An interesting 3D reproduction of an algae sewage treatment plant.
An interesting 3D reproduction of an algae sewage treatment plant.
This is an interesting video from AlgaeTec outlining their commercial process. AlgaeTec is one of the leading pioneers in algae production on the commercial scale. So it bears watching what they are doing and perfecting.
We live in a world where there is a big deficit between the needs and the existing supply of fossil based fuels. It seems that the human race has an insatiable desire for energy and depends too heavily on petroleum based fuels. The problem is, these fossil based fuels are quickly depleting and we are in for some hard times ahead if we don’t find another alternative to replace the natural resources we have ferociously mined during the last few decade.
The biodiesel industry has been steadily expanding the past few years. Much of this growth has been attributed to the unstable foreign supply, plus the possible linkage of the countries of production to the rising acts of terrorism worldwide. Escalating oil prices and the emission of harmful gaseous substances create the need for a safer and more reliable source of renewable energy has been growing at an even more alarming rate than before.
There are plenty of plants that are used as biodiesel materials right now which are causing another state of alarm among those in food industry-the possibility of rising high food prices due to the increasing demand form the biodiesel industry for raw materials. This would cause suffering for people from poor countries to starve from lack of food supply or lack of nutrients from having to go for food that are affordable but contains less nutrition.
So where do we turn to for a great source of biodiesel energy? What about the lowly algae? They are rich in natural oil and possess the ability to grow in places where food crops won’t grow at all due to weather constraint and lack of resources.
Advantages of Algae to Biofuel
Algae to biodiesel has been widely discusses among expert in the petroleum industry and conservationist who are looking for a more reliable and safer source of energy that is both renewable and easy to attain. Algae Biofuel or fuels that are created from plant sources helps keep the environment clean from harmful emissions as opposed for the burning of fossil as fuels that can seriously harm the environment.
Aside from keeping the Earth clean and free form pollution, these biodiesel fuels help to utilize a resource that is available in abundance just waiting to be harnessed and exploited. It takes away the dependence on foreign imports of fossil fuels which are fast depleting. Until the Earth is ready for a more natural source of endless energy such as wind, solar and hydro energy, algae seems to be a very viable alternative.
While there is nothing we can do to stop those big oil companies from importing foreign oil, there is a proactive move you can take to help alleviate this problem. You can start with your own biodiesel production right at home. In fact, the best source of raw material for biodiesel would be the lowly algae colony as these are extremely easy to grow and some can even double their mass within 24 hours!
Perhaps the hype surrounding algae fuel has been too much for most people to believe that humble algae holds the key to solve man’s impending problem of depleting fuel resources. But believe it or not, these lowly organisms possess more lipid or oil with high energy content storeed within them. In fact, more than 50% of its mass is lipid which makes it perfect as raw material for the production of biodiesel.
However, all is not rosy colored for these unicellular plants to be classified as the ultimate savior for the growing energy problem that is plaguing us today. However, in the quest to find a more viable alternative source of energy in a world where natural resources are quickly drying up, algae fuel seems to be a very exciting possibility.
But we need to separate the myth from the fact if we want to succeed in the search for the real solution to end our energy crisis. Algae fuel is not a quick fix approach, neither is it the ultimate solution.
There needs to be more research done to find the best way to extract lipid from these tiny plants. But nevertheless, the future looks promising for these tiny organisms.
Algae biodiesel offers a new window of opportunity for those looking to find a more cost effective and reliable way to produce energy on an ongoing basis.
Algae thrive extremely well where there are three important ingredients crucial for its survival-
Carbon dioxide and,
Basically this means that the algae will survive any place on Earth as long as there is water and sunlight. It thrives extremely well in hot and humid areas, which makes it the perfect blend to prosper in the hot and tropical areas of the world. But these algae colonies do well in other areas too. In fact, people have been cultivating algae fuel in their own backyard as a means to gain inexpensive DIY algae biodiesel.
Algae are a great source for biodiesel fuel. Today there are not many DIY algae biodiesel guides around which would help you learn how to make your on biodiesel by growing algae.
But gaining knowledge from someone else's experience is crucial before attempting this project. Getting a proper guide which would explain in detail and help you create a real solid plan to turn these lipids from algae into biodiesel is essential.
You need the right information to make it work. In fact, creating biodiesel no matter what the raw material you are using, demands careful planning and skillful execution to produce the results you want.
It is as much art as science. It makes sense to get the right information which would help you get right into action and make the algae fuel into a success.
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Hello David. I trust you are well. Your project is definately a labor of love. I have spent about 3+ hrs reading. looks like an 8 hr read to get all the details. I would again thank you for your work, easy reading, to the point, well organized.
Algae biodiesel looks all set to be the next wave of revolution to hit the energy industry. As the race to produce the best and costliest biodiesel as an alternative for petroleum based products, biodiesel seems to be a very promising alternative to replenish these depleting sources of energy through a renewable and sustainable alternative energy source. Scientists are scouring the country and devoting endless hour to find the most feasible solution to end the world dependence on fossil based fuels. So are the algae ready to take on the responsibility to be the savoir of mankind’s economy?
Let’s take a close look at the algae itself. Algae to biodiesel may seem like a very exciting option but there are some basic thins you need to know about algae to biodiesel before jump onto the bandwagon.
Algae is a colony of micro sized plants that are either unicellular or in some strains, they are multicellular as well. Cells are the basic building blocks to both the animal and the pant kingdom and so you can guess how simplistic these microbes are. Even scientist are reluctant to classify these as plants ad the lack the necessary attributes that is common to all embers of the plant kingdom they don’t have branches, leaves and they don’t have the roots to help hem gather nutrient from the soil. Instead these tiny microbe acts more like animals; they directly suck in nutrients form the environment through their cellular membranes or simple tentacles that would gather sources for food around them. And they turn those carbon dioxides into carbohydrates but using the power of sunlight! That is the process of photosynthesis. Since these tiny algae can produce food through the process of photosynthesis, many scientists would classify them safely as plans. Even when they don’t have the full attributes of be classified as one.
But scientists discover more about these lowly algae that causes a stir of excitement among the scientific community. They not only contain some of the best nutrients around but they have a high content of lipid oils which makes it perfect as an excellent source of lipid oils, which makes it perfect as a raw material in the production of biodiesel.
The large biomass of algae that is prevalent in many lakes an aquatic area has prompted scientists to explore the possibilities of using these as a source of biofuel energy. However, the harvesting and processing of these algae to be turned into biodiesel involves some complex methodologies and advanced technologies. However, the future looks bright for these algae as a reliable source due to their extremely high production of biodiesel per acres, which is more than 30 times then other biodiesel plants out there known to man.
Algae grow rapidly without the need for extra resources to care for them. These amazing plants can grow in place where there is water, sunlight and carbon dioxide. So basically, they can grow in any place on Earth! And interestingly enough, some species of algae can double their mass within 24 hours! Amazing indeed but this is one attribute of the algae species which makes it viable as an alternative for fossil based fuels.
Almost all algae species can be used as a raw material for biofuel. Some species are more attractive than others due to their high lipid content and rapid expansion of their colony. Even wastewater can be turned into farms to cultivate these algae. In fact, scientists have extracted biodiesel fuel from algae that is grown in sewage areas.
There has been growing concerns over the rising cost of fuel in the last decade. In the past few years we have seen how the world has scoured to find an alternative for the fossil based fuels to replace the depleting source of these natural resources found deep within the earth. We look into various way how energy can be harnessed which would eliminate the dependence on foreign import of oil from faraway lands. When much of our energy resource is placed on the hands of foreign bodies, this leaves us vulnerable to the threat of price manipulation due to political and economic interests
So how do we solve this problem, we have? It is easy. We need to look into a more reliable source of alternative energy that would reduce our dependence on those fossil based fuels.
Scientists have turned to various sources as a possible solution to end the dependence on fossil based energy. Among the most coveted and raved about sources for the production of biodiesel is the lowly algae. Algae into biodiesel have been creating waves of revolution around the work and the interest in these algae biodiesel technologies is growing daily. Let’s look at why algae are way better than gasoline.
While this issue remains debatable, we all know how the world is bombarded with the issue of rising oil prices. As people search for more cost effective solution for our energy needs, the lowly algae seems to be the most viable choice. It’s available for free if you care to cultivate it and it can expand very rapidly in mass. Some algae species can double its mass within a day, making it perfect for daily harvest to be turned into biodiesel.
When algae oil is burnt, the only emissions you get are mostly carbon dioxide. There are very minimal of other gaseous if any at all. It produces a much cleaner air to breathe for all of us to live in.
Yes, as soon as these algae to biodiesel is produced in massive quantities and the technology has reached the point where the maximum amount of fuel can be garnered from these microbes using less chemical extraction processes, the oil would be very cost efficient.
Renewable Source of Energy
Algae biodiesel is an excellent source of renewable energy. Unlike those form fossil based fuels, algae biodiesel can be made as soonest the supplies are used up. They are easily created by expanding the algae colony and pressing them again for oil.
Green the Earth
Using algae biodiesel helps to green the earth. We know that algae does a great job of cleaning the air off carbon dioxide and turning it into food. It also cleans up wastage from humans and turns it into lipids or oil which can be used as fuel.
There are just a few reasons why algae biodiesel is better than gasoline. Probably the best news is you can create algae biodiesel right in your own home.
The buoy tender Henry Blake made its rounds of navigation aids on Puget Sound Thursday powered with fuel partly made from algae.
It fueled up Wednesday at its home port in Everett with a 50-50 blend of diesel and algae oil as the Coast Guard’s first ship to test biofuel, officials said.
An excellent explanation of the algae to biofuel process.
The Biofuels Digest had an excellent article today on the most common myths found in biofuels. From the “food vs. fuel” debate to algae biofuels. It seems a lot of people, politicians, and special interest groups especially, have a hard time separating fact from fantasy. This article does a great job of answering the question. Read the full article here.
Here you’re going to find a plethora of algae biofuels research papers under a variety of topics. Some of these reports are tough going and hard reading. In fact, most of them are. I make no apologies for that. As I’ve said in other places, this is the frontier of algae biofuels. If you want to understand the full scope of algae biofuels and dig into the details, this page is for you. If you want the reports condensed and boiled down into to a language the “rest of us” understand, you’ll need to buy my books. I’ll be adding to this section more and more as time goes on. It is my hope that this will be the finest free online research library available anywhere.
The links are all good as I write this (June. 2012) if you find one that is broken, let me know and I’ll fix it. Please don’t say “A link on that page is broken” I need to know WHAT link is broken.
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Algae Oil Extraction
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Algae for organic fertilizer
Algae for Animal Feed