The End of the Energy Crisis
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The End of the Energy Crisis

Natural oils extracted from common pond scum it being developed into a viable substitute for petroleum that is expected to end the energy crisis. Algaeculture, raising algae under controlled conditions has proven that a single acre of land can produce up to 10,000 gallons of petroleum substitute.

For the past 2 million years mankind has used the force of innovation to meet every challenge to our continued existence. One of the most pressing problems this confronting us today is the energy crisis. This has created an atmosphere where many highly skilled individuals and companies are working on solutions to this latest crisis that mankind has faced. Many of these solutions have that are economic barriers that are extremely difficult to overcome. The most difficult of these solutions is the so-called green energy based upon the suns rays or the power of wind. It appears that these solutions have hit an economic deadend because they are just not efficient.

The real answer to the energy crisis is one of the oldest forms of life on Earth; they call it “Cellular Oil”, but we know it as algae. There are several companies that are now working on extracting oil from algae with annual yields of petroleum as high as 10,000 gallons per acre. If an area as large as Texas was devoted to raising algae it would be able to produce all the world’s energy needs.

According to the theory of biotic oil it wasn’t dinosaurs that produced petroleum although their remains might account for a very small percentage of the world’s supply it was algae that grew in vast quantities during warm periods in Earth’s history. Algae is about 50% lipids, the precursor of petroleum. The lipids can be expressed from algae, and put right into a refinery just like petroleum. The oil from algae has the advantage of acting as light-sweet crude oil.

At the present time extracting oil from algae is one of the more expensive processes for extracting oil, but it is expected that over time the price for extraction will come down creating more demand for cellular oil. In addition to its use as a petroleum substitute algae can be used as an effective food supplement. Algae already appear in many foods we eat today. Icecream is only one of the vast arrays of foods where algae already appear.

There are several different ways to extract the oil from algae. One of the most common is to just express it from the algae with a press. Breaking down the algae walls with ultrasound is another experimental method that shows great promise. Solvent extraction is yet another experimental method being tried.

Regardless of what method is used cellular oil will make a mark in future years. Oil producing algae can be produced in both fresh and salt water. If it is a question of space there are two areas in the oceans that are capable of producing vast amounts of algae: the North Pacific Gyre and the Sargasso Sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

The algae can be nourished with organic waste or something as simple as the flue gas from a generating plant as was done by experimenters at MIT several years ago when this technology was in its infancy. With the proper fertilizer you can produce the mother of all algae blooms in ten days. After the algae is harvested it can be converted into petroleum in less then a month when it can be used for feedstock in a conventional refinery. Several cycles of algae can be produced in a year, and aside from being grown in the open it can also be grown vertically in specially constructed skyscraper greenhouses.

The process can be used as part of the innovation cycle to raise the economy out of the doldrums along with some other developing technologies. It is the oil from algae technology that has caused Exxon Corporation to plunk down almost a billion dollars for its development. The blunt truth is the companies developing this technology are going to be a good investment for future growth.

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Comments (5)

very interesting this must have been what a neighbor of mine was talking about the other day. He had worked for an oil company and said they are lying to us about oil being non renewable. I thought he was full of crap, I guess he was right. But I doubt Texas will be converted for this project so assume we will resort to destroying some other part of our world to grow and refine algae. Its such a pity we do not see the bigger picture and learn to reduce our energy demands because even this is not without some sort of complicaton to our environment I am sure. I think we would be a far more sustainable planet if we had only 5 billion people rather than our current 7+ billion.

Many of my students are doing research on algae..

That's good because it is that kind of research that is going to get us out of the worldwide financial crisis not the hand wringing of a bunch of no nothing politicians.

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very interesting, nice learning about it