Algae as a biodiesel feedstock: A feasibility assessment
Auburn University, Alabama
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Mass cultivation of micro-algae in Alabama, using less than 3% of the state's land area, could produce 3 billion gallons of biodiesel for transportation. The report analyzed three phases of algaculture in Alabama. One phase would involve digesting poultry litter and cattle manure in an anaerobic digester which would produce methane and carbon dioxide to power a diesel generator. The second phase would integrate algae ponds with catfish ponds to remove catfish litter. The third, and longer term, phase of algae farming would require capturing carbon dioxide from fixed and vehicle point sources in the state. The carbon dioxide from Alabama Power's fossil-fuel fired power plants would provide 50% of the state's transportation fuels via algae-to-biodiesel.
Added on 7 January 2010
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