• Sep 8th 2010 at 9:00AM
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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Biomass Program will host a webinar entitled "The Promise and Challenge of Algae as a Renewable Source of Biofuels" later today (2-4:30 p.m. EDT). This online conference marks the beginning of the DOE's series of webinars that will focus on the development of renewable fuels, power and products from biomass resources.

The algae webinar will include presentations from several DOE partners and will touch on some of the key aspects found in the National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap (PDF), a report released by the DOE this past June. For a brief primer on the recent developments in algal biofuels, look no further than the DOE's Biomass Program's Algae Factsheet (PDF). Recent experimentation has shown that algae biomass could serve as a feedstock for a variety of biofuels including ethanol, biodiesel, gasoline and aviation fuel. If biomass-to-biofuels intrigues you, then join the DOE, and its many partners, as they discuss both the near- and long-term outlook for algal biofuels. Participation in the webinar is free, but you must register here to get in on algae action.

[Source: EERE News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I taught that the studies were completed long time ago and i said more then a year ago to open an outlet near where i live with a capital investment of 10 000$ to 20 000$ and sale butanol at 70 cents/gallon to me and bio-diesel to ships, trains, tractor-trailer trucks, delivery trucks, diesel pick-up truck, construction machinery and bio-kerosene to airplanes. All these customers lives near where i live. With that the money will stay in canada and will not be shipped in secrets overseas bank account and the price at the pump will shrink by 4 or 5 while maintaining the same power output and probably crude oil petrol products will shrink in price by the same factors but green algae fuels producers will have a cheaper production cost , so a bigger profit margin.

      Stop any subsidies and lower the general tax bill. Put all these madscientists out of goverment offices, it's them that spread fears and confusion in that easy, childist subject to give the illusion that their knowledge is necessary, give them the hope to find a real jobs in general cleark jobs in video clubs or pizzeria delivery jobs, etc. That way their soul will be saved because they will learn for the first time of their live how to participate honestly in the economy. And put half of the politicians out of the goverment, they impede the economy even if they talk about it full time in confusing and scary words and with scary faces and tone voice, they are full time imcompetants voicing my past ideas and trying to cash on them before delivering the products.

      Put green algae farming on any coal and natural gas output chimneys and recicurlate the fuel back to where it come for an endless no-pollution already constructed electrical power plants.

      Don't panic. after green algae fuel take the market , then a new product will displace all these bothersome green algae farms will hydrogen-water-electrolisis-recirculation with endless non-polluting energy for free without any pollution except road and sky accidents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least the DOE is doing something. Not that I'm betting on it working.

      If it comes down to producing alcohol or gasoline from algae I'd take alcohol, the high octane beats out that junk they sell at Gas stations and could eventually increase fuel economy. Right now it's just an Experimental field, this algae farming.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You want to help innovation and find the best alternative fuels? Keep the government OUT of direct control of such things, or the special interest lobby groups will simply run the show.

      Ethanol has been a disaster for example, and the only reason we are even using corn with horrible per-acre returns per investment is thanks to the corn lobbyist which are not farmers but rather then pesticide companies that also happen to own the patents to their seed and who are the actual recipients of the unnecessary subsidies the industry receives.

      The Libertarian Party had the best idea which was to simply offer tax incentives and the like for oil companies to diversify and become energy companies (which most are doing now anyways) and provide alternative energy sources.

      Free enterprise is fantastically efficient at finding innovative effective new techniques, provided an environment is created which fosters competition between businesses and a simple rulebook for guidelines to stay within.

      Which if you think about it, is similar to the racing circuit where as they say "competition improves the breed". Setup guidelines for the race, but not overly tight, and with direct competition you will be amazed at the results in short order with successful ideas and strategies blossoming, being copied, and ever expanded on.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Thumbs Up! The first step is still making all cars sold in the us able to run on biofuels, so that when consumers want to use it they can. All diesel cars and trucks should be compatible with 100% biodiesel. All gasoline cars should be compatible with all alcohol fuels at 100%. The longer our cars can only burn hydrocarbon fuels the longer consumers will be stuck without fuel choice or competition.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Should have said fossil fuels not hydrocarbon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would be relieving to notice that a broad public has understood that electrolysis is absolutely no substitute for synthetic photosynthesis and no longer make any reference to electrolysis. It has been some time since first reports appeared in the web of the achievements reached with photsynthesis; e. g.:
      In comparison, electrolysis is completely inefficient. So please don't make any more references to this antiquated process.
        • 8 Months Ago
        We can hit around 60% efficiency using fuel cells similar to the Bloom Box, amongst other possible ways, which is good enough if you are using nuclear power, which the South Koreans build for $2333kw.
        Running costs including everything but build and the interest on it are around $0.0186kwh, so hydrogen can certainly be produced at a less than crippling cost.
        It is dearer than producing it from currently cheap natural gas, but as that runs short there is no technical reason that it can't be done, as studies by Argonne amongst others have shown.
        Since it is less efficient than using the electric in batteries, then it will likely only be done where batteries aren't suitable, which of course reduces the total loss.
        The hydrogen can be made into a variety of liquid fuels as needed, at a further energy penalty.
        • 8 Months Ago
        Oops, I meant producing HYDROGEN, heh.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I don't think it matters if the public knows what electrolysis is or how inefficient it is at producing electricity, as they wouldn't be involved in the production.

        Besides, I think more and more are leaning away from the feasibility of a hydrogen economy. Its too much of a chicken/egg scenario with the infrastructure and equipment, and it has no backwards compatibility for all the existing equipment. Heck, my two cars right now are from 1995 and 2001 respectively, and the airplane I'm training in was made in 1943.

        Plugin hybrids (gas/ethanol and biodiesel) and EVs w/ range extenders however are far more realistic to implement right now, and charging these vehicles can enhance national security due to domestic availability of fuel, their batteries on the grid acting as a UPS, and w/ a nuclear recycling program similar to France is environmentally friendly.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It's probably been just about 30 years since I saw an electrolysis demo. Nothing has been more damaging to my enthusiasm for hydrogen. I think that only a small fraction of the general public has the faintest clue of the scale of energy consumption in this world, and what it is going to take to replace only the petroleum based fuels.
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