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Subject: Re: Algae production costs
From: Ami Ben-Amotz <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ami Ben-Amotz <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 24 Apr 2009 17:19:16 +0300

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Dear Vasco et al.,
Please see the updated detailed review information
( as arrived today from Ireland.
They completed excellent review work to include macroalgae and microalgae.
Best regards,
Ami Ben-Amotz

SEI is today publishing its study “A Review of the Potential of Marine Algae
as a Source of Biofuel in Ireland “.  
The study, which was prepared for SEI by a team led by BioXL Bioenergy
Consultants, considers marine macro and micro algae.  Through a supply chain
analysis it examines the current state of the art internationally in terms
of harvesting, treatment, processing and downstream marketing for these
biomass resources and presents some estimates of potential.  The most
promising conversion technologies are discussed.  The report reviews current
research, development and demonstration activity and outlines some of the
key challenges  facing the exploitation of marine algae as a source of
biofuels in Ireland.

The report can be downloaded from the SEI web site at
A limited number of printed copies have been produced.  A printed copy can
be requested by email to   [log in to unmask]  (please include full postal

Pearse Buckley 
Project Manager - Biomass 
Sustainable Energy Ireland 
Dublin 9 
t + 353 1 8082012 
f + 353 1 8082330 
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Sustainable Energy Ireland promotes and assists the development of
sustainable energy. 
SEI is funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan
with programmes part financed by the European Union.

The Energy Show 2009 April 29th and 30th RDS Dublin, a must for suppliers
and business customers of sustainable energy technologies and services.
Online registration is now available for the exhibition and seminar
Seminar places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  

-----Original Message-----
From: Forum for marine, freshwater and terrestrial algae. Open to all
interested in algae. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Vasco
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 4:34 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Algae production costs

Dear Phycologists,

I am writing a market study of algae as bio-energy source.

We would like to compare cost analyses of algae for fuel production!

Information on prodction costs, that I have assembled up to the present, 
shows how biased and disputed this idea of producing fuel from algae is.
I have found that there is absolutely no economically viable production 
method for producing algae for biofuel, particularly within phototrophic 

We are very pessimistic about this ambitious idea!

Any advice, info or possibly objective references on production costs of
and macroalgae for biofuel would be welcome! 

Thank you for your help,

Kind regards

Global Forest Care s.a.

Vasco Schmidt (MRes)
Bio-Energy Junior Expert 

6, Avenue Pasteur (Bâtiment H)
B - 1300 Wavre
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