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Algae as fuel...

Postby Darb on Wed Apr 02, 2008 9:45 am

I thought this was pretty interesting. They are basically farming algae. The article says that algae (theirs anyway) is about 50% oil by weight.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/04/01/algae.oil/index.html
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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby Rueg on Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:20 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for posting this.
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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby osao on Wed Apr 02, 2008 6:35 pm

madison should have a enough fuel for everyone if they can use the algae from lake monona and mondota
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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby CUNAReefer on Thu Apr 03, 2008 10:01 am

Really cool idea!
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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby cr8signs on Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:27 pm

The U.S. Department of Energy studied it for about 18 years, from 1978 to 1996. But according to Al Darzins of the DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab, in 1996 the feds decided that algae oil could never compete economically with fossil fuels.
AS long as they keep snuffing out any idea that isn't owned by "big oil", we will never have an economic solution to our fuel crisis.

Maybe we should send this to Mayor Dave, and see what he does with it. This would be an extra incentive to clean up our lakes. =D>
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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby Darb on Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:38 pm

Here's another potentially viable strategy on non-fossil fuels. Some people at the UW have a come up with a way to convert cellulose directly to some of the components of gasoline.

http://www.physorg.com/printnews.php?newsid=126785152

This actually isn't a big stretch (chemically), if you look at how wood actually burns. Wood fueled cars were not uncommon at one time in history, and I don't mean steam. You can gasify wood pretty easily. I've done it in aluminum foil over can over a campfire.

Check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas

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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby weaselander on Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:03 pm

Some people at the UW have a come up with a way to convert cellulose directly to some of the components of gasoline.


Those people are one floor down from me... I keep asking when I can buy a unit to make my own gasoline from grass clippings :)

You might be interested to know that there is also a local company that has spun off from this research, Virent Energy Systems

http://www.virent.com/
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Re: Algae as fuel...

Postby Darb on Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:28 am

Cool, I read the whole Virent site. That's really impressive.
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