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Permalink 12:20:37 am, Categories: News, 59 words   English (US)

National Academy of Sciences says algae to fuel needs more work to be truly feasible

A 2012 report, 'Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels", from the National Academy of Sciences, states that scaling up algae based biofuel production using existing technologies could create 'unsustainable demands for energy, water, and nutrient resources.'

Not all is pessimistic though, as the report also targets specific areas needing Research & Development, including strain selection, and wastewater use.

Report brief.



Permalink 01:56:59 pm, Categories: News, 77 words   English (US)

Sewage into Biodiesel

Green Car Congress covers results of Korean research into conversion of Sewage Sludge into Biodiesel:

Researchers develop new non-catalytic process for converting lipids from sewage sludge to biodiesel; high yield and economic production


  • Much higher yields than algal (algae) oil or any conventional feedstock, such as soybean oil
  • No catalyst necessary (KOH, NaOH)
  • High (> 98%) conversion rate
  • Flow process, so conversion happens in 1 minute or less
  • Low cost: 3 cents / liter or 11 cents / gallon

Original research paper here.



Permalink 01:21:36 pm, Categories: News, 150 words   English (US)

10k gallon / day biodiesel production coming to Brevard?

Thor Renewable Energy, Inc is looking for tax abatements from Brevard County to help establish a corporate/R&D headquarters in Brevard County, Florida. Part of their plans include a commercial biodiesel production facility, employing 55 new engineering and plant operator personnel at an average wage of $48,838. The anticipated volume of the plant is 10,000 gallons of biodiesel per day - likely feedstock being biomass per this article at Florida Today. With the support of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast (EDC), it would be somewhat surprising if this application for abatement is not approved by the County Commissioners.

The process used is likely a product of work from UCF chemistry professor Richard Blair. Using a ball mill to grind up the feedstock, his process does not require sulfuric acid and has no hazardous byproducts. The match between UCF and Thor was made via the Space Coast Energy Symposium.



Permalink 09:36:13 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], 67 words   English (US)

Port Canaveral receives large biodiesel shipment

Florida Today reports that a 50,000 barrel shipment of biodiesel from Green Earth Fuels of Houston arrived recently. Green Earth Fuels reports soybeans and camelina (a non food source) as possible feedstocks for their product. At Seaport Canaveral, blends of B5 to B20 will eventually be used in cruise ships.

No word yet if any retail pumps will be available for users in North Brevard to fill up...



Permalink 08:50:00 pm, Categories: Announcements [A], 58 words   English (US)

Methanol give-a-way

Scott G. has about 50 gallons of methanol in two drums, and a couple 15 gallon totes that he'd like to go to a good cause, such as making more biodiesel. He's in Chuluota, FL and could drop them off if you're in a convenient location.

Contact Scott at sgiacomi at, or 321-695-8612 if you're interested.

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