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AlgoDyne Launches Biofuel Projects in Brazil; Algae-Based Bio-Kerosene for Aviation Leads the List

6 June 2007

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Algae ponds the size of Maryland would be able to supply the world’s aviation fleet with bio-jet fuel according to a Boeing/NASA study. Click to enlarge.

AlgoDyne Ethanol Energy Corp. is a series of biofuels initiatives in Brazil, led by Chief Technology Officer Prof. Hans-Jürgen Franke.

AlgoDyne’s Brazilian office, to be located in Aracaju-SE Brazil, will lead planned algae-based bio-kerosene projects with airlines, as well as integrating the company’s processes through joint ventures with several of Brazil’s states. Prof. Franke will also be responsible for establishing a planned nursery of jatropha plants and the development of a pilot plant for ethanol production with algae in 2007.

From airlines to industry, Brazil is an example of how the mass consumer market has embraced alternative fuels and energy. It represents for AlgoDyne, the opportunity to market and research its products with key global players and then export these technologies, products and knowledge to North America and Europe for market distribution.

—Prof. Franke

In September 2006, Brazilian biofuel company Tecbio announced that it was working with NASA and Boeing to develop a bio-kerosene aviation fuel, which Boeing is calling Bio-Jet fuel. Tecbio first developed the  vegetable-oils-based aviation fuel for in 1980.

A flight test was carried out in 1984 with 100% bio-kerosene which the company called Prosene, in a Bandeirante aircraft (manufactured by Brazil’s Embraer, a company that also developed a small ethanol-powered airplane). The pilot successfully flew the craft for 600 kilometers from São José dos Campos—Brazil’s aircraft manufacturing hub—to the capital Brasilia. With the low oil prices of the time, however, the project was abandoned. Rising prices have rekindled interest.

We are starting to resurrect bio-kerosene ... the scenario today is different.

—Expedito Parente, Tecbio President

At the time, Parente said that he expected to get the new version of the fuel patented in 2008.

In order to be viable in the commercial aviation industry, bio-fuels need to overcome several technical hurdles. However, the task is not insurmountable, and there is no single issue making bio-fuel unfit for aviation use. Bio-fuels need to be developed and have to be especially tailored for jet aircraft applications, which we term as “bio-jet.”

...One promising feedstock is algae...With the potential for algae of providing 10,000 gal/acre/year, some 85 billion gallons of bio-jet could be produced on a landmass equivalent to the size of the US state of Maryland. Moreover, if these bio-jet fuels were fully compatible with legacy aircraft, it would be sufficient to supply the present world’s fleet with 100 percent of their fuel needs as well into the future.

—“Alternate Fuels for use in Commercial Aircraft”

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YAY for photosynthesis!

Cervus: I know you're a big follower of algae. There seams to be a spate of algae announcements. How many of these operations are for real? Real technology? Real Money?

Neil:

I'd love to know the answer to that question. I still think that with more minds and companies working on the problem that someone will come up with a viable solution. It doesn't make sense that they're all illegitimate. But I honestly get most of my news for this from GCC itself, so you more or less know what I do about these ventures.

There seem to be some each way bets here suggesting they are chasing subsidies. The jatropha and algae jet fuel I presume are based on lipids and the algae ethanol is presumably based on starch. For those who think travel offsets are bogus maybe airlines could have premium priced low altitude flights using bio-kerosene.

HAS ANY ONE ABLE TO PRODUCE EVEN 1000 LITRES OF BIODIESEL FROM ALGAE, INSPITE OF SEVERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS?

MOST ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE MERRY WISHES AND NOT TECHNICAL FEATS.

Dude, we can hear you ... take the caps lock off.

Is it possible he is hard of hearing and that is why he is shouting?

JRod.

he's got a point though.

Huge opportunity, massive growth and profits potential.

Some company will crack this very soon.....

I'm also hoping one of these companies could make it. One of the promising ones, I think, is BFS of Spain.

Biofuel System is building a powerplant in Spain that would supply electricity for 3000 households, and make biocrude with phytoplankton using CO2 from the exhaust fumes. They would be using 8 meter high plastic tubes as bioreactors next to the power plant.

Their homepages: http://www.biofuel-systems.com/

There is some information and news clips (in Spanish) about their process (go to communication/news). Worth taking a look IMO.

Why do these algae companies keep repeating the mantra that algae yield 10,000 gallons per acre? That's bogus.
The real yield is 35 tonnes of biomass per hectare, or 1850 gallons per acre. And that's the best yield ever obtained in the most optimal system. The vast majority of field trials obtained five to ten times less.

Gio, could you cite that?

Admittedly, the 10,000 gallons per acre that everyone cites comes from the experiments done by the Aquatic Species Programme in closed photobioreactors.

For this reason it is often criticised that it would be far too expensive to carpet the desert with these, but my view on this is that much of the south coast of Spain is already covered with polytunnels, which weren't cheap... once. A similar plastic-based photobioreactor unit may achieve similar economics if mass-produced (in my opinion!).

I understand that there are 3 products from Algae: (1) biodiesel & petrochemical products from the “first squeeze” lipids, (2) ethanol or better yet Butanol from the cellulosic residue, and (3) food from the residual proteins. All this is powered by photosynthesis aided by Co2 exhaust from power plants and the byproduct is oxygen and of course profit. This sounds pretty good to me.

By the way, Algodyne keeps jumping from project to project without ever going forward with its algae. First it wants to do algae thingies, but then it sneakily buys land in Canada to grow ordinary miscanthus. Then again it announces big algae thingies, but suddenly starts talking about a fantasy of harvesting algae from open oceans. Now, once again, it goes to Brazil and talks about bio-kerosene, with which it has nothing to do.

This company is a pure paper company that wants attention but that has nothing to offer.

It should stop associating itself with biofuel advancements made by others, like professor Parente's bioquerosene.

Algodyne must now show its algae stuff, or I will never again read any of their empty press releases.

Tecbio's biokerosene projects will be based on babassu palm. A unique social project is underway to harvest the palm kernels via cooperatives of poor communities.

More info here:
Father of bio-jet fuel launches biofuel cooperatives in Brazil to reduce poverty.

Jonus- Pure social engineering projects are not self sustaining. If there is no profit, there is no long-term viability.

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"Jonus- Pure social engineering projects are not self sustaining. If there is no profit, there is no long-term viability."

Tim, if you had actually bothered to read the article you would have found out that professor Parente fully intends for the operation to be profitable.

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Hy guys;
This algae stuff is quit interesting but does anybody explain how this process should work? I have try to find out details from Universities here in Germany all they know is that algae has that content of oil that could safe the world and they are able to get it in lab stage but very expensive non profitable. the biggest problem seems to be to get the oil.
By the end it will end up like iron in spinach it was very high and published not telling that it was high in dry substance not in fresh leaves.
I have talked about algae also with ingeneurs in the US they also did not know how to get the oil out of the algae on a sufficient way.
Anyone there that can explain that.
Josef.

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