Solar Bio-oil from waste, sunshine & microalgae
Phycofeeds uses concentrated solar power to convert waste biomass into biofuels and fertiliser. Phycofeeds re-shapes the energy balance to favour an efficient production system with solar heat, waste nutrients and microalgae harvesting in a cost-effective biofuel production system.
• To produce a higher energy return from combustion than total energy inputs to produce the biofuel.
• To be the same price or better value than conventional fuels.
• To produce sufficient volumes for market demands.
Why use microalgae?
Microalgae convert solar energy to chemical energy with efficiency of 10–50 times greater than plants on land. They can be grown on disused or non-agricultural land and produce useful oils.
Farming microalgae for lower value biofuels rather than feed or functional biomolecules requires removing higher production input costs of nutrients and energy.
Phycofeeds uses waste nutrients and 'free' solar energy.
Crude oil is derived from ancient sources of marine microalgae. Ancient algae trapped within receiving geological rock formations, pressure, heat and time formed petroleum which powers and empowers our modern day lives.
Fossil fuel energy today is the remnants of ancient sunshine energy of yesterday. Transport can use either non-sustainable petroleum fuels or renewable biofuels. Biofuels recycle atmospheric carbon dioxide, delaying post-combustion emissions.