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How Green Are Biofuels? Comparison Chart [PIC]

Biofuels are increasingly lumped into a single category of environmentally apocalyptic dead-end solutions. As the food vs. fuel debate rages on, it’s no wonder that the general public believes this. But not all biofuels are created equal, as the chart above illustrates (click the image to see full size). It’s one of the best depictions […]

May 8th

CARS and Micro-Algae Turn Hydrocarbons into Fuels, Fertilizers and Food

[kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Those cute little creatures shown in the video are represent what may be the future of carbon sequestration. CARS is the acronym for Carbon Algae Recycling System, it’s a system under development in Canada to clean up tailing ponds and greenhouse gas emissions left by the Alberta Tar Sands […]

May 6th

Could We Grow 100,000 Gallons of Oil per Acre? Yes, Says Vertigro Algae Biofuel [Video]

I happened across this video on algae biofuel today: a company I’ve never heard of, Valcent Products, claims they can grow algae to produce oil yields of 100,000 gallons per acre. That’s the upper range of estimates I’ve seen for algae production—an absolutely phenomenal amount of oil—which Valcent attributes to their ‘high density vertical bioreactor’ […]

April 25th

First Heavy-Duty Diesel Powered By Algae Biodiesel, Solazyme's "Soladiesel"

It looks like Solazyme will be making algal biodiesel for the US military, after a test-drive demonstrated the fuel’s superior cold-weather properties when compared to commercially-available biodiesel. Former Director of Central Intelligence and Under-Secretary of the Navy R. James Woolsey tested the fuel himself by driving to the Worldwide Energy Conference & Trade Show in […]

April 17th

Ethanol from Cheese?

There’s always a better whey. A Wisconsin cheese producer, Joe Van Groll of Stratford, Wisconsin, has a way with whey. For nearly a decade, Van Groll experimented using the waste product of cheese manufacturing, whey permeate, to manufacture ethanol. During the past four years, he’s been doing just that, and believes his process can produce […]

April 9th

Smokestacks Make Biofuels

Would I put you on? It’s true, algae-based biofuels are being produced from CO2 emitted from smokstacks. It’s happening through a company called GreenFuel, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass. GreenFuel has been partnering with Arizona Public Service Company to create biofuels from algae grown using carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from a power plant. The companies successfully […]

April 8th

Algae Could Be Major Hydrogen Fuel Source

[social_buttons] While the first algae-to-biofuels facility went online today, scientists at Argonne National Labs are manipulating the photosynthetic super-organism for another use: creating hydrogen. Algae grows prolifically in adverse conditions, and can store large amounts of oils or starches useful for making biodiesel or ethanol. But some strains also use an enzyme called hydrogenase to […]

April 1st

First Algae Biodiesel Plant Goes Online: April 1, 2008

PetroSun has announced it will begin operation of its commercial algae-to-biofuels facility on April 1st, 2008. The facility, located in Rio Hondo Texas, will produce an estimated 4.4 million gallons of algal oil and 110 million lbs. of biomass per year off a series of saltwater ponds spanning 1,100 acres. Twenty of those acres will […]

March 29th

Cellulosic Ethanol Sugar Diverted to Algae Biodiesel Production

Note: See the precursor to this post, BREAKING NEWS: First Cars Run on Algae Biodiesel; Breakthrough Production Possible. Today I had a few minutes to speak with Harrison Dillon, President and CTO of Solazyme. But with all the publicity around the film Fields of Fuel (see earlier post), I didn’t have much of a chance […]

January 25th

Chevron Backs Solazyme's Algae Biodiesel Production Process (+Video)

It’s been a big week for biofuel breakthroughs and new partnerships. While photographing the algae biodiesel cars outside Fields of Fuel yesterday, insiders I spoke with alluded to big news: I just learned that Chevron will be backing Solazyme to produce algae biodiesel (East Bay Business Times): Chevron Corp. is accelerating its research into biofuel […]

January 22nd