Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

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    Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year



    Company cultivates algae to make fuel

    Glen Kertz thinks algae-filled plastic bags can be one solution to the world's thirst for fuel.
    Kertz, a plant physiologist, developed a system using 10-foot-long water-filled plastic bags suspended in a greenhouse-like setting in the desert to grow algae, from which vegetable oil can be extracted to produce biodiesel.
    "We expect to produce 100,000 gallons (of vegetable oil) per acre per year,"...

    Mark Townsend Cox, CEO of the New Energy Fund, an $11 million New York-based fund which invests in companies developing renewable energy products, and Global Green consultant, said Global Green and Valcent appear to have one of the better algae-growing systems among 15 to 20 companies working on projects to use algae for biofuel production. Cox's fund also has stock in Global Green....

    The problem with algae is that no one had "figured out how to do continuous harvesting. But I think these guys figured it out. If they have figured it out, it's going to be a big deal," said Berry, who is based in the New York area....

    Construction on the pilot plant is expected to begin late this year on an acre at Valcent's research facility at 401Vinton Road in Anthony. It's expected to be producing vegetable oil from algae grown in 20,000 bioreactors, the big plastic bags, by the summer of next year, Global Green's Frater said.
    The Vertigro system uses a canful of algae cells pumped into the plastic bags with water and carbon dioxide from the air and exposed to the sun. Algae can be harvested daily once the initial growing period of 25 to 30 days is completed, Kertz said. Valcent's algae lab determines exactly which algae meets its growing requirements.
    Global Green and Valcent hope to be selling Vertigro systems by 2009 or 2010 to biofuel refineries in Europe, South Africa, and the United States, Frater said....

    A Vertigro plant of the size needed to supply a large biofuel refinery would require about 200 to 300 acres and "probably cost about $800,000 per acre" to build and operate, Frater said. That means a full-scale plant would cost about $160 million to $240 million.
    The Vertigro system is expected to be able to produce algae oil for about $1.70 a gallon versus about $2.63 a gallon for soybean oil, Frater said. Those numbers are without government subsidies or tax credits, he said.

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    Re: Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

    Now if we can get those NOx emmsions down....

    Thats amazing CTC-D your my next car!

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    Re: Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

    Hoosierron, while I'm thinking of it, check out http://www.bentlybiofuels.com/ It's another of these developing companies you post stuff about. It's sister company is at http://www.bentlyagrowdynamics.com/ and they are currently investigating growing Jatropha and Canola in NV. They just need to find varieties that can handle cold better.
    Also, http://www.biodieseltesting.com/ is owned by the same company and man, Don Bently
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    Re: Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

    So when can I put a small plant in my back yard and make enough for my own use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supermoto
    So when can I put a small plant in my back yard and make enough for my own use?
    Why not demand answers during the next election?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunid Racks
    Why not demand answers during the next election?
    Because it is not a political issue. It is a scientific issue. And even The Smartest Woman In America can't just pass a law to make it technically feasible overnight.

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    Re: Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

    Thats not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunid Racks
    Why not demand answers during the next election?
    Because they'd Taser me.
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    Re: Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainDan
    Because they'd Taser me.
    Lol, good one!

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    Re: Algae biodiesel company: 100,000 gal. per acre per year

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ Thunder
    Now if we can get those NOx emmsions down....

    Thats amazing CTC-D your my next car!
    It would take something like this actually working to get me in a diesel car.

    It is good to see a wealth of alternative fuel sources being investigated, maybe even implemented.

    Thanks, Ron.
    It sounded pretty good until I actually said it.

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