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Algal Biofuels: Opening up the Market Opportunity

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Algal Biofuels: Opening up the Market Opportunity

Andrea Marandino

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Author: Andrea Marandino

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This report provides insight into the global market for algal biofuels. It identifies relevant technologies for the production of algal biofuels, the state of development of those technologies, and compares the different approaches. It analyses market drivers, provides insight into current market trends, and reviews future market prospects. Includes profiles of leading investors.

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Author Andrea Marandino
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ISBN 9780956280329
Publication date February 2010
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Table of contents

0 Executive summary

1 Fuel from algae - introduction

2 The potential benefits of using algae to create biofuel

  • 2.1 Algae thrive in a wide range of locations
  • 2.2 Algae have higher yields than traditional oilseeds
  • 2.3 There are opportunities for high-value co-products
  • 2.4 Algae can be used to make jet fuel
  • 2.5 Algal oil production may bring additional environmental benefits

3 The process of creating biofuels from algae

4 Algal fuel development

  • 4.1 Significant US R&D support is benefiting specific companies
  • 4.2 European government support is less dramatic

5 Direction of technological development

  • 5.1 Open systems are cheap but susceptible to contamination
  • 5.2 Closed bioreactors are more controllable, but costly
  • Tubular photobioreactors
  • Flat panel photobioreactors
  • Low-cost photobioreactors

6 Barriers to commercial-scale production

  • 6.1 Growing algae requires control of multiple variables
  • 6.2 Harvesting involves significant cost and energy use
  • 6.3 Extraction is a hot technology topic

7 Market prospects

  • 7.1 Viable business models have been slow to emerge
  • 7.2 There is much work to do in genetic and metabolic engineering
  • 7.3 Photobioreactors and biorefineries are developing fast
  • 7.4 There will be significant market growth in the medium term

8 Company profiles

  • 8.1 Algenol Biofuels
  • 8.2 Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation
  • 8.3 Aurora Biofuels
  • 8.4 Bodega Algae
  • 8.5 Diversified Energy Corporation
  • 8.6 Global Green Solutions Inc.
  • 8.7 LiveFuels
  • 8.8 OriginOil
  • 8.9 Sapphire Energy
  • 8.10 Solarzyme
  • 8.11 Solix Biofuels
  • 8.12 XL Renewables

9 Conclusions

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