a day, more than 16 million gallons. That was enough to meet 4 percent of demand. But since then, imports have declined while exports climbed to a point that for the first three months of this year, the most recent period the information is available, it was a net exporter of gasoline.” The same with natural gas.

What happened to Peak Oil? Did it disappear? Where did  it go? Did someone hide it?

I find it interesting that just the moment that the world is running out of petroleum, we become a net exporter. I guess the Laws of Supply and Demand don’t apply to oil companies.

But here’s the biggest question of all: Why haven’t gasoline prices gone back down? When you have a glut of anything, prices should fall…not rise. Yet prices continue to rise.

I can’t come up with too many answers to that question except “Price-Fixing” and “Market Manipulation.”

So once again, (Remember he “Arab Oil Embargo” of the 1970’s?)  It appears the oil companies artificially created a shortage, when, in reality,  they had a glut, in order to drive the prices up…and keep them there.

I think they may have created a monster this time they won't be able to control. Algae biofuels is taking off, whether they like it or not. The global market outlook just recently reached 1 billion. Algae is on it's way to prime time. This will introduce 100's, if not 1000's of new players into the marketplace. Once algae biofuels and bio products become mainstream, the next logical step is localized production. If localized production becomes a fact, there will be very little need for multinational oil companies. They no longer will be able to collude together to create artificial shortages and manipulate the market.

It would only be fitting that the "Peak Oil" phantom they created, ends up devouring them.

Comments please.


Follow up to “My eBooks Suck”

First, I think a number of people misunderstood my last newsletter. So to clarify,

  • I'm not going out of business,
  • Nor will I stop writing books. (I couldn't if I wanted to. A labor of love is exactly that. I'd do it for free if I could.)

I was only considering not publishing digital books any longer.

You spoke, I listened. How about a compromise?

  1. First, I wanted to thank everyone who wrote in to me, both publicly and privately. Not only was it good hearing from you, but you also provided valuable feedback for me to evaluate my products with. I couldn't have done it without you. So again, thank you. I appreciate it.
  2. How about I publish MY BOOKS as paperbacks, and have the bonus material ONLY as a .pdf?
  3. That way, you still get instant information in .pdf format, but it also keeps my copyright secure.

I also wanted to share some of the feedback I received, since the comments didn't work in the beginning. Here are a few I received.

"Do not let the little people get you down.The people that whine to you are the same type who call Microsoft and complain because their cup holders, CD/DVD tray, has quit working. They are also the same people who want to give a copy to all their family and friends. Keep up the good work."


David, don't give up!!!! You've done an excellent job over the years promoting algae.  If people don't want to deal with the security that's their problem. Just let them know upfront that's a condition to buy. Hang in there! Maybe one day you can come down to Brazil and consult for me on a project here."

"I hope this is a publicity stunt because I didn't win crap! I ordered an ebook from you before and planned to order that $299 bundle next month.   I'm sorry for the any problems you may have encountered. You're position is totally justified and I'm sorry it didn't workout.  I don't think people realize the amount of  stress you're under with constant complaints of a bad product or accusations of you stealing their money can do to a person. I don't think a vast majority meant any harm (some did). The good news is you're stress free.  The bad news is my stress just went up.  I hope you change your mind or somehow make this available privately because I need the books!

 P.S. – You already know this. I've searched the web and you're the only one putting out great detailed information."


I am very truly sorry that you are leaving the business and like you it has been my experience that people in general are just damn lazy. I have all of your book samples and I was hoping to be able to start buying the e-books at some point. I also wanted to say that it is because of you that I am going to school and I want to work in alternative fuels as a business owner. With you leaving the business that will make it that much harder to get the books. When or if I am able to start my business I want to work in both Algae and Hydrogen I can thank you for that much. Again I am really sorry to see you leave the business."


"Just wanted you to know that I have enjoyed your books and your wit and your passion for several years.. You are a good man Charlie Brown.. keep up the good work.. the peanut gallery will always be there.. let them talk.. who cares..Maybe you are on the verge of some really great break through.. just had to move on from here..Let it shift.. all will be good."


"Generally. . . I agree E-books ( can suck ! ) are barely OK . . . And you can't curl up in bed with them and read . . . easily ) so I have read only bits and pieces of your algae books so far . . . technically you seem very convincing. Tell me more."


399px-Baby_yellingDid I get any negative emails? Yep, I got one. (A slow week…this one is pretty benign compared to some)

 (Drum roll please) And now for…

"The Email of the Week"

"I requested a long time ago sell it on cd you never did you lost. still tells me you are a fake."

(Actually, I did try selling it on CD, no one bought them. You snooze, you lose. )

Actually, this is kind of fun. Maybe I'll do an "Email of the Week" section in these newsletters when I receive them. I get some doozies.

OK, on to other business…

So here's this week's question: We are down to 2 choices

1.) Sell the main book as a paperback and having the bonus material in .pdf? 

2.) Keep things as they are and ignore the whiners and complainers.

Leave your comments below.

Algae Ethanol: Algenol Realizes 9,000 Gallons Per Acre

algae ethanolAlgae innovator Algenol currently at 50% over initial production goal – seeks to finish trial in 2013, and head for commercial-scale in 2014.

In Florida, Algenol proved that the organization had realized output levels 9,000 gallons of algae ethanol per acre annually – and business CEO Paul Woods said that ” I fully expect our talented scientific team to achieve sustained production rates above 10,000 by the end of this year.”

Only last September, in the beginning plenary session at the Algae Biomass Summit, Woods said that the organization, at its 4-acre, outdoor Process Development Unit in Lee County, Florida, had reached constant output of algae ethanol at the 7,000 gallon per acre rate.

That it was a large improvement over the company’s initial goal of 6,000 gpa, and had been obtained in open-air operation within typical working circumstances.

With the news, Woods verified that the business, right after finishing main engineering tasks at their built-in pilot scale biorefinery in 2012, has entirely changed focus to exhibiting the commercial practicality of Direct to Ethanol engineering at its pilot facility and determining sites for professional initiatives to start in 2014.

Woods added, “Our patented ‘Direct to Ethanol’ technology enables the production of algae ethanol for around $1.00 per gallon using sunlight, carbon dioxide and saltwater. The low production costs are achievable because ‘Direct to Ethanol’ technology produces high yields and relies on our patented photobioreactors and proprietary downstream techniques for the low-cost recovery and purification of ethanol.

“One ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) is converted into 160 gallons of ethanol, and 2 gallons of fresh water are produced for each gallon of ethanol in the ‘Direct to Ethanol’ process.

While preserving a principal focus on ethanol manufacturing, Woods revealed that Algenol had broadened its product profile to incorporate diesel and jet fuel from waste algae.  ”Algae Ethanol will be our main commercial product and jet and diesel will be integrated into our process over the next 2 years. We also continue to monitor opportunities to adapt our algae-based platform technology to produce valuable chemicals, such as propylene-based chemicals.”

The reports from Florida was the initial significant development in the Algenol story since last October, when it was disclosed that Reliance Industries Limited, the Indian petroleum, chemicals, telecom and manufacturing conglomerate, had put in a total of $116 million (Rs6.2 billion) in the algae space – with $93.5 million (Rs5.0 billion) heading to Algenol and 22.5 million (Rs1.2 billion) to Aurora Algae.

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The Algae Revolution Has Begun

Green Crude: EVEN MORE, Algae Biofuels Being Sold Commercially

I'm not sure if anyone remAlgae Gasolineembers, but I wrote a blog post, back in Oct. of 2012 about Sapphire Energy being the first to process "Green Crude" as a farm product.

I got a lot of flack from that particular post. (Lots of people write to me privately, but never say anything publicly) The Keyboard Commandos were saying it was "impossible" to farm algae as a crop, let alone use it for green crude. And it was "never" going to happen.

Never say never.

Well, Sapphire energy is back in the news again. This time announcing a commercial agreement and intention to sell crude oil from Sapphire Energy’s Green Crude Farm in Columbus, New Mexico to Tesoro.

“The Green Crude Farm recently reached a new milestone: continuous cultivation and crude oil production,” Sapphire Energy said in a prepared statement.  ”This begins the first step of a commercial relationship to process Green Crude oil from Sapphire’s future commercial facilities.” How much crude, and when. That is news that will unfold later.

Just what is Sapphire trying to tell us about its Eco-friendly Green Crude?

Sapphire Energy is presently creating oil every day from algae biomass grown and prepared in the Eco-friendly Crude Farm.  Oil extraction is accomplished by way of a patented technique for changing wet algae to oil, which in turn enables algae to become refined without turning to a timely pricey and costly drying out getting dehydrated stage.  Wet extraction technology for algae-based oil continues to be one among the biggest difficulties to commercialization.  Using this method, that may be the outcome of more than 4 years of study, development and area tests, the whole algae cell is presently utilized in oil generation, considerably growing yield.Additionally, the procedure is scalable, and it has shown to become effective having a number of algae strains.

In preliminary tests by Sapphire Energy, Eco-friendly Oil has been processed into on-spec ASTM 975 diesel fuel, showing its being compatible using the current system of pipelines, refineries and transportation models.  In the years ahead, the organization expects to increase output substantially to help broaden its commercial trial and start the mix over in the direction of commercial-scale output.

What the marketplace is saying about Sapphire’s Eco-friendly Crude

Certainly, Sapphire doesn’t have a practice of parading its technological know-how for the community to uncover. First, it is frequently a quick-changing experience in green crude – concepts fashionable 3 years ago have already been changed by many others – it's crucial that you consider Sapphire like a business in regards to a new trend instead of a procedure.

We should look for the smoke – which often  comes away grey, as opposed to a apparent black or white…then dissipates quickly.

Here’s what we should have seen within the chatter: a continuing flow of patent application activity from Sapphire concerning terpenes and catalytic cracking having a zeolite catalyst – employing pulse reactors, possibly on the fluidized catalytic cracking mattress, and fast reaction occasions.

The approach engineering? Catalytic cracking with pulse reactors has presented in a few use refining jatropha oils formerly – and was already based in the oil sector for cracking programs, like getting rid of bitumen from oil sands.

There is various conversations within the process of Sapphire employing a pyrolysis-like procedure – rather, we come across it starting to appear much like KiOR’s, specific as it can somewhat be on the catalytic method having a innovative approach designed around a FCC unit.

As Sapphire states – among its objectives is wet extraction – which often would be to condition, to steer clear of the power and/or cost-intensive “drying” step of totally getting rid of water in the algae or even the algae in the water – plus you've got an advantage, as Sapphire states, that “the entire algae cell has become utilized in oil production, greatly enhancing yield.”green Crude

“In under twelve months, Sapphire Energy has cranked up its commercial demonstration to develop algae has created oil from your farm and today with Tesoro as our first commercial customer, we’re supplying barrels in our oil to become refined for market use,” stated Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, Boss and chairman of Sapphire Energy.  “This moment is enormously essential for the because it validates the advantages and benefits of Eco-friendly Crude, and verifies its place like a market-viable, refiner-ready, renewable oil solution.”

“Tesoro is continuously searching at technology for creating renewable fuels.  We're pleased to become customer of factors Sapphire's Energy’s Eco-friendly Crude, which shows promise as a substitute fuel solution,” stated Joel Larkins, v . p . of Renewable Development at Tesoro.

The Algae Revolution Has Begun


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(France) Successfully Runs Vehicle on Algae Biodiesel

Libourne—Fermentalg, a commercial biotechnology organization that are experts producing chemical products from microalgae, is going to be introducing a manufacturing design automobile devoid of unique modifications that will works off algae biodiesel on Friday 7 December.

The demonstration to the media is going to be performed at the launching of Fermentalg’s brand-new factories in Libourne attended by President of the Aquitaine Regional Council and Deputy for Gironde to the French National Assembly, Alain Rousset.

Fermentalg has recently profitably made its initial liters of biodiesel.

The 3rd generation biofuel is in accordance with European Standard EN 142141 allowing its retailing in France, along with French federal government standard B72 meaning it is suitable for various other vehicles presently in supply and isn’t controlled by any kind of prohibitions.

Conformity with such specifications was confirmed by a Cofrac3-accredited petrol examination research laboratory.

The initial testing on Fermentalg’s biodiesel have been performed after November utilizing a French manufacture utility vehicle in the presence of a bailiff.

Microalgae-based biofuels may be an exceptionally encouraging 3rd generation answer that provide extremely high yields of lipids, have minimal implications for the natural environment and put virtually no burden on the food market.

In reality, microalgae selectively bred utilizing Fermentalg engineering feed off by-products from the food or chemical industrial sectors.

Generating these types of biofuels does not only lower the petrol expenses, but additionally decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

As stated by Pierre Calleja, founder and Chairman and CEO of Fermentalg: “Fermentalg has once again earned its place as a leader in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae and as a pioneer in Europe in the production of algae biofuels.

“The resounding success of our first steps in biodiesel confirms the enormous potential of microalgae in the production of 3rd generation biofuels.”

From Mind-Bending To Mind-Blowing: Biofuel Stories of 2012

Sometimes the biofuels world is just truly bizarre. At other times, it’s too cool for words. The biofuels stories which cross my desk sometimes seem like they belong in a science fiction novel, at others like they should be in a horror movie. For example, in 2009 we had the Beverely Hills plastic surgeon who wanted to turn human fat into biodiesel.

Looking at the last year in retrospect, here are a few highlights from 2012:

From the “Teacher Tinkering With algae, Discovers Secret” Dept: we have; a 10th. grade teacher spies some algae in Yellowstone National Park and scoops some up to try and grow algae biofuels. Along with it, he scoops up a fungus as well. He then discovers the fungus likes feeding on the algae, getting in the way of growing the algae. Curious, he dries it out and finds it “oozes oil.” Further research finds that the secreted oil is perfect for biofuels, taking algae based biofuels in a totally new direction…or is it? Fungus biofuels, anyone?

algae architectureFrom the “It’s Just Too Cool For Words” Dept: If some of the talented designers at The Algae Competion had their way,  at Marina City in Chicago, you can expect to see buildings are covered with photosynthetic skins and vertical gardens, collecting the sun’s energy from the outside and producing food and energy for urban citizens on the inside. They want to  green desert coastlines and produce food for millions of people. They want to create algae building systems that recycle polluting wastes into high value animal food, fuel and biofertilizers.  If building with algae ever catches on, and I think it will, this is a whole new world in architecture.

From The “It Sounds Like Science Fiction” Dept: Engineering Magnetic Algae. Conversion of algae to biofuels requires dewatering before extracting usable products—a daunting task since the mass of water in a growth pond exceeds that of the algae by 999 to one. Recently, LANL physicists and bioscientists genetically engineered magnetic algae to investigate a novel harvesting method: pulling algae from the water with a magnet.

From the “Coolest Home Grown Design” Dept: The Skylight Harvest algae production system.We have another entry from The Algae Competition, from Lauren Benstead. Utilizes rooftop space incorporating solar panels, rainwater recycling, filtration station, fold-out drying screens, and a small pump system that agitates the growing algae. Highly adaptable due to its size and structural design, and offers the benefits of algaculture to everyone, everywhere. I expect to see more and more of in-house, as well as small scale designs in 2013.

From the “Brightest Kid On The Block” Dept: We have Josh Wolf. Josh is a 10th grade student at Elk River High School. He devised a way, using recycled parts, of basically creating a new type of bioreactor. Using Red, Blue and Green LED’s and utilizing alga’s night cycle, an ingenious method of enhancing algae growth. In addition, he designed a low cost solar drying method as well as completely solar open pond design.

For 2012, the algae world exploded with new designs,  new technologies, new strains, new uses, and best of all, new ideas. What 2012 has taught us is that there is seemingly no end to the uses we can employ algae in. Governments, multinational oil companies, airlines, the Navy, small business, and most of all, talented people all over the world have jumped on the algae train. And this, is just the beginning. Hold on, 2013 is going to be an even better ride.

The Algae Revolution Has Begun



Algae Bio Crude in One Minute

One Minute Algae Bio CrudeANN ARBOR-It appears as if Mother Nature Herself was wasting her own valuable time by using a multimillion-year program to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering scientists have the ability to “pressure-cook” algae as little as 1 minute, as well as transform an unmatched 65 % of the actual physical eco-friendly slime to produce biocrude.

“We’re trying to mimic the process in nature that forms crude oil with marine organisms,” said Phil Savage, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor, as well as a teacher of chemical engineering with the University of Michigan.

The precise breakthrough discoveries is going to be introduced Nov. 1st, during the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

Savage’s ocean-going organism chosen will be the green sea micro-alga from the genus Nannochloropsis.

To create their own one-minute biocrude, Savage and Julia Faeth, a doctorate undergraduate in Savage’s research laboratory, filled metallic pipe connector utilizing 1.5 milliliters of moist algae, capped the unit and plunged it directly into 1,100-degree Fahrenheit soft sand. The small volume of mass revealed how come the algae became incredibly hot all through, however with merely a minute as a way to warm, the algae’s temperature level should have simply touched the 550-degree level, before they drew the reactor out.

Before, Savage together with his team, heated the algae during cycles beginning with Ten minutes to as much as 90 minutes. They witnessed their best results with roughly 50 % of the algae changed into biocrude, while operating it within a 10 to 40 minute span at 570 degrees.

What makes the one-minute conclusions  a whole lot better? Savage and Faeth are not probably going to be positive till after they perform further study, nevertheless they have a couple of ideas.

“My guess is that the reactions that produce biocrude are actually much faster than previously thought,” Savage professed.

Faeth demonstrates the super fast warming up could very well boost the biocrude by maintaining unwanted reactions in check.

“For example, the biocrude might decompose into substances that dissolve in water, and the fast heating rates might discourage that reaction,” Faeth claimed.

The team points out the reality that smaller reaction time intervals indicate the reactors doesn’t have to be so large.

“By reducing the reactor volume, the cost of building a biocrude production plant also decreases,” Faeth stated, but both she and Savage suggested they can’t announce beyond doubt if the the newest method is faster as well as less costly till the technique is more totally developed.

Present conventional producers of algae-based fuel initially dry the algae, and then eliminate the organic oil. Nevertheless over $20 per gallon, this type of petrol is not even close the gas pump.

“Companies know that that approach is not economical, so they are looking at approaches for using wet algae, as are we,” Savage declared.

One advantage using the wet method is that it not just cleans away the actual fat from the algae, it also isolates proteins and carbohydrates. The one minute method achieved this so efficiently that the oil held about 90 % of the energy source in the original algae.

“That result is near the upper bound of what is possible,” Savage stated.

Before biocrude being supplied into the existing refinery method for petroleum, it will require pre-refining to eliminate the extra oxygen and nitrogen atoms which often thrive in living things. The Savage research laboratory similarly is on its way with enhanced processes for this kind of cycle of biofuel development, and a few months ago smashing the track record getting a biocrude which was 97 % carbon and hydrogen. A study regarding this work is currently under examination.

As soon as producing biofuel utilizing algae is cost-effective, research professionals estimate that an area as large as New Mexico could create enough oil equivalent to modern day U.S. petroleum consumption. In addition balanced with corn produced for the objective of ethanol-which presently realizes 50 percent that area-the algae would not need to take up top quality farmland, cultivating in brackish waters as a substitute.

Speaking of the “pressure cooker” method of oil extraction, you can details of the entire “home grown” technique in “Making Algae Biofuels at Home” below.

“Building Open Ponds” Second Edition about to be Released


The second edition of “building Open Ponds is about to be released. If you’d like a “sneak preview” and a hefty discount when this book goes live, click the book or this link right here.

UPDATE: This book is in the final stages of approval. Amazon has agreed to publish the paperback. We added almost 300 pages of new material making this the most in-depth book available.


The Algae Revolution Has Begun

Algae Biorefinery in Saudi Arabia

Algae Biorefinery in Saudi ArabiaYou know you might be on to something profitable in micro-farming when even the country with the largest oil reserves sees reasons to invest its dollars in algae infrastructure.

Even if you sit on top of the world’s largest deposits of petroleum, algae still has it’s advantages. Saudi Arabia is now jumping into building localized algae biorefineries.

In an article published today in Ecomena, the intended goal is to build a “Saudi Arabia Biorefinery from Algae” (SABA Project) to screen for lipid hyper-producers species in Saudi Arabia coastal waters.”

The article goes on to say “These species will be the basis for next-generation algal biofuel production. The goal of this project is to increase research and training in microalgae-based biofuel production as well algal biomass with an additional goal of using a biorefinery approach that could strongly enhance Saudi Arabia economy, society and environment within the next 10 years.”

Think about that for a minute.

If the Saudi’s are making a concentrated effort to find, build, and tap into the vast resources offered by algae bio refineries, what does this say to the rest of the world?

The primary Plan

The primary mission of the SABA project is to develop the Algae Based Biorefinery – According to their website” ABB biotechnology putting into operation innovative, sustainable, and commercially viable solutions for green chemistry, energy, bio-products, water conservation, and CO2 abatement. Microalgae are known sources of high-value biochemicals such as vitamins, carotenoids, pigments and anti-oxidants. Moreover, they can be feedstocks of bulk biochemicals like protein and carbohydrates that can be used in the manufacture of feed and food.”

The strategic plan

Is for SABA project is based on  already ongoing Research, Technology Development & Demonstration (RTD&D)  using of microalgae biomass production and downstream extraction in a unique way, e.g. together with biomass production with wastewater bioremediation or extracting different metabolites from the produced biomass (numerous fatty acids, proteins, bioactive compounds etc.). This approach including algal biology, genetic engineering and technologies for algae cultivation, harvesting, and intermediate and final products extraction is critical for the successful conversion of the developed technologies into profitable industries.

Why is this interesting?

A number of reasons. One, Saudi Arabia certainly isn’t lacking in petroleum resources. Yet, they still feel to need to be aggressively pursuing algae biofuels. Second, notice they are pursuing secondary products as ambitiously as biofuels. Third, if you click on the graphic, it will enlarge. Notice the scale of production. They are planning on having up to 5000 acres under production in the near future. They’re aren’t fooling around.

The Saudi’s are pouring money, research, and gearing up for massive production of algae biofuels as well as other related products and benefits. It makes you ponder what they know. One wonders if perhaps they have been overstating their oil reserves. Or are they simply preparing for the future…today?

The Algae Revolution Has Begun

“Building Open Ponds” Second Edition about to be Released

building open ponds second edition


The second edition of “building Open Ponds is about to be released. If you’d like a “sneak preview” and a hefty discount when this book goes live, click the book or this link right here.


Algae Biodiesel is Available at Gas Stations in California

There’s been a lot of talk lately that algae based biofuels are too expensive and that it could never compete with petroleum. So it came as a shock to find out that this month gas stations in California will be selling algae based diesel to the public. So how much? $100 a gallon? $33 dollars a gallon?

Nope. Same price as regular diesel.

Propel Fuels announced today it is teaming up with Solazyme, Inc and kicking off a month long pilot program bring algae derived biofuels to gas pumps in California. This marks the first time in history that algae based fuels will be available to the public.

Solazyme is rolling out it’s algae based biodiesel in a big way. It is proving once and for all the algae revolution is upon us. “Solazyme’s high quality algae-based SoladieselBD meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications and has shown performance enhancements including cold temperature operating performance. The fuel is compatible with existing diesel engines and the fuel’s performance is guaranteed by Propel. The fuel will be sold at the same price as conventional diesel fuels and will be available exclusively at Propel’s Clean Fuel Points in Redwood City, San Jose (N. First St.), Berkeley, and Oakland.”

“Solazyme’s high quality algae-based SoladieselBD meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications and has shown performance enhancements including cold temperature operating performance. The fuel is compatible with existing diesel engines and the fuel’s performance is guaranteed by Propel. The fuel will be sold at the same price as conventional diesel fuels and will be available exclusively at Propel’s Clean Fuel Points in Redwood City, San Jose (N. First St.), Berkeley, and Oakland.”

Not only that, it is as green as it gets. Testing undertaken by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that, in a 20% blend, SoladieselBD significantly outperforms ultra-low sulfur diesel in total hydrocarbons (THC), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter tailpipe emissions. This includes an approximate 30% reduction in particulates, a 20% reduction in CO and an approximate 10% reduction in THC.

Their website went on to say “Solazyme’s revolutionary algae-based technology platform has supplied our development partners and customers with advanced biofuels that meet or exceed some of the world’s most stringent fuels specifications and requirements, “ said Bob Ames, VP of Fuels, Solazyme.  “We’ve successfully demonstrated our land-based fuels in fleet vehicles and corporate buses, and are excited about this pilot program with Propel because it enables us to make these fuels available to the public.”

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