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I have decided to start a Thread for those who share an interest in Algae Biofuels. Recently there has been a huge shift in investor interest and should continue to provide an incredible investment opportunity for all. Please post any News and/or Stock Pics related to Algae Biofuels.

For anyone who is not familiar with Algae Biofuels, I have provide some additional information below.

The U.S. consumes 20.7 million barrels per day and imports 12.4 million barrels per day. This means our dependence on petroleum imports is 60%.

Initially we saw crop-based biofuels as an avenue to provide us the relief we need from the rising fuel prices and our dependence on petroleum imports. What we have realized though is rising food prices affected crop-based biofuels and the use of our crops for biofuels has significantly inflated our cost for feedstocks like corn and soy oil. Furthermore, the production of crop-based biofuels is truly a drop in the bucket when you consider our demand for petroleum imports.

Significant production of Algae Biofuels could be a resolution to our problems. There are several other advantages to Algae growth such as:

1. Algae has a much higher productivity potential than crop-based
biofuels

2. Carbon dioxide is the primary input required by algae to grow.

3. No one country has a monopoly on algae production or production
equipment.

4. Algae can grow in temperatures from below freezing up to 158 deg F

5. Algae is not in direct competition with any food crops

6. Algae has a multitude of value-added byproducts like syngas, high-
protein animal feeds, fertilizers, biopolymers (plastic), glycerin,
ethanol and jet fuel.

The chart below shows various feedstocks and their potential oil yield per acre. (note: g/m2/day is the harvest rate of the algae and % TAG is the percentage of triglycerides)




Below is a list of some companies involved in algae growth harvesting and/or algae biofuel production:

1. Biocentric Energy Hldgs Inc Com (OTC: BEHL)

2. Carbonics Capital Corporation (OTCBB: CICS)

3. GreenShift Corporation (OTCBB: GERS)

4. Green Star Products (Pink Sheets: GSPI)

5. Nanoforce Inc. (Pink Sheets: NNFC)

6. OriginOil, Inc. (OTCBB: OOIL)

7. PetroSun Inc. (Pink Sheets: PSUD)

8. Valcent Products Inc. (OTCBB: VCTZF)
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Other than Behl, which one of these Biofuel stocks is currently undervalued?
post #3 of 20
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CICS & GERS seem to be on the move...

Carbonics Acquires Rights to Algae Bioreactor Technologies

Date : 07/27/2009 @ 8:00AM
Source : Business Wire
Stock : (GERS)
Quote : 0.0043 0.0006 (16.22%) @ 8:06AM

Carbonics Capital Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: CICS) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive license with GreenShift Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: GERS) for use of its algae bioreactor technologies in municipal and industrial applications excluding ethanol production.

GreenShift’s patented and patent-pending bioreactor technologies rely on thermophillic cyanobacteria (among other organisms) to consume carbon dioxide emissions and to produce carbon-neutral products. The organisms use the available carbon dioxide in the emissions and water to grow and give off oxygen and water vapor. The organisms also absorb nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. All photosynthetic organisms need a supply of carbon dioxide, light, a growth media and water with nutrients to live and grow. GreenShift’s bioreactor technologies have the potential to reduce the costs and technical barriers to managing the flow resources into, through and out of the bioreactor in a compact and cost-efficient way as compared to other algae bioreactor technologies.


Carbonics’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Sustainable Systems, Inc., was awarded a $375,000 grant from the Montana Department of Commerce Research and Commercialization Technology program and is pursuing additional funding to apply toward this project to move this technology forward.


“While certain engineering hurdles must be overcome, we remain excited about this technology and its applications to manage carbon dioxide emissions while creating raw material for value added products,” stated Dr. Paul Miller, president and chief executive officer. In addition, Dr. Miller stated, “Our development team’s assessment of the algae production state of the art suggests that this is a practical closed system technology deployable on a large scale. What is unique about this technology is that we retain a high level of control of the environmental conditions within the system and we believe we can tailor the conditions for the production of biomass-derived chemicals and other products that can have commercial values greatly exceeding fuel.”

David Winsness, GreenShift’s Chief Technology Officer, added that “GreenShift is exclusively focused on the commercialization needs of its patent-pending extraction technologies. While we originally acquired our bioreactor technologies with a long-term goal of developing applications capable of integrating into corn ethanol plants, these technologies have many other applications. The Carbonics team has the ability to evaluate and develop those applications, and to manage the continued evolution of our bioreactor technologies.”

Under the terms of the license agreement, Carbonics will pay GreenShift ten percent of the pre-tax net income derived from the use of the technology or derived from the sale, sublicense or lease of technology related equipment. In addition, while GreenShift shall retain ownership of all improvements that Carbonics may develop, and the right to use any such improvements in GreenShift’s ethanol applications, Carbonics shall retain the right to use those improvements under the license agreement.
post #4 of 20
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GSPI seems to be on the move as well

Stock Profiler.US: Stock Watch: AAPT, ITIG, AVRO, GSPI, EACO, GTLT
Thu. July 30, 2009; Posted: 12:14 PM

http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/...0News/2451651/
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Algae Biofuel Sustainable Energy

Saturday, August 1, 2009
Algae Biofuel Alternative Energy Deals

http://bx.businessweek.com/technolog...logspot.com%2F
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Great thread. a little DD on a stormy night

This was just a matter of time since the present administration is spending our money in this sector rather than the proven clean stuff.....USU.got boned this week, but still a great company and daily play.
Most of the big boys are private and I've been all over these start ups since you can get in with a penny play.

VCTZF Valcent Products, are the go too guys for news stories or interviews. First to market guys. They just finished thier R/S and watching stock price tank. Best technology I have seen for sale. Wouldn't touch the stock till it calms down.

BEHL Don't need to say a word on these guys by now. They are selling thier unit to anyone.

GERS, Green Shift I've had a buy order @ .035 for weeks with out a nibble, One day! Big in corn oil production equipment for sale and now getting geared into algae slime. They have a customer base with corn oil producers.

OOIL, Originoil another selling proprietary equipment to anyone. Instead of growing and harvesting Algae they shock the pee living oil of of em. Wait till green peace or my daghter's 2nd grade class hers about this one. I've been watching and want in around sub.30, but wonder if its ever going below .35 They are the ones that want to make a gasoline replacement rather that algae biodiesel that Willie Nelson sales down in Oklahoma. I like these guys. Volume sucks and watching.

EVFL Evolution fuels..string of fillup stations in dixie to sell bio algadiesel to the public and any independant station that will buy. They'll have to go up against EXXON. I own millions of shares as a penny play, and I mean play! They did a 1:1 freebe and thats all the shares you see being sold. I hear they are about out of shares and I'm hoping for an explosion. They will fill you at the Bid price .0001.

GSPI, Green Star been watching for a month as it spiked and wanted in below @ .015 and here we are. Just wish I had a crystal ball. .013 or lower will be a great entry point. They make bio lubricants and some eco electric car. They are one of the first and actualy produce the end product as many are selling thier systems. Volume has died on this stock, I'm looking to get in.

Psud Petrosun inc, They drop some big names in thier Prs, they are into natural gas and oil but now knee deep in algae as a food stock for animals, solient gren comes you a resturant near you. Biofuel bandwagon. Again watched the last run and wanted in @ .06 or below. Volume has died on this one.

All say they want to clean the World and make us all green till we puke. After BEHL's day this entire sector will be on fire. These are all I have the ability to follow and be checking yours out as well. Its a good cheap product and the same thing we are buring in our cars today, Just this is new algae not the 50Billion year old stuff we are pumping out of the ground. You think if we become Fuel independant in the US, the rest of the World will start to like us?
God knows where this will all go as I keep hearing oil is on a slide down. So trade for free shares and make some money.
post #7 of 20
Here's a link to a site with a section on Algal fuel news.

http://www.greencarcongress.com//algal_fuels/index.html

Trucking giant JB Hunt just signed a cooperative agreement with SunEco Energy. JB Hunt burns 100 million gallons of diesel/year. Unfortunately SunEco is privately held.

The Dow Chemical Company plans to work with Algenol Biofuels, Inc. to build and operate a pilot-scale algae-based integrated biorefinery that will produce ethanol, located at Dow’s Freeport, Texas site. Dow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Membrane Technology & Research, Inc. are contributing science, expertise, and technology to the project. Again Algeno privately held.

There is a lot hapening in Algal fuels right now. Green Car Congress has enough articles to keep you geeking out for days
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Originally Posted by Fink View Post
This was just a matter of time since the present administration is spending our money in this sector rather than the proven clean stuff.....USU.got boned this week, but still a great company and daily play.
Most of the big boys are private and I've been all over these start ups since you can get in with a penny play.

VCTZF Valcent Products, are the go too guys for news stories or interviews. First to market guys. They just finished thier R/S and watching stock price tank. Best technology I have seen for sale. Wouldn't touch the stock till it calms down.

BEHL Don't need to say a word on these guys by now. They are selling thier unit to anyone.

GERS, Green Shift I've had a buy order @ .035 for weeks with out a nibble, One day! Big in corn oil production equipment for sale and now getting geared into algae slime. They have a customer base with corn oil producers.

OOIL, Originoil another selling proprietary equipment to anyone. Instead of growing and harvesting Algae they shock the pee living oil of of em. Wait till green peace or my daghter's 2nd grade class hers about this one. I've been watching and want in around sub.30, but wonder if its ever going below .35 They are the ones that want to make a gasoline replacement rather that algae biodiesel that Willie Nelson sales down in Oklahoma. I like these guys. Volume sucks and watching.

EVFL Evolution fuels..string of fillup stations in dixie to sell bio algadiesel to the public and any independant station that will buy. They'll have to go up against EXXON. I own millions of shares as a penny play, and I mean play! They did a 1:1 freebe and thats all the shares you see being sold. I hear they are about out of shares and I'm hoping for an explosion. They will fill you at the Bid price .0001.

GSPI, Green Star been watching for a month as it spiked and wanted in below @ .015 and here we are. Just wish I had a crystal ball. .013 or lower will be a great entry point. They make bio lubricants and some eco electric car. They are one of the first and actualy produce the end product as many are selling thier systems. Volume has died on this stock, I'm looking to get in.

Psud Petrosun inc, They drop some big names in thier Prs, they are into natural gas and oil but now knee deep in algae as a food stock for animals, solient gren comes you a resturant near you. Biofuel bandwagon. Again watched the last run and wanted in @ .06 or below. Volume has died on this one.

All say they want to clean the World and make us all green till we puke. After BEHL's day this entire sector will be on fire. These are all I have the ability to follow and be checking yours out as well. Its a good cheap product and the same thing we are buring in our cars today, Just this is new algae not the 50Billion year old stuff we are pumping out of the ground. You think if we become Fuel independant in the US, the rest of the World will start to like us?
God knows where this will all go as I keep hearing oil is on a slide down. So trade for free shares and make some money.

Thanks Fink! Any thoughts on CICS?
post #9 of 20
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Does Joule Biotechnologies Hold the Key to Our Biofuel Future?

Privately Held Company, but nice illustration and current news worth reading as well....




http://www.fastcompany.com/blog/arie...biofuel-future

http://www.joulebio.com/news
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Bipartisan House Bill Would Include Algae in RFS

Advanced biofuels producers have been scaling up new technologies to meet the RFS, which calls for production and blending of up to 21 billion gallons of renewable fuels from non-food sources by 2022.

"Policymakers' inclusion of algae with other feedstocks is a really positive step," said Mary Rosenthal, executive director of the Algal Biomass Organization. "It's an additional endorsement that algae is a real feedstock for biofuels."

"This will encourage investors that there is a real industry here even before it is completely commercialized," Rosenthal said.

The new legislation would also establish a tax credit for algae-derived fuel producers. That part of the bill is similar to a measure introduced last session that would have extended renewable-energy tax credits to algae-based fuels.

http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2009/08...n-r-45662.html
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GREEN GOLD!!!

ExxonMobil, DNA pioneer Hook Up To Cook Up Algae Biofuel

As oil prices continue to fluctuate like a hooker on a Navy base,Exxon/Mobile is sensing a sea change. Pond change, actually, as the oil conglomerate is wading into the pond scum business big time. Yep, Green Gold, ditch snot's looking to figure large in ExxonMobile's future

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/276901
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$10 million algae contest soon to launch

Algae-to-fuel technology research and development will literally become a race for a $10 million purse when the Algae Fuel Prize gets launched in the next few months. Matt Peak, director of technology ventures for Prize Capital LLC said the company is closing on sponsorships now. “We’re anticipating it will be launched before the end of the year.”

The draft outline of the contest calls for a $10 million award to the team that produces the most finished renewable diesel fuel per acre of land between Jan. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2013, with a minimum of 3,000 net-gallons produced at a cost of no more than $3 per gallon. A champion racing prize series will be part of the challenge, with competitors racing in standard, uniform, sponsor-provided, diesel-powered cars at world-class raceways. Competitors will provide their cars with five days average fuel production (averaged from the preceding 12 months) from the equivalent of one acre of land. The competitor that travels the greatest distance while averaging a speed faster than 100 miles per hour wins $1 million, $2 million and $5 million in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

The draft rules of the contest are posted on the Prize Capital Web site, along with videos and documents describing the process followed in developing the contest parameters and the rationale behind holding the contest.

http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/art...rticle_id=3638
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There's 56 Startups Working On Algae Biofuels

http://www.businessinsider.com/there...iofuels-2009-8
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W2 Energy completes algae bioreactor

http://www.energycurrent.com/index.p...&storyid=19847
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Algae: From Biotech to Frankenfuels?

http://blogs.wsj.com/environmentalca...-frankenfuels/
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Boeing Hydroplane Makes First 100% Biofuel Test Run

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009...l-test-run.php
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Finally found an algae stock that isn't a penny POS:

Martek Biosciences MATK, NYSE listed, closed today $23.42. EPS 1.21 (that's right, real earnings) 33.2 million shares, ave vol 266k

Check out this article on seeking alpha:

"A small number of firms like Solazyme and Martek Biosciences (MATK), however, assert that the only way to grow massive amounts of algae economically is to put select species in fermentation kettles and force feed them algae.

BP gave a nod to the fermentation camp today when it announced a $10 million dollar deal with Martek to study techniques for growing algae through fermentation for fuel production. Martek is one of the older and larger algae companies on the market. To date, however, it has grown algae for nutraceuticals and baby foods."

http://seekingalpha.com/article/1554...le_lb_articles
post #18 of 20
Excellent Watchlist. Thank you very much!
Quote:
Its a good cheap product and the same thing we are buring in our cars today, Just this is new algae not the 50Billion year old stuff we are pumping out of the ground.
Very good point to keep in mind. I think I very well might take your advice: make some free shares and then give it a chance to be a lotto play.
post #19 of 20

While I think that it is still too soon to make more than a random guess about whether or not Algae Biofuel is a winning concept, I am confident that Solazyme (which went public this summer as SZYM) is a winning investment. In fact it may be the only algae-oil play to make an impact in the market for some time. The difference for Solazyme is that their proprietary approach to algae-oil allows them to tailor the resulting oils for different markets. Already they have active distribution of high-margin cosmetics and food products based on their oils. They are also working with DOW on specialty lubricant oils and even have a jet fuel deal with the U.S. Navy and Qantas. That is a lot of ways for Solazyme to win and I like their plan of working with leading speciality distributors to wedge themselves into the marketplace. I averaged into the stock during the first week of trading and am already sitting on a nice gain, but I strongly feel that this is just the beginning of a multi-year uptrend.

 

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Old thread on a sector which in my opinion could prove to be a very good investment over the next couple of years. I thought I'd revive it with some thoughts on Solazyme (SZYM) and your comments would be appreciated.

 

Lots of discussions going on at the moment on this company. Is this type of bio fuel just another ethanol bubble that will not be financially viable once they gear up the production? Will they be able to source enough feedstock to ramp up production to satisfy future demand? Will they (and other similar companies) be able to attract investors when most, if not all, profit needs to be reinvested and used for expansion of facilities, research etc?

 

On a positive note (I guess?) SZYM is developing three main revenue streams:

 

1. Bio fuel

2. Oil for dietary products

3. Industrial chemicals

 

They recently entered a deal with Dynamic Fuels LLC (Tyson Foods Inc. and Syntroleum Corp. joint venture) to supply the US Navy with 400.000 gallons of alternative fuel sold at $26 a gallon. If successful, could this lead to more, bigger, future contracts with the US government?

 

Sales growth for 2012 is estimated to increase by 43%.

 

They will add production capacity in 2013 and 2015.

 

 

Comments?

 

 

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