Current Project phase:

  • 1 1: Initiate Phase
  • 2 2: Nominate Phase
  • 3 3: Improve Phase
  • 4 4: Triumph Phase
  • 5 5: Accelerate Phase
  • 6 6: Make it Happen Phase
Track: Start-up
Topics: Energy
Location: United States

Reversing Climate Change

Reversing Climate Change


Long Description

This submission to the Climate Change Challenge outlines a new, innovative procedure for manufacturing hydrocarbon-based transportation fuels that (A) is cost-competitive with alternative, existing fuels, and therefore will lead to less consumption of these fuels and lessen concerns about running out of the fuels; (B) releases significantly less carbon dioxide (CO2) than these alternative fuels; (C) utilizes much of the existing fuel processing and distribution channels, thereby further reducing costs to introduce this technology.

The procedure involves a novel methodology for the growing of certain algae strains to yield hydrocarbon oils, which will then be processed into biodiesel products (gasoline, kerosene, etc.) Part of the novelty of this invention is the process whereby heat (from the sun, i.e. this is a solar energy modification of an existing system) is introduced into the “green manufacturing process”.

Review of the literature indicates that existing systems produce gasoline from algae at approximately $35 per gallon (wholesale), clearly non-competitive with today’s retail costs of regular gasoline in the range of $3.00 – $3.50 per gallon. By comparison, using a system based on our technology as summarized above, a yield of gasoline at or below these $3.00+ figures should be achievable. Add to this the appeal of no longer having to rely upon a diminishing supply of raw petroleum resources in the ground, we believe that the present invention is a solid “winner” by any measure.

We believe that this technology will be eligible for protection via the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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