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Directory of technologies and resources related to obtaining oil from algae.




  • Store: DIY > Biodiesel > from Algae >
    Making Algae Biodiesel at Home - Downloadable 650-page book provides detailed instructions on how to sustainably produce clean oil from algae -- in your back yard -- enough to supply your transportation and home power needs. This is not a simple, afternoon venture, but a serious, long-term commitment.
  • Gardening / Alt Fuels > Biofuels > Algae >
    Is Algae the DIY Answer to Fuel & Food Crisis? - Aaron Baum of the Algae Lab explains why people growing algae at home for fuel and food can help the environment and their health. He's creating an international network of people growing all kinds of algae in their homes in an open source way. One of the low-cost materials is household urine. (Shareable; Sept. 7, 2010)


  • Origin Oil Announces Successful Automation of its Helix BioReactor - The design of the Helix BioReactor™ utilizes low-energy lights arranged in a helix pattern and a rotating vertical shaft design, which allows algae culture to replicate exponentially within a smaller installation footprint. Automation of this system is a key step towards low-cost, efficient, continuous algae production. (Renewable Wire; Dec. 16, 2008)
  • Featured: Algae for Oil >
    Valcent Vertigro Algae Farms Making Biodeisel - Valcent has developed a high density vertical bio-reactor for the mass production of oil bearing algae while removing large quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. This new bio-reactor is tailored to grow a species of algae that yields a large volume of high grade vegetable oil, suitable for blending with diesel to create a bio-diesel fuel. (PESWiki; Sept 29, 2008)
  • Oil > Non-Fossil > Algae >
    Making Oil in Minutes, Not Millennia - Chemical engineers at the University of Michigan are applying heat and pressure on microalgae, exploring a method to create affordable biofuel that could replace fossil fuels. They also hope to use the byproducts of bio-oil production as feedstock for more biofuel, combining hydrothermal, catalytic and biological approaches. (Wired; Apr. 30, 2010)
  • Turning algae into ethanol, and gold - Algenol Biofuels licensed deal for an $850 million project with a way to inexpensively bring third-generation biofuels to industrial scale with a seawater-based process that can generate up to a billion gallons of algal ethanol per year from a facility in Mexico. (CleanTech; June 11, 2008)

In the News

  • Maui to Get Algae Facility for Biodiesel - Recognizing the potential for algae as an energy crop, a Hawaiian conglomerate has come together to pursue the joint development of a commercial-scale microalgae facility on Maui to produce lipid oil for conversion to biodiesel and other products, such as animal feed. (CleanTechnica; July 15, 2008)
  • Scum Power - Today, the cheapest algae production costs $5,000 per ton, says F. Blaine Metting, a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a U.S. Department of Energy facility in Richland, Wash. Still, he believes that if the crude oil stays at its current lofty price, algae-based oil could be competitively priced in five years if engineers and scientists can improve algae productivity per acre. (Video) (Wall Street Journal; June 30, 2008)



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