Technologies: green fuels

Generating eco-friendly, zero net emission electricity and fuel for our world 


The power of Green

Biofuel is our answer to liquid fuels. But biofuel makes only sense if we do not deprive people of food and if we can grow very large quantities of biomass. By using green algae as a renewable fuel basis, we can effectively tackle the problem of arable land use for crops and the efficient, rapid growth of the desirable replacement of fossil fuels.

Algae production does not compete with agriculture. Algae production facilities are closed and do not require soil for growth, use 99% less water than conventional agriculture, and can be located on non-agricultural land far from water. Since the whole organism converts sunlight into oil, algae can produce more oil in an area the size of a two-car garage than an entire football field of soybeans.

Photobioreactor: testing of system solutions

Algae are the fastest-growing plants in the world. Like other plants, they use photosynthesis to harness sunlight and carbon dioxide, creating high-value compounds in the process. Energy is stored inside the cell as lipids and carbohydrates, and can be converted into fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. Proteins produced by algae make them valuable ingredients for animal feed

Algae can be converted to transportation fuels and feed ingredients or recycled back to a combustion source as biomass for power generation. Industrial facilities need no internal modifications to host an algae farm. In addition, the system does not require fertile land or potable water.

Using the sun as a source of energy, algae convert the CO2 into valuable compounds. Growing up to 30 times faster than other terrestrial plants, algae are regularly harvested for conversion into biofuels, feed, or can be recycled back to the host facility. Recycling algae in a closed system reduces the need for fossil fuels.

Production device

The right naturally occurring algae species can, under just the right conditions, produce oil at near-theoretical limits. Their small size (less than 30 microns) and aquatic nature makes them ideal for a large-scale, highly automated, closed production system called a photobioreactor, or PBR. These systems are highly-tuned to provide each cell the precise conditions needed for maximum productivity.

The carbohydrates remaining after the oil has been extracted from the algae can be used to make animal feed, ethanol, and potentially sequester carbon.

Biodiesel made from domesticated algae is poised to revolutionize the energy world and to play a leading role in our solution.