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New breakthrough!

A new breakthrough in algae biodiesel: Inside Augsburg

It recycles the alcohol AND the catalyst,and produces NO glycerol! I'm going to order some zirconium today and try it in my lab!
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Were do you get zirconium from?
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This is interesting reading...though I didn't have time to read the entire article. Some where on a biodiesel type of site I remember reading here very recently about algae is just another snake oil. I wish I could remember where I read it because I would have linked it here. I remember the author of the article made an open challenge to any group that can produce a gallon of oil (for biodiesel production) from algae he'd pay $500 for it. He made the comment that he became know as the guy that would pay $500 a gallon for diesel. He got me to thinking...before this was posted; has anyone made biodiesel from algae yet? On paper....algae using sewage water and CO2 creating O2, clean water, oil (from crushed algae)...the whole set-up sounds like a win-win-win combination. But Grandpa always said if it sounds too good to be true.........
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Yes, it does work. http://www.valcent.net/i/pdf/2008-04-01_CNN.pdf

Why would someone with over 20 patents ( bio related) and over 5 million dollars invested care about some "nut" offering $500?

I was invited to Texas last year to see this process in action. It does work, and with more research will become a viable process on a large scale.

MIT is doing it right now! Algae - like a breath mint for smokestacks | csmonitor.com

Short video on the MIT system: YouTube - MIT Algae Photobioreactor
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Here: Zirconia (ZrO2, Zirconium Oxide) Powder, Superfine Grade

$58.60 for 2.24 pounds..............Not bad!
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Yes, it does work. http://www.valcent.net/i/pdf/2008-04-01_CNN.pdf

Why would someone with over 20 patents ( bio related) and over 5 million dollars invested care about some "nut" offering $500?
Don, I figured you know for sure...thus the reason why I asked here and not some where else. My comment on the end of my last post was more of...it sounds too good, but until recently fuel/crude was so high that there was allot of pressure for folks like MIT to come up with a solution. Thank you for proving my Grandfather wrong on this one.
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how much pressure and temp in their reactor?
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Are you going to try and replicate the Mcgyan process fabman? If so let me know how that goes. I'm a freshman in college pursuing a degree in biofuels and I'd like to keep up on the latest technology.
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You can get a degree specific to bio fuels now.......cool.
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Sorry...........Didn't see this till now But yes, I've ordered the necessary supplies, and will be working with it, along with "electrostatic" glycerol separation, and a bunch of other projects...........

Once I've got it set up I will post my results here.

Scott, You can also get a PhD, and a Masters in Bio-Fuels from the University of Idaho! I go there quite frequently, and there are some GREAT minds there
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Scott, You can also get a PhD, and a Masters in Bio-Fuels from the University of Idaho! I go there quite frequently, and there are some GREAT minds there
When I was in high school I didn't know what I want to do with my life...so when I graduated I joined the working world and became a productive member of society until I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I have a job currently that will become a nice career before it's all said and done. But a degree in Biofuels makes me wonder if maybe I should think about a change in careers. I don't beleive in Ethonal (it's a joke in the rear world IMHO)...but biodiesel I think is a viable answer to some of our problems.
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If I was 20 years younger ( I just turned 60) I'd do it in a heart beat! But that's just me...........

I see biofuels as the "new frontier", and people can be free of the need to buy energy from people that want to kill us.............That and it's really cooool!
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I agree completely. Ethanol is hog wash. Biodiesel is the way to go, and I see algae as the main feedstock in the future. Right now im just taking gen eds in college but I'm looking for a major university to transfer to that has a course in bio-fuels. Anyone know anything around the Illinois area?
Fabman- is there any articles on electrostatic glycerol separation? I've never heard of it before, so naturally I would like to read up and get a full understanding.
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Here ya go; YouTube - High Speed, Glycerol Separation using High Voltage

I've done it in my lab, just like the video. I'm now building a set-up to try it on a continuous basis. It does look at this point that it may work for home brewers.
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That is quite interesting and i think I'll have to give it a shot. What all did you need to try it? A burner ignition coil to up the voltage, and how did you limit the amperage?
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