Algae Diesel



  • Algal biodiesel is one of the only avenues available for high-volume re-use of CO2 generated in power plants. It is a technology that marries the potential need for carbon disposal in the electric utility industry with the need for clean-burning alternatives to petroleum in the transportation sector.
  • The production of algae to harvest oil for biodiesel has not yet been undertaken on a commercial scale, but feasibility studies have been conducted to arrive at the above yield estimate. In addition to its projected high yield, algaculture — unlike crop-based biofuels — does not entail a decrease in food production, since it requires neither farmland nor fresh water.
  • The big problem has been figuring out how to collect and press the algae, and in the case of open ponds, to prevent contamination by invasive species.
  • Algal-oil processes into biodiesel as easily as oil derived from land-based crops. The difficulties in efficient biodiesel production from algae lie not in the extraction of the oil, which can be done using methods common to the food-industry such as hexane extraction, but in finding an algal strain with a high lipid content and fast growth rate that isn't too difficult to harvest, and a cost-effective cultivation system that is best suited to that strain.
  • The ponds in which the algae are cultivated are usually what are called the “raceway ponds”. In these ponds, the algae, water & nutrients circulate around a racetrack. With paddlewheels providing the flow, algae are kept suspended in the water, and are circulated back to the surface on a regular frequency.
  • In Europe, biodiesel represents 2% of total transportation consumption and is expected to reach 6% by 2010.
  • According to CEO of a biodiesel company algae could theoretically produce 10,000 gallons of oil per acre, compared with 680 gallons per acre for palm, the current highest-oil-yielding crop
  • The global market for biodiesel is poised for explosive growth in the next ten years. Although Europe currently represents 90% of global biodiesel consumption and production, the U.S. is now ramping up production at a faster rate than Europe, and Brazil is expected to surpass U.S. and European biodiesel production by the year 2015. It is possible that biodiesel could represent as much as 20% of all on-road diesel used in Brazil, Europe, China and India by the year 2020.
Algae Cultivation for Diesel Production
  • Algae BioFuels
  • Algaculture
  • Apparatus for Cultivating Algae
  • Cultivating Algae for Liquid Fuel Production
  • Photosynthesis and Optimizing Algae Growth in a Bioreactor
  • Equipment for Growing Algae
  • Production of Algae
  • Cultivation of Algae Strains for oil


  • Biodiesel from Algae
  • Photobioreactor Technology for  Microalgae Cultivation
  • Blue Hydrogen
  • GreenShift Acquires Rights to Patented Carbon Dioxide Reduction Technology
  • A Look Back at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program
  • A New Technique to Harvest Microalgae ?

Investment Details

  • The Controlled Eutrophication Process
  • Biodiesel
  • Firm plans to produce biodiesel from algae
  • SA Company says it Will Make Biodiesel from Algae
  • Algae — like a breath mint for smokestacks
  • Widescale Biodiesel Production from Algae

Algae Oil Extraction

  • From Algae to Bio-diesel
  • The Emissions to Biofuels™ process
  • Emissions-to-Biofuels Opportunities for Power and Manufacturing Plants
  • Oil Products from Algae
  • Process for the Production of Ethanol from Algae
  • Algae bioreactors that tackle CO2 emissions
  • Biodiesel from Algae
  • Algae Oil Extraction
  • Oil from Algae
  • Biofuel Production
  • Oil production
  • Algae : An Oil Crop of Future
  • Research Project
  • Biodiesel Project
  • Algae Oil 
  • Enitechnologie R&D Project on Microalgae Biofixation of CO2.
  • A Mini-Manhattan Project 
  • The SuperChachi Project
  • Algae ponds at wastewater treatment plants
  • Project Updates
Equipment and Raw Materials
  • Bioking
  • Benzene Suppliers
  • Ether Suppliers
  • Oil Mill Machinery & Equipment
  • Centrifuges Suppliers
  • Oil Press Suppliers
  • Supercritical Reactors


  • Algae Biofuel From Sewage
  • Biodiesel 2020: A Global Market Survey
  • A Glimpse of the Future for Biodiesel
  • Biodiesel - World Production
  • Green Algae as Fuel Factories
  • India Biofuels Market Poised To Boom
  • Poop-Grown Algae to Fuel Cars?
  • Want Alternate Energy? Try Pond Scum

Company Profiles

  • Solazyme
  • Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation
  • Enhanced Biofuels & Technologies
  • GS AgriFuels
  • Infinifuel Biodiesel
  • PetroAlgae
  • Solix Biofuels
  • GreenFuel Technologies Corporation
  • Valcent Products, Inc


  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • Biodiesel Consulting Firms
  • Bioworld Products
  • Fisheries Technology Associates
  • Business Directory
  • Ronore Enterprises, Inc.
  • Ripley D. Fox
  • Sturgeon


  • An algae-based fuel
  • An Industrial Photobioreactor for Commercial Production of Algae Based Biodiesel
  • Big reactor, big reactions
  • Investor Kit
  • PetroSun Subsidiary to Commence Field Testing for Algae-Based Biodiesel Production
  • Growing fuel from algae
  • World’s First Sample Of Bio-Diesel From Algae
  • News Updates