Don't BIN that Algae!

Discussion in 'Algae' started by mick b, 16 Oct 2008.

  1. mick b

    mick b Member

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    Well, we all concentrate on getting rid of the stuff, but it may well soon be driving us to work! ;) :D

    Thought this extract from 'Processtalk' might be of interest! beats the hell out of chopping down rain forest to grow pine-oil :twisted:

    "2] Algae oil feedstock for biodiesel manufacturing

    Algae is an alternative to popular feedstocks, like soybean, canola
    and palm: ultrasonication improves the extraction of oil from the
    algae cells and the conversion to biodiesel. In comparison to
    traditional oil-seed crops, algae yields much more oil per acre. While
    soybean typically produces less than 50 gallon of oil per acre and
    rapeseed generates less than 130 gallon per acre, algae can yield up
    to 10,000 gallons per acre. In particular diatoms and green algae are
    good sources for the production of biodiesel."


    Wonder what a field of Algae would look like??? :?:

    Cheers, Mick B
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    Ah, I remember seeing something about this a few months back, on some random video website. They have like a large greenhouse type setup, but with tall rows of plastic bag containers I believe. Algae/water is pumped through and exposed to sunlight if memory serves. It was in the research stages I think.

    I'll see if I can dig out the video :)
     
  3. Steve Smith

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  4. Dan Crawford

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    You should check out my iwigumi :lol:

    Cultivating green algae should be easy, a great, sustainable method for for powering our vehicles, great stuff.
     
  5. Tom

    Tom Member

    My Micra would run for a month on that! :p
     
  6. mick b

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    Sounds like a fantastic idea if it takes off!
     

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