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Here's How You Can Quickly and Easily Build A Raceway Pond and Start Growing Algae Immediately Anytime, Anywhere, For Biofuels, Animal Feed, Or Organic Fertilizer...
Without Paying a Fortune.

Who Would Benefit From This Book?

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  • Farmers
  • Ranchers
  • Bio fuel researchers
  • Organic gardeners
  • Health food enthusiasts
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Teachers
  • Students
  • Survivalists
  • Preppers

Once again, David Sieg has composed and excellent guide, this time focusing on open ponds for growing algae, whether for fuel, food, animal feed, fertilizer, or even cosmetics. He covers the range from home use to large-scale commercial systems, from a distributed and survival perspective; yet practical enough for modern implementation -- a hallmark of true sustainable principles.

We'll be consulting this guide in the Safe Haven Villages (.org) intention community I'm involved with. In a day when central authority is growing more tenuous, the ability to do things in a distributed model is growing increasingly vital; and it just makes more sense from a seventh-generation sustainability point of view, while still being profitable in today's economy.

In fact you might consider this as a career that will not only survive the downturn, but help you and many others make it through the worst of times to come; all while pioneering a future industry.

Sterling D. Allan, CEO, New Energy Congress,
Pure Energy Systems Network
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Why should you invest in this report?

  • Written for the layman, or non-technical person.
  • The report highlights different, inexpensive methods of building open ponds having a focus on bio fuels and bio-energy.
  • It provides extensive details on every aspect of building open ponds
  • It presents numerous examples of what the pioneers in the field are doing in the algae energy domain.
  • It showcases methods of building low-cost open ponds at home.
  • It highlights ways to build commercial open ponds economically.
  • It lists places to buy materials and parts,
  • It provides current and future research areas in algae energy domain.
  • It provides extensive knowledge on commercial open ponds...what works, and what doesn't.
  • It provides commercial research, enabling students, teachers, and researchers to quickly and easily get up to speed.
  • It provides details for alternative algae products not just biodiesel - from algae.

Hi David,
Yes it does make sense and is very clear. I am a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering specialized in chemical and biochemical reactors, I have over 400 papers, 4 patents and 4 books...I like your simple books to the ordinary person
Prof.Dr.Said Elnashaie
New Mexico Tech. University,

Partial Table of Contents

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Book One: About Algae and Open Ponds

  • What can we do with algae?
    • The bio fuels perspective
    • Bio Fertilizers
      • Algae Fertilizers
    • Health Food Supplements
    • Animal Feed.
    • Organic Fertilizer
    • Cosmetics
  • Open Pond Overview
  • Where to Grow Algae
  • The Open Pond Design Concept
  • What you’re Going to Need
  • How Big Should My Pond Be?
  • Open Pond Shapes
    • Round
    • Oblong (Raceway)
    • Closed
    • Bubble Covered
  • “Down and Dirty” Open ponds at Home
  • Site Considerations
  • Soil Conditions
  • Designing an Effective Open Pond
    • Small Pond Systems

David really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to biodiesel. And his new book “Building Open Ponds” shows it... it’s 277 pages jam packed with tons of great information from growing algae in an old bathtub to large scale algae farms. Great details and pictures to make it as easy as pie even for the novice. David really goes the whole nine yards when he writes a book!

Bill Anderson

Book Two: The “Down and Dirty” Guide to Building Open Ponds at Home

  • Wading pools
  • Old bathtubs
  • Plastic Totes
  • Animal Troughs
  • Building a plastic tote “Open Pond.”
    • Parts list
  • Building Open ponds at Home
    • Design notes

Book Three: Commercial Open Ponds.

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  • Commercial Open Pond Design Concepts
  • What You’re Going To Need

· Helpful knowledge in the physiology and biochemistry of algae

· The basic flow, size and mechanics of your algal pond

· Up scaling Algae Cultures.

· The Chemical composition for your algal pond

o pH Values

o Aeration and Mixing Of Algae

o Temperature of the Pond

o Salinity

  • Pond Linings and Ratings
  • Water Chemistry
  • Co2 or the Carbonization of your pond
  • Nutrient Recycle
  • Nutrient Loss
  • Contamination
  • The Paddle Wheel or Airlift System
    • What is it? Why is it needed?

o Use Paddle-wheels for the Following reasons

  • Some of the disadvantages of paddle wheels are:
  • Things you will need to consider for your paddle wheel:
  • Designing your paddlewheel
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  • Harvesting The Algae
    • Micro-straining
    • Belt Filtration
    • Settling Ponds
  • Power
    • Algae
    • Solar
    • Wind
    • Human
    • Bicycle
  • Open Pond Costs
    • Front end costs
    • Back end costs
    • Labor
I can't say enough about the quality information you have presented here and the fact that I can visualize making any one of the systems from the information you have given me in the book is a powerful motivator.
Howard Bankston
About the Author

In 1995, as one of the first Americans to reenter Vietnam after diplomatic relations were restored, David Sieg, while teaching at a university, started making biofuels, then later, algae biodiesel.

With the oil embargo still in effect, Mr. Sieg used his knowledge of biofuels to run the university generators to get lights and air conditioning. Seeing how many people could benefit, he later opened a algae bio fuels consulting business in Vietnam, and Thailand.

In 2008, knowing the secretive nature of the algae biodiesel industry and the lack of real world info, he created to share his knowledge. Here you'll find real world applications, "How-To" knowledge you won't find anywhere else.

Other sites might tell you WHAT to do, but none of them tell you HOW to do it. We do.


Building Open Ponds: What You’ll Get

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What People are Saying...

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"It will be our bible...

I have been an constant follower of your ideas, papers and designs and there is no doubt of your worldwide mastery about biofuels. I am a Colombian researcher dedicated to participate in the Colombian project for production of biodiesel from native microalgae…. It will be as our Bible on those topics really urgent and necessary for the future welfare of the humanity. Thanks in advance.

Oscar Medina

Director of the Chemistry Department

University of Technology of Columbia

Marc Stevens ( Web Design Media )
algae girl

Nice layout, easy to read...

David, just read through your book on algal biodiesel. Nice layout, easy to read with emphasis on building from local materials and good optimism. We may use some of these ideas for our engineering senior design course this year on biofuels production. Thanks.

Terry H. Walker
Professor of Biosystems Engineering

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"I learned more from your eBook than spending $6000...

“Dear David, I have learned more from your e-book than spending $6,000 going to the Algae World 2009 Conference in Rotterdam. Do you have the same manual for Jatropha? Many thanks,

Jim Riorden

Perpetual Prosperity Pumps Foundation


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