Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

  1. Welcome to GM Inside News Forum General discussion forum for GM

    Welcome to GM Inside News Forum - a website dedicated to all things GM.

    You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, at no cost, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, Join GM Inside News Forum today!
     
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Posts
    6,653
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Imperium is the 800 pound gorilla of biodiesel. It's the one that just opened the 100 million gallon per year plant in Washington. So when it starts investing resources in algae, it is big news:

    A Tacoma startup by the name of Inventure Chemical has raised about $1.5 million to continue development on a chemical process that turns algae into biodiesel and ethanol.

    One of the biggest backers of the company is Imperium Renewables, the Seattle biodiesel producer that opened a massive biodiesel plant in Grays Harbor County last week....

    In addition to the investment in Inventure, Imperium has a partnership with South San Francisco-based Solazyme, which also is attempting to convert algae into biofuels. In its IPO filing earlier this year, Imperium wrote that it would continue to explore "new or improved feedstock sources, such as jatropha, mustard and algae, in an effort to leverage our multi-feedstock capabilities and further reduce our production costs."...

    Santella said the company has created the algae-based fuel in five- to 10-gallon "bench tests." The latest capital infusion will be used to see if the fuel can be produced on a larger scale. It plans to set up a test plant to see if it could produce 3 million to 15 million gallons of biofuel a year. The company has processed a wide variety of algae strains, both freshwater and saltwater species, Santella said. He said the company hopes to test the fuel in city buses in the near future....

    "Not only is algae feedstock much more cost-effective than other biofuel feedstocks; with our patent pending process, it also yields extremely high yield biodiesel and ethanol," he said.
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/busine...venture22.html

    If saltwater algae can economically be made into biodiesel, there really would be no limit to the amount of energy that could be produced.
    Last edited by HoosierRon; 08-23-2007 at 12:09 AM.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Firebird Concept (the turbine one) johnstarnes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Tampa
    Posts
    13,337
    Thanks
    5,697
    Thanked 848 Times in 469 Posts

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Thanks Ron for this newest hopeful update. A brackish water algal source of bio-diesel would be a wonderful way to use solar energy directly, control emissions of sequestered fossil carbon, and reduce our dependence on imported oil too. I would love to see what a clear bottle filled with algal biodiesel looks like since I am a botanist....I imagine it a totally transparent slightly yellowish liquid for some reason. I'd be curious too as to its odor.

  4. #3

    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    641
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    "Not only is algae feedstock much more cost-effective than other biofuel feedstocks; with our patent pending process, it also yields extremely high yield biodiesel and ethanol," he said.
    So they make biodeisel and ethanol from algae?

    That's pretty neat. High octane ethanol for the performance oriented cars and biodiesel for the economy (fuel economy, not "cheap") cars.

  5. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    6.0 Liter L76 V8 jkennedy293's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Holly Springs, NC
    Posts
    2,371
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    I didn't know you could make ethanol out of algae. That would be awesome to get both types of fuel from one renewable source.

  7. #5
    6.0 Liter L76 V8 1BadPig's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    2,295
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Okay, I'm not going to put anymore chlorine into my pool now!
    Current Rides
    2007 Chevrolet Tahoe LT3 Gold Mist Metallic
    2008 Mazdaspeed 3 GT Black Mica

  8. #6
    GMI Contributor Premium Member Ming's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    An Alternate Timeline
    Posts
    14,692
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Eco-friendly, daily harvestable, soaks up CO2 and nitric oxide, and is in infinite supply, as any aquarium owner will tell you. Seems pond scum has returned to claim it's due respect -- That's MISTER Scum to you

    http://blog.teledyn.com/node/2399

  9. #7
    6.2 Liter LS9 Supercharged V8 AndrewGS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Humble, TX (Houston)
    Posts
    9,682
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 3 Times in 1 Post

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Shhh... the 'Ethanol=Bad' folks don't want you to know that ethanol isn't just made from food.
    Andrew - Hidden Content - Hidden Content - KD5FHW
    2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS
    2014 Ford Flex Limited EcoBoost

    Hidden Content
    Do you remember back in old LA, when everybody drove a Chevrolet? ♫

  10. #8
    3.6 Liter SIDI V6 tamatt27's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Austin,TX
    Posts
    1,039
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Wow Ron, you are truely the Master of All Things Alternative.....
    GM: 'Meet the new boss....same as the old boss!'
    Hidden Content

  11. #9
    4.6 Liter Northstar V8 TORRED1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    CITY OF CHAMPIONS
    Posts
    1,792
    Thanks
    382
    Thanked 173 Times in 141 Posts
    My Ride
    2004 GTO, 2013 VOLT

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by Ming
    Eco-friendly, daily harvestable, soaks up CO2 and nitric oxide, and is in infinite supply, as any aquarium owner will tell you. Seems pond scum has returned to claim it's due respect -- That's MISTER Scum to you

    http://blog.teledyn.com/node/2399

    I like the pond scum line

  12. #10
    Firebird Concept (the turbine one) asim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Houston, TX
    Posts
    11,235
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Biodiesel giant Imperium working on algae fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by 1BadPig
    Okay, I'm not going to put anymore chlorine into my pool now!
    Hahaha...gross. Just don't swim in it, ok? lol
    I'll make a new sig. Later.
    Hidden Content | Hidden Content | Hidden Content

  13. Remove Advertisements
    GM Inside News
    Advertisements
     

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.1.2