Algae Perspectives by Mary Rosenthal

Algae for Military Use

July 20, 2012
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

More federal funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) came through in June. The FOAs are part of an initiative coordinated between the Navy and Agriculture and Energy departments to support the development and deployment of advanced drop-in biofuels for military use. The efforts are also designed to spur markets for fuel production, and algae producers should consider responding. Among the new FOAs:

From the DoD comes one titled Defense Production Act Title III, Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project, for funding commercial production projects that will include the design, construction and/or retrofit, and operation of a domestic commercial-scale facility that meets a target of at least 10 million gallons per year of neat biofuel production capacity. The deadline for this FOA is August 13, 2012.

Currently in Hawaii the U.S. Navy is conducting its annual Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises, prominently featuring biofuels operating in a range of ships, planes and other craft. While critics of the Navy’s investment in biofuels are quick to sneer at the “green” benefits of the fuel and of its current premium price tag, they have missed much more important points.

The Navy’s program will not only reduce the strategic vulnerability that comes from relying exclusively on fossil fuels, they will likely improve performance. Because biofuels are more energy efficient, planes can go farther on a gallon of gas. That means they can carry extra payload without sacrificing range.

“…biofuels are more energy efficient, planes can go farther on a gallon of gas.”

Yet critics still blasted the cost of these experimental fuels. They also opposed the efforts of the Departments of Defense and Energy to ramp up production or help create industrial facilities that could reduce those costs.

Many of these voices are the result of election year politics, but there is a real bipartisan opportunity in biofuels that we must be talking about more.

Of course the voices of opposition deserve to be heard, but I believe that hostility can be overcome when the direct impact biofuels will have on people becomes clear. Blue, red and purple states will soon have a growing workforce employed at algae (and other biofuel) production facilities, or in supporting industries that provide services and equipment. This will be a workforce producing Made in America fuels that enhance our energy security, and their very jobs will be strengthening our economy.

Early registration rates for the Algae Biomass Summit will expire on August 13. This year’s Summit will be held September 24-27 in sunny Denver, Colorado at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

Anybody directly or indirectly involved in the algae business should attend this leading industry conference. Whether you are involved in developing food, fuels, fertilizers, supplements, cosmetics or the countless other products algae can provide, this conference is the place to make new connections and find new business opportunities.

We have recently posted an exciting agenda that includes opening remarks by Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennett. We will continue to add speakers and discussions through the summer.

Take a look at the breakout sessions in our conference tracks on Biology, Commercialization, Engineering and Analysis, and Finance and Policy.

Leaders with expertise in each of these topic areas have something to offer anybody who is operating, or plans to be, in the algae space.

Reserve your spot today!

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2012 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Oregon State University researchers are combining diatoms, a type of single-celled photosynthetic algae, with nanoparticles to create a sensor capable of detecting minisc...
Chase Ezell writes in Earth911.com about the irony of Algenol’s biggest friction source on the way to marketing their carbon reducing algal-based ethanol being — the EPA ...
Portuguese cement facility, Secil, and microalgae biotechnology company, A4F, also based in Portugal, have formed AlgaFarm, a joint venture to develop the use of cement f...
SCHOTT AG, of Mitterteich, Germany, and Algatechnologies Ltd. (Algatech), based at Israel’s Kibbutz Ketura, have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnersh...
James “Jamie” Levine took over the reigns at Sapphire Energy in July of this year as former President and CEO Cynthia “CJ” Warner stepped down, retaining her role as chai...
Algix, parent company of Solaplast, will be inaugurating their algae-to-plastic facility in Meridian, Mississippi, on November 14, 2014. Solaplast's facility will be focu...
MicroBio Engineering, Inc., of San Luis Obispo, California, has introduced a full suite of open pond microalgae growth systems designed for quick deployment of research- ...
Iran-based Qeshm Microalgae Biorefinery Co. (QMAB) has launched a biofuel being marketed as BAYA®, produced from a species of Nannochloropsis (strain 6016) isolated from ...
William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with wa...
Phys.org reports that, in collaboration with the Berlin, Germany LED manufacturer FutureLED, scientists at the Technische Universität München have developed a unique comb...
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae because of their color, have endured for more than 2.5 billion years, providing ample time to adapt to changes in the Earth'...
Tess Riley writes in TheGuardian.com about how spirulina may be able to combat malnutrition in developing countries. Spirulina is one of the oldest life forms on Earth, c...
Much of the development of the algae industry in 2014 was driven by domestic and international alliances, partnerships, and mergers that brought complementary skills and ...
Green Star Products, Inc. (GSPI) has signed a contract to build a demonstration facility in Las Vegas, Nevada, to produce commercial quality algae. The Hybrid Algae Produ...
Fort Myers, FL-based Algenol has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meet...
In an age where customer input is as easy as a click, OriginOil has tapped directly into its intended market to R&D their next generation algae harvester -- with a de...
Designboom.com is showcasing the “Spirulina Fountain” designed by bureau A. The installation constitutes a hybrid, fusing the production basins of the intense blue-green ...
Fort Myers, FL-based Algenol, and India's Reliance Industries Ltd., have deployed India’s first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located nea...