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To: tiki
They have spent over 2 years planning and building an algae farm around here and it still isn’t finished. The technology isn’t all that good and I havn’t seen anything about cost effectiveness.

Honestly, I don't know all that much about it. Made sense to me to give it a try.

In a rational world, you and I would say "Hmmmmm, this might fly. Let's try it." and if it doesn't produce energy at a better-than-breakeven cost, we'd scrap the idea and move to the next thing.

Unfortunately, we're talking about government. So Common Sense will go out the window.

Heck, they're still throwing money by the snowshovel-full at Solar and Wind power, which are two technologies that anyone with an Engineering Degree (or just a FReeper with a decent amount of sense) can tell you won't ever scale up.

19 posted on 02/24/2012 11:09:15 AM PST by wbill
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http://www.parabel.com/announcements/petroalgae-environmental-defense-fund-1

They’re in FL and it is funny, because the first post I made on FR was about them. This algae stuff. Many of the big refineries dropped out of supporting.

http://www.energyboom.com/biofuels/shell-drops-algae-its-biofuel-portfolio
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Algae is also being touted as replacement for jobs from XL pipeline.
www.triplepundit.com/2012/01/originoil-green-algae-biofuel-alternative-keystone-xl-pipeline-jobs/
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If the entire algae industry isn’t suffering from a case of separation anxiety, it should be. Investors, CEOs, scientists. Dealing with the separation issue is perhaps the biggest obstacle we face. But that’s not what you’ll read on most algae companies’ websites.
http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2011/09/01/separation-at-the-heart-of-algae-industry-challenge/
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BOSTON — Bioengineer Jeff Way has seen what happens when the claims of algae biofuel companies get ahead of the science, when their promises of “renewable diesel” slam into the realities of engineering.

He’s been to the bankruptcy auction.
http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/03/29/29greenwire-as-algae-bloom-fades-photosynthesis-hopes-stil-54180.html?pagewanted=all


22 posted on 02/24/2012 11:37:55 AM PST by Irenic
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