California, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Algae fuels OriginOil and Sapphire Energy both announced this week that they are ready to take the final steps to commercialization of their respective technologies.
Sapphire Energy, revealed a very ambitious updated timeline for the deployment of its “drop-in” replacement transportation fuels. By 2011, Sapphire said that it will be producing 1 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel per year, double its initial estimates. By 2018, that number increases to more than 100 million gallons annually. By 2025, the company claims that it will be producing up to 1 billion gallons of fuel per year.
This would mean that Sapphire alone would be supplying enough fuel to meet approximately 3 percent of the country’s 36 billion gallon renewable fuel standard.
Sapphire Energy uses a platform of sunlight, CO2, photosynthetic microorganisms (algae), non-potable water and non-arable land to produce a renewable and scalable low-carbon alternative to petrochemical-based processes and products.
OriginOil Inc., announced that its single-step process to extract oil from algae is ready for the big time. The company plans to rapidly commercialize the patent-pending process for use by others in the fast-growing algae industry.
In the process, the company’s Quantum Fracturing technology combines with electromagnetism and pH modification to break down cell walls, thereby releasing the oil within these cells. Algae oil rises to the top for skimming and refining, while the remaining biomass settles to the bottom for further processing as fuel and other valuable products.
The company recently filed for patent protection of the new algae oil extraction process, its seventh patent application, entitled Device and Method for Separation, Cell Lysing and Flocculation of Algae From Water.
“With this new process, we have greatly improved on our previous harvesting technology. We now have a single device and process that we will optimize and scale up in upcoming trials for commercialization,” said Dr. Vikram Pattarkine OriginOil’s CTO.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com’s Stephen Lacey caught up with Riggs Eckelberry, president and CEO of Origin Oil earlier this month to talk about why algae represents an important option for CO2 emitters in industrial applications. They discussed the company’s Helix BioReactor, which may dramatically boost algae production.