Trip to AlgaeVentures

If you thought this was outside the Blackwell (the hotel at Fisher), think again. This is actually an algae farm in Marysville, just outside Columbus! Of course, the algae has been cleaned out and the tents cleaned for the next ‘crop’.

Well, when you are at Fisher, there are a lot of things that you are exposed to… and a visit to a next-gen energy company was the high point of this week.

Algae, as we know it, is this mucky green unwanted substance that grows in stagnant waters, spoiling our lakes and other water bodies. These guys take this and convert it to bio-fuel! How cool is that?!

The 2-step process is this:

1. They use a proprietary silica coagulant that forms ‘ribbons’ from the algae which can then be smoothly removed without any disruption to the lake’s bio-system.

2. This is then dried on special driers which then gives us dried algae.

The dried algae can then be processed as a raw material to generate fuel similar to diesel and gasoline!

Now the ramifications of this are beyond the cost and environmental-friendliness.

Think of this situation – What if hundreds of us need to live in the middle of nowhere for months on end, where we need to run machinery and/ or automobiles? Transportation of fuel would be a major logistical nightmare and would add to the cost of the fuel substantially. This is exactly the situation that the army faces all the time. One of the extracted fuels from algae is very similar to the fuel used by the army. So they can now have algae farms at military camps where they can ‘grow’ their own fuel.

In this never-ending quest for energy, I’m not sure where the battle is headed… But the fuel is definitely headed to the battlefields!

Cheers,

K


1 Response to “Trip to AlgaeVentures”


  1. 1 anonymous October 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Major University Admits Hard Science
    Problems Relating to Algae Have Been Solved

    Arizona State University Senior Vice President Rick Shangraw recenty said “…algae will “deliver soon” because…most of the hard science problems science problems regarding algae have been solved…Now…it’s largely an engineering problem.”

    The REAL questions is: Does the DOE really want to get the US off of foreign oil or do they want to continue giving grants to algae researchers to keep them employed at universities for another 50 years?

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