Algae Fantasists Predict 1B Gallons Per Year by 2014
Wildly optimistic predictions based on scant evidence and stretched data could do a disservice to the entire biofuel industry.
I want to believe that algae can make a significant contribution to our liquid fuels habit in the coming years. But wildly optimistic predictions based on scant evidence and stretched data are disingenuous and do a disservice to the entire industry.
Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest recently authored a forecast projecting that algal biofuels capacity will reach 1 billion gallons by 2014. That would be up from what is essentially, let me check, yes, zero algal biofuels capacity today...
Algenol: The Elephant in the Room
I wrote a perspectives piece last week (see Algae Fantasists Predict 1B Gallons Per Year by 2014) on the viability of commercial algal biofuels and received a slew of comments, on and off-line, endorsing my claim that we are a longer way off from commercialization than claimed by breathless algae start-up press releases.
But according to Jim Lane of Biofuels Digest: Paul Woods, the chief executive of algae farmer Algenol is adamant he will produce 250 million gallons per year by 2013.
And according to Lane in email correspondence – when it comes to biofuels from algae, "It really comes down to how one thinks about Algenol. That's the elephant in the room when it comes to photobioreactors."...This message has been edited. Last edited by: clean and green,
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