Biodiesel Business Academy announces Algae Advancements

23rd Feb 2013

Commercial microalgae culture began as a health food in the 1950s and in last decade it turned towards fuel production with all existing parameters and procedures to harvest the algae. This state of art to harvest algae in same fashion as in case for health food has made the algae biofuel production more expensive and capital intensive. Though biofuels from algae hold great promise, Center for Jatropha Promotion & Biodiesel (CJP) researchers find that more innovation is needed to make the technology economically and energetically viable at a commercial scale.

Algae are tiny, plantlike organisms that grow naturally and are composed of carbohydrates, proteins and plant oil. They are extremely diverse and can be found in most habitats of the world including fresh and sea water, salt lakes, soil, snow and on surfaces such as rocks and the bark of trees. Their size ranges from about 1 μm (nanoplankton) to more than 40 m (kelp), with many microalgae used for biofuels production in the size range 10-60 μm. Because of their fast growth rate and high lipid content, microalgae appear to be especially well suited for renewable biodiesel production. The use of algae as a source of biofuel offers an attractive sustainable alternative to other raw materials, as algae production does not necessarily compete for limiting resources such as fresh water  or arable land .Furthermore, algae photosynthesis rates are higher on an area basis compared with land plants, thus requiring less land to achieve the same level of production. Algae are therefore very attractive as potential sources of renewable biofuels


 The allure of using algae to power the world’s vehicles has been at the heart of many business plans over the years.  The search for cost-effective biofuels is one of the noble endeavors of our time. CJP scientists have been working on the viability of algae for producing large amounts of energy-dense fuel with less input in a sustainable manner.

In awake of Downside of Using Algae as Biofuel; scientists at CJP are busy in innovations to realize the full potential of algal biofuels. The model under development at Biodiesel Business Academy (BBA ) the knowledge wing of CJP have focused on the energy efficiency of algae taking into account the cost, water intensity and resource constraints faced by algal biofuel production, in addition to the energy efficiency. As we try to balance the use of energy and water for our future, it is important to base our decisions on what technology will permit us to do and at what cost. We expect this comprehensive ongoing research work will result in a clear understanding of the constraints we are facing.

Growing algae in a large-scale and cost-effective manner and extracting oil from these algae is a challenge that needs a practical solution.BBA has developed a detailed techno-economic model of the whole algae biofuels production process. The initial findings are very encouraging and if we sum up the same we can produce algae biofuel @ <3.00US$ per gallon with an small investment of 1.00 million US dollars with our innovative unique and low cost technology

India has several key advantages as the location for algae biofuel plants as it receive abundant sunshine,  extensive land area unsuitable for agriculture and an abundant water source in the three side Ocean. Further India also has the advantage of a stable political and business environment. BBA invites project developers/investors to invest in our algae research so we may take a perfect algae fuel technology from lab to land and ultimately to ensure security, prosperity and sustainability across the globe

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