Algae Farms Offer Experimental Biomass Production
With algae there has been an issue of growing this biofuel producer in an enclosed area. Any organization in any loation in the country has the ability to do this. The issue here is the issue of cost. So, that being said, there is this competition with petroleum which can simply pump oil out of the ground, whereas there is a costly infrastructure to grow algae for biofuel in an building.
Another option is to grow algae for biofuel in the oceans, however, the outcome will result in an uncontrollable and varied species of algae that will produce disorganized results. For one, there are some algae that produce more biofuel than others, but with an environment that has the ability to do otherwise, this is where the southwestern region of the United States comes into play.With high amounts of solar radiation, high temperatures and warm nights, the infrastructure replaces that of an indoor environment. So it is naturally occurring. This is an area where both requisites are satisfied. Growth of algae in an outdoor area and then the ability to grow only one species of desired algae for biofuel.
There is a shrimp farm located near Gila Bend in Arizona. The owner of Desert Sweet Shrimp, Gary Wood, has stated that they're using their shrimp producing facility to also attempt to produce biofuel from their facility waste materials.
First, the farm waste that is gathered up, such as wood chips and straw and have it heated. This creates hydrogen monoxide and hydrogen. Next, these fumes or gases are channeled into a device which then is responsible for power production. Finally, the emissions are then pumped into the algae ponds so that they may grow quicker. Later, the biomass in the oven, also known as biochar, becomes a kind of fertilizer. Finally, the algae is then pressed for oil extraction and used as biofuel.
This is a different method they've devised that is unique to other methods of algae to biofuel production.