It’s no surprise that algae-based biofuels continue to make great progress. Algae is fast-growing and doesn’t compete with existing food sources like corn ethanol does. With an increase in funding, the support of the military and exciting new research happening all the time, we’re excited to follow the development of this burgeoning industry. This week, we offer the most recent algae news.
The biofuels industry’s thirst for corn and soy ethanol is driving a rush to convert Midwest grasslands to croplands. But how much is too much?
“Soladiesel” is a new 20% algae biofuel blend being offered only at Propel fueling stations for one month to see how consumers respond. Is this the wave of the biofueled future?
Biofuel from wastewater? The latest innovation in the field of advanced biofuels may hold some promise for the future.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is on a mission to decrease the U.S. Navy’s dependence on foreign oil. In his words, “We simply buy too much petroleum either from potentially or actually volatile places on earth.” In 2009, he announced a plan to fuel half the Navy’s energy consumption through alternative fuels by 2020. “We’re doing this for one reason,” Mabus stated, “We’re doing it to be better warfighters.” The Navy has started to demonstrate some of the progress they have made with “drop-in replacement” advanced biofuels this year.
The first commercial algae to energy facility is up and running in New Mexico, producing ‘green crude’ as an alternative to crude oil.
With the biofuels sector bringing in some $1.4 billion through investment in just 33 “biomass to energy” technology corporations, there are lots of players looking to get into the game while its still relatively early. Biomass, as a renewable energy source, is considered biological material from living or recently living organisms.
Just this month, a gas station in Lawrence, Kansas became the first in the nation to offer e15. E15, or Ethanol 15, is a blend of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. It’s meant to be an alternative that would eventually replace the e10, or 10% ethanol blend, that has become ubiquitous across the United States.
The future of biofuels remains uncertain. While many hail the advent of advanced biofuels or second-generation biofuels, the reality is that many of the newer forms of biofuel have yet to be proven viable outside of the laboratory.
It’s not the OPEC you’re thinking of. This OPEC is the Orange Peel Exploitation Company and it’s composed of an international team of researchers who are looking for innovative new ways to use orange peels.