so my good buddy just called me and said he wants to start to growing algae to make veggie or biodiesel. his pond is 15,000 gallons and in the back yard. we live in orange county so that could give you an idea if the climate is right. what's the best strain to grow? do we have to go out into nature and find it or is there a place online that sells it?
he's thinking to try it out in his back yard, make a few gallons a week for me and then when we get it down up the production on some land my dad has.
i know algae is the future but i'm not quite sure if it's worth the time to do it so small scale.
what do you guys think? any algae farmers out there??
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Hey, I'm all ears on this one. My wife owns 50+ acres near Hemet, CA that is just sitting there and I am thinking this might be a good opportunity, at least until she decides to sell/develop.
I am very excited about the use of algae for biofuel. I live in the State of Nevada and, heck, it's nothing but desert out here that is absolutely good for nothing. I read that my state could supply the entire nation's need for biodiesel if we used about the 80% of the land that the U.S. government owns. We could pipe in CA saltwater and turn this state into something more than just the adult Disneyland that it is.
Good luck.............There are literally thousands of strains of algae in nature. Some produce large amounts of oil, and some produce very little. I know of none for sale to the general public. Growing algae in open ponds is problematic also. Cross contamination from airborne spores is a difficult problem. Keeping the proper PH level is a problem. Evaporation is a problem, and the biggest problem so far is removing the oil from the algae...............There are literally hundreds of people working on the problems involved, and millions of $$$$$$$ invested so far, with mixed results.
I belong to several other groups that have been working on small scale algae projects, and nobody has successfully built even a small plant yet. There are a few people that have done it so far, but all of them have big bucks behind them.
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I own a 300 acre fish farm and aquatic research company. We have been doing algae counts and cultures but there are only a few that produce oil in high amounts. I do thank that once we figure out how to make the right ones thrive you will have something. The only people I know of that have had any luck have been indoor research systems (very small scale and controled enviroment). We are going to keep trying, anything will be better than the mess we are in now.
What we are trying to do is isolate some of the green algaes that are already in our ponds. Make them shade out or over take the other algaes that don,t have much oils in them. Our end goal right now is to grow the algae, collect and sell to the processor for extraction.
It may not work like we would like it to, but we are trying and if it is ever worked out there is a LOT of water in the southern US.
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