DailyDirt: Blooming Business For Algae

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Growing fuel from algae is a goal that plenty of scientists have been working on for years. Creating an economically viable process for doing this would be a real game-changer, but so far, there are still some major challenges (and the price of oil is looking remarkably low nowadays, too). Still, progress for growing biofuels from algae is inching along, and here are just a few examples.

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Anonymous Coward says:

history is repeating ... yet again

Petroleum’s recent price crash (after years of high prices) will have the same effect as the previous price crash three decades ago (coincidentally after a similar time span of high prices)

In the late 1970s, there was a fortune spent on research and development (the bulk of it taken out of the hides of US taxpayers) into so-called “synfuels” — alternative-energy projects that were dumped within a few years when the Republican-led government pulled the plug on funding, and the final nail in the coffin for synfuels was when the price of petroleum collapsed (and then remained low for the next quarter-century).

Today, getting fuel from algae (or any other farmed crop) would simply be a huge money-loser for as long as petroleum prices remain low, which could be for many years to come (largely depending on US-Russia relations).

But it’s indeed funny how these things appear to run in predictable cycles. Which coincidentally, like women’s clothing fashions historically have, repeat about ever 30 years. 🙂

Ninja (profile) says:

There is an ongoing project (somewhat stalled due to the low petrol prices) of producing ethanol from algae here in Brazil. Our coastal areas sure have the proper climate and it would be awesome for really removing carbon dioxide from the air. Contrary to popular belief the oxygen we have today is largely thanks to the absurd primary production from algae. While forests (trees) certainly have some participation their primary role is to help stabilize climate and provide humidity to the air even forming “aerial rivers” like the one that comes from the amazon to the southeast portion of Brazil – which is currently showing signs of disruption in the form of extreme droughts in said region all attributed to the shocking pace the deforestation takes place.

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