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RWE Photobioreactor

RWE PhotobioreactorRWE’s revolutionary large scale bioreactor, the RWE Photobioreactor, is at the heart of the project. This patent pending bioreactor consists of three primary components: a vertical pond, automated pro...

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Algae Enhancing the Market and Going Beyond Energy Alternatives: Delivery May Not Be as Far as Projected

June 3 2009

It's no secret that world-wide dependency on oil has reached an all time high. Since oil is a finite, non-renewable and heavily relied upon resource, the race to discover viable alternatives is hotter than ever. Still, the promise of an alternative and potentially clean energy source has been slow and steady. New biofuels emerge almost weekly and everything from wind and solar power to corn and soybean oil has been tapped as the next "environmentally-sound" solution.

Each known source offers its own set of opportunities and challenges. Wind power is easy to create, but efficiently distributing it over long distances poses problems. Proponents of solar power find harnessing the energy from sunlight to be difficult; the result is the capturing of heat rather than light. Though new techniques can make solar energy more cost effective and functional, cost reduction is not significant enough for mass distribution. While other resources like corn, soybean and canola oils are readily available, renewable and provide lower carbon footprints; the extra demand for these products drives the cost of food up and threatens the supply. The increasing cost of biodiesel feedstock, drawing on and channeling these alternative energies poses obstacles for economic and mass production.

For activists of alternative energy and sustainability, algae is the latest in the green movement towards alternative energy and biomass. One of the only truly "green" sources of biofuel - algae starts out green and creates green byproducts. It has the potential to shift the United States from being the largest importer of oil to the leading exporter of clean energy. That's because algae is not only sustainable but is also a renewable resource. It can be cultivated in mass and does not require the growing space required by cultivating competing biofuels; not to mention the drawbacks of deforestation and land use issues associated with biofuels feedstock farming.

As with all new technological and sustainable advances algae is not without challenges, though it poses comparatively fewer at this stage. Not every strain of algae can be utilized to produce usable biodiesel, so testing is required to pinpoint the best species. Many forms of algae do not produce significant amounts of oil. Those that do often require very specific conditions, which are dependent upon the type of system utilized. Open-air systems often have contamination problems from organisms in the air, making closed systems the most likely conduit for growing algae.

Algae oil is especially promising as a biodiesel feedstock; it can be used directly as a fuel. The drawback is that it requires modifications to a normal diesel engine before it can be used as a fuel, as any other vegetable oil would. However, transesterified biodiesel can run in an unmodified modern diesel engine, provided the engine is designed to use ultra-low sulfur diesel, which as of 2006, was the new diesel fuel standard in the United States.
A remaining challenge is finding an inexpensive source of clean carbon dioxide, which is necessary to the algae growing process. Being a photosynthetic plant, algae naturally converts carbon dioxide (CO2) to oxygen (O2). Several studies show that the exhaust from a power plant smokestack works well for growing algae, but the carbon dioxide needs to be scrubbed to remove contaminants. As a result, economists and experts believe lower costs algae farming needs to be done next to power plants where it can help soak up pollution. By tapping into algae we can absorb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions - pulling carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide gases from air polluting industries.

That's where a company like Renewed World Energies (RWE) comes in. RWE has not only tapped algae, it has gone further to create a practical method of channeling carbon pollution to grow algae. While other companies are solely focusing on energy alternatives, RWE is looking at how algae can shape multiple industries at multiple levels. Richard Armstrong and Tim Tompkins founded the company just over a year ago but began designing a system six years prior. Today, RWE has the first commercially viable, closed system and automated microalgae production facility known to date. The South Carolina-based company's target is a new era of mass adoption of biofuel. In addition to capturing nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide from flue gas (bulk compressed CO2 can also be used) emitted from the power generation industry and any CO2 emitting industrial plants, the system asserts to be able to grow and harvest the microalgae. The harvested algae can be used as is or it can be further processed into other products. Should the system deliver as projected, its use by industrial companies could assist in reducing their carbon footprints and provide a useable alternative energy source.

The diversity contained in algae's properties makes it one of the most distinctive and soon to be coveted plants for its extensive range of applications. RWE's system yields two usable forms of algae: oil and cake. The oil and the cake produced from the numerous strains currently utilized by the company will be used in everything from pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmetics, organic feed, organic fertilizer, and used as a feed for the aquaculture industry. RWE also hopes to provide oil on a commercial level for JP-8 jet propellant diesel fuel. In this sense, RWE will serve as a source and not the actual processor. The result is cleaner air, high quality, commercially valuable algae biomass, a highly nutritious feedstock source and clean energy alternatives.

Algae companies are popping up all over, so who will be the first to the finish? Better-known competitors have forecasted that they are still three to five years out, while RWE is on the forefront of research and development, and the fast track to capturing the market. RWE's system technology edges out competitors as it is the only fully automated and modular photo-bioreactor currently available.

Arguably, algae is the most sustainable energy alternative with life-sustaining and viable applications that enhance a variety of aspects of our well-being. Renewed World Energies' ability to create a tangible mass producer of algae oil stands at the gateway to a functional form of algae-based fuel and virtually endless uses of biomass.

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