Michael Giberson Robert Rapier at R-Squared Energy Blog looks into recent claims by DARPA to soon have oil from algae at a cost of $2/gallon. His bottom line: “I suspect that in a couple of years we will be doing the post-mortem on this one when we find that there is no $2 algal oil … More Algal Oil for $2/gallon? Not Likely Any Time Soon.
Michael Giberson The gold in the oceans and the gold in algal biofuel have much in common. You can develop a production process in each case, but the capital and operating costs for producing each are far too high for them to be commercially viable. I don’t begrudge anyone trying in either case to improve … More The Gold in the Oceans and the Gold in Algae Biofuels
Michael Giberson Reporting from the National Biodiesel Conference this week in San Fransisco, Michael Kanellos writes: You can grow algae with carbon dioxide and sunlight, but that doesn’t mean it’s free. Although many believe that algae will become one of the chief feedstocks for diesel and even hydrocarbon-like fuels, growing large amounts of algae and … More Current Status of Bio-diesel from Algae: “Your Fishtank is Not a Goldmine.”