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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:04 PM

A few years ago, I realised that biodiesel from algae could be very lucrative in the desert of Western Australia. It seems that others have also realised this potential.

Algae farmers spruik potential for WA biofuel boom

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A report by a Western Australian think tank says algae farming has the potential to generate $50 billion a year and create up to 50,000 new jobs across Australia.

Because fossil fuels are a limited resource, we will need to develop fuels that are manufactured and not mined. Algae has great potential to be the fuelstock of the future.

As I may have mentioned elsewhere, I believe that biodiesel from algae is the fuel of the future. It is easy to make (one can make it in a garden shed). It only requires an abundant fuelstock. Algae has the highest yield of all fuelstocks and only needs water, a few nutrients and a large area with abundant sunshine to grow well. The desert of Western Australia is well suited to growing algae if it can be irrigated; sea water will do. I once calculated that a area half the size of Tasmania can produce all the fuel that Australia needs, with a little bit left over to provide all the fuel needs for the USA as well. For this reason I find it very interesting that this company has successfully grown algae in the desert of Western Australia, just where I said it should be grown.
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Posted 22 June 2013 - 06:29 PM

Top idea but it has one drawback, though only a slight one, Governments don't like processes whereby people can make their own fuel.
It's a minor point that can be overcome by charging a fee, equal to the fuel excise, for permission to make fuel for one's own use.

With sea water for irrigation there might be an eventual salt disposal problem but that could probably be turned into an asset.
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Posted 22 June 2013 - 09:22 PM

View PostRoderick, on 22 June 2013 - 06:29 PM, said:

Top idea but it has one drawback, though only a slight one, Governments don't like processes whereby people can make their own fuel.
It's a minor point that can be overcome by charging a fee, equal to the fuel excise, for permission to make fuel for one's own use.

This is a problem that can be overcome by introducing an odometer tax that is collected annually with annual roadworthy inspections. People can then make as much of their own fuel as they like - they cannot evade the tax.

However, I do not think that an odometer tax would be popular even if it raised the same amount of money and fuel excise was abolished.

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With sea water for irrigation there might be an eventual salt disposal problem but that could probably be turned into an asset.

This would be mitigated to some extent if the sea water was replaced periodically.
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Posted 23 June 2013 - 05:49 AM

View PostBam, on 22 June 2013 - 09:22 PM, said:

This would be mitigated to some extent if the sea water was replaced periodically.



Wouldn't tides do that?
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Posted 23 June 2013 - 07:34 AM

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:49 PM

View PostHDMC, on 23 June 2013 - 05:49 AM, said:

Wouldn't tides do that?

Depends - if they're tanks 40 km inland, the tides won't do much.
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Posted 25 June 2013 - 08:39 AM

Agae powered street lights



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