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  • I really want to run some experiments growing algae heterotrophically or maybe mixotrophically. I have heard that cell densities as well as lipid content can get to very high levels. But I am having trouble finding good literature [technical or otherwise] to base experiments from. Could someone please help me out, or at least point me in the right direction

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  • The number of companies developing algal biofuels has been increasing, and several oil companies are investing in them. Given these and other interests, the National Research Council was asked to identify sustainability issues associated with large-scale development of algal biofuels. A NRC report released on yesterday reveals certain issues in Algae fuels. The following are some of the key statements in the report:

    1. To produce 39 billion liters of algae based biofuel, roughly six to 15 million metric tons of nitrogen and nearly 1 to 2 million metric tons of phosphorus would be needed if the nutrients are not recycled.

    2. The committee found that to produce the amount of algal biofuel equivalent to 1 liter of gasoline, between 3.15 liters to 3,650 liters of freshwater is required, depending on the production pathway.

    Here is the link to the report - http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13437&page=1

    Company : Algaetech Sdn Bhd

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    • Narsi 1 year ago

      NAA usually provides highly optimistic predictions of algae fuels. Optimism is to be appreciated, but it is fairly obvious to me that the NRC report is based on a better scientific and technical understanding of the ground realities. Will someone be able to prove NRC wrong? Lets hope for all our sakes that they do, but in the context of reporting/assessing the future of algae fuels with the existing intelligence, the contents in the NRC report will be agreed to by most experts who have done an in-depth study of this field. Being one of the co-authors for one of the most comprehensive industry reports on this topic - the Comprehensive Oilgae Report - I feel most times to be agreeing with the NRC report. Would like to hear from the rest

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  • Thus goes the first lines of a report..."It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude" ( http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2012/11/pressure-cooker-turns-algae-fuel )

    Trust journalists to make a Mickey Mouse look like the Universal Saviour. Of course my grandfather could have been the Prime Minister of India, it is just that he belonged to no political party, did not know Hindi, never had been outside our own state and had no money to do anything other than build a family.

    A bunch of scientists - I am sure well-meaning and all that - take what is essentially an organic material and produce another organic material (no doubt using a heck of a lot of energy for the process). And they rejoice that they have done the whole process a million times faster than our old, docile, ignorant earth would have.

    No one, it appears, bothered to ask the scientists for an energy balance for the process.

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    • Narsi 1 year ago

      Hmmm...but there are times when we should thank our stars. Thankfully, this report and the big splash came out in the US. Had it been in India, the very next day you would have seen a long queue of people with cans outside the University, waiting to buy algae oil. PT Barnum, the famous American circus-man said that a sucker was born every minute. That is probably in the US. In India, a sucker is born every second, and even that makes it only 31 million suckers per year - too few, in my opinion. Give me my 100 TV channels, a comfortable sofa, and a large packet of potato chips, and I will believe I can change the world by just swinging my arms to and fro.

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  • A Credit Suisse report on the company, revealed that Reliance has invested a total of $116 million (Rs6.2 billion). $93.5 million (Rs5.0 billion) in Algenol and 22.5 million (Rs1.2 billion) in Aurora Algae.

    According to Jim Lane (Biofuel Digest) It’s a serious level of investment, clearly aimed at the commercialization phase, given the stage that both Algenol and Aurora have reached in their respective pathways — and it comes from a serious company.

    See more (Page no. 8) - https://doc.research-and-analytics.csfb.com/docView?language=ENG&source=ulg&format=PDF&document_id=970331251&serialid=S4UQ6lD0WvgO6EKZdvIn/W1QCoL0g3N5msgsmoPSuCY=

    Company : Algaetech Sdn Bhd

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    • Narsi 1 year ago

      I dont think they are too bothered about risks, they are used to all sorts of risks -business, technology and political risks... I think it is just that they dont say much about these small buys...$100 million is pretty much pocket change... The other of course is that they are predominantly a Big Oil company, so for them to bleat around saying they are investing in the alternative might not have sounded like something to write home about

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  • What is the status of the World’s largest biodiesel plant @ Singapore that can produce 800,000 metric tons of fuel per year operated by Neste Oil ( Feedstock vegetable oils, waste animal fat, algae)

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  • Last year, Solazyme had only been able to scale production at a 75,000-liter facility operated by a partner. Last year the company began fermentation at a facility in Peoria, Illinois with multiple 128,000-liter fermenters and an annual oil production capacity in excess 2 million liters. Solazyme also has access to production capacity one the facilities owned by its joint venture with Roquette.

    So far management has been a bit protective about yield rates, leaving investors in the same dark space as its algae. Solazyme is pushing forward with new production capacity. They broke ground for 100,000 metric commercial facility in Moema, Brazil earlier this year and more capacity is planned.

    Read MOre - http://www.altenergystocks.com/archives/2012/10/solazyme_microbes_in_the_dark_1.html

    Company : Algaetech Sdn Bhd

    in Algae Fuels

    • Narsi 1 year ago

      While I am sure there are risks attached with Solazyme stock, overall I am impressed with the fact that they thought big and went for an IPO...of course, some might say IPOs are all about cash-grab, but let's give them the benefit of doubt and wait for some more time... Btw, they are seriously into value added chemicals, nutrition as well from what I understand...overall, they appear to be more pragmatic than many others in the algae fuels industry - http://seekingalpha.com/article/321053-a-tale-of-2-biofuel-companies-solazyme-vs-kior They also are turning up impressive partnerships with solid companies, the latest being with Bunge of Brazil for sugar to oil (of course using algae as the via media!) - "The factory, Solazyme’s first large one, is being built next to Bunge’s sugarcane factory in the Moema region of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is supposed to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2013. Bunge is providing the sugar stock and Solazyme is utilizing its sugar to oil production technology. The plant will produce 30 million gallons of Solazyme’s algae-based oil a year, and the oil will be used in both the specialty chemical and fuel markets — applications like a sustainable alternative to palm oil for use in various products." - http://gigaom.com/cleantech/solazyme-now-moving-into-biofuels-in-a-major-way/ - as we know, they have Unilever and Dow partnerships as well - http://solazyme.com/chemicals Overall, I am impressed with the "diversified" moves they are making; of course, I have not invested in them, so their stock prices are unlikely to be of concern to me!

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  • I would like to know whether there are any online or distance course on algae/phycology offered by any universities?

    Company : Algaetech Sdn Bhd

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  • S. S. Lootah Group, a Dubai-based holding company, signed an agreement with AlgaOil Ltd. to develop biofuels from algae.

    AlgaOil, a producer of algae with high oil content in the Philippines, will set up ponds for large-scale algae output and convert it for use as biofuel with Lootah Biofuels, according to an e-mailed statement mail from S. S. Lootah today. Lootah Biofuels, a wholly owned subsidiary of S. S. Lootah, said it plans large-scale production of algae oil in Dubai, under the memorandum of understanding it signed with AlgaOil.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-14/dubai-s-lootah-plans-to-produce-algae-biofuels-with-algaoil-ltd-.html

    Company : Algaetech Sdn Bhd

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  • Does anyone have updates on any innovative microalgae harvesting mechanisms that have been explored recently?

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  • actually i wan to purify the cultures in my lab..i used many methods like Uv treatment,antibiotic..but they are not working.my all cultures contaminated with bacteria and fungus..plz can any one suggest me the ways to purify it?

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