Algae.Tec Using Shipping Containers to Grow Algae

Algaetecbioreactor1When it comes to alternatives to some of the more conventional sources of oils for biofuels, many companies are looking to go green. And some, such as the folks at Algae.Tec, are looking to green shipping containers to grow a literal green feedstock.

“What we wanted was a significant bulk outcome, in other words fuels and possibly food, producing the algae for cents on the liter, where many of the pond solutions [cost] dollars per liter to make it work,” explains Roger Stroud, the Executive Chairman of the Australia-based company. He says Algae.Tec’s enclosed photo-bioreactor contained in 40-foot shipping containers is a way to produce the green pond scum for those pennies of what it costs in open-air ponds. And they’re looking at producing biodiesel, jet fuels, and even food sources from the algae grown. But Stroud says they are still working on the commercialization process with demonstration projects just south of Sydney, as well as research and development in Atlanta, Georgia. “We’re confident in the outcome.”

rogerstroud1So why is Stroud so confident their system will be successful? Well, besides the testing and work they’ve done, he’s Australian, and that means he’s used to having to do big things against sometimes great odds. “Although [Australia] is a large continent, we’ve got [a small population]. So, we tend to be on the outside looking in, where in the U.S., you tend to be on the inside looking out,” and Australians have to look more to the world economy. That’s why Algae.Tec has worked vigorously to network globally. Projects pending in Brazil and Texas, as well as one in New South Wales, point to that global reach. Plus, he’s encouraged by the Americans’ commitment to algae and biofuels. It all comes down to the Australian, and maybe the algae industry’s, way of making the best of the opportunity that comes your way.

“We’re focused on our task, and we believe we can achieve a profitable outcome, given time.”

Listen to Joanna’s interview with Roger here: Interview with Roger Stroud, Algae.Tec

2 thoughts on “Algae.Tec Using Shipping Containers to Grow Algae

  1. I love this company. Have been watching them for a while. Lux Research recently said they were the only dominant algae biofuel company in the world at the moment. They have a huge future and I wish them all the best in helping to clean up some of our pollution and fuel problems.

  2. Sue : if you’ve been watching AlgaeTec for a while, then you will probably be aware that Stroud has been involved with two previous and failed biodiesel companies. You should also (1) ask yourself if you understand the process technology that AlgaeTec claim to have (2) have a look at Stroud’s patent (3) have at look at their 2012 accounts (4) think very carefully about statements about being able to reduce the required land area of a factor 10. Have a look at Sapphire Energy instead.