Algae Business: Drillers Begin Reusing “Frack Water”

Algae Business: Drillers Begin Reusing “Frack Water”

That was the headline in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, November 19. The article explained how “Companies are racing to find ways to recycle the water used in hydraulic fracturing…

Algae Business: Low-Cost Algae Production—Is It Finally With Us?

Algae Business: Low-Cost Algae Production—Is It Finally With Us?

We believe that algae is the most promising next-generation biomass feedstock. But historically, using conventional production systems has prevented cost-effective cultivation. Issues include high…

Algae Business: Mixed-Cycle Production, the Growth Breakthrough

Algae Business: Mixed-Cycle Production, the Growth Breakthrough

A recent OriginOil study concluded that algae producers can make gasoline and diesel at their place of production for as little as $2.28/gallon, using a blend of algae and waste feedstocks. ($5.44/gallon using…

Algae: The Cornerstone Feedstock

Algae: The Cornerstone Feedstock

If only there were enough algae to meet the demand. Algae is highly productive, soaks up toxins and CO2, and can be grown without impacting food or fresh water supplies. And it exactly replaces petroleum…

Algae Business: Can AB32 Help Save the Amazon?

Algae Business: Can AB32 Help Save the Amazon?

With global warming accords in disarray, the European Union (EU), individual nations, and now California are taking decisive action. Even the most local of initiatives, however, impacts the rest of the world…

Algae Business—EU Aviation Standards: Algae Oil’s Threshold Market

Algae Business—EU Aviation Standards: Algae Oil’s Threshold Market

This New Year, the rubber of the Kyoto Protocol hits the hard tarmac of the European Union’s airport runways. More than half the cost of the multi-billion dollar…

Algae Business: Hydrotreating Algae for Jet Fuel

Algae Business: Hydrotreating Algae for Jet Fuel

Way back on June 20, John Daly of OilPrice.com wrote an insightful overview of why so many players in the multi-sector air industry—airlines, airplane producers, national airlines, and militaries…

Algae Business: It’s Time to Set Uniform Algae Feedstock Standards

Algae Business: It’s Time to Set Uniform Algae Feedstock Standards

As algae oil gears up to industrial scale production, we must develop uniform standards. Producers, refiners, distributors and the public face the same issues as late nineteenth century petroleum oil…

Algae Business: Algae Oil in China

Algae Business: Algae Oil in China

Recently, Australia’s largest ethanol producer, Manildra, diversified its biofuel portfolio by entering into algae production. In cooperation with Atlanta-based Algae Tec, Manildra will build a demonstration facility near Manildra’s ethanol production plant in…

Algae Business: The Economics of Power Plant CO2 Capture

Algae Business: The Economics of Power Plant CO2 Capture

In April, I wrote that CO2 capture is algae’s “killer app”—the deployment that addresses four environmental problems at once. Now the killer app can look forward to its first large-scale customers…

Algae Business: Small Scale Algae—An Alternate Vision

Algae Business: Small Scale Algae—An Alternate Vision

Most algae production is industrial in scale. Take MBD Energy’s carbon capture project, designed to attack the vast CO2 emissions of Australia’s brown coal power plants. Each power plant emits ten million tons…

Algae Business: Algae—Food or Chemical Grade?

Algae Business: Algae—Food or Chemical Grade?

There’s a big question planners should be asking themselves when they put together an algae production plan: are we trying to meet food-grade requirements for our algae…

Algae’s Killer App

Algae’s Killer App

Where in the world is the best place for a new algae facility? If you answered, “wherever there’s abundant sunlight for photosynthesis” you’re on the right track. Beyond that, I’d like to offer what I think is an even better answer—one that underpins…