Shrimp to biofuel ponds

To grow algae pond rather than shrimp farms seems like a big jump. However in Gila Bend an Arizona shrimp farmer Gary Wood of Desert Sweet Biofuels is counting on growing biofuel into a bigger business than growing shrimp.

The 50 former shrimp ponds don’t look like much now — just pits filled with murky water. But Wood said soon th is ponds will look like beautiful like bubbling pools of split pea scum like soup teeming with algae soon to be transformed into fuel.

Don’t drill grow your fuel instead. Decrease your carbon foot print and add more oxygen to the air. That is a winner.

“With biodiesel prices at $4.81 a gallon, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, Wood hopes to produce it for less than $3 a gallon.
Gary believes his algae ponds farm could produce 5,000 gallons of biofuel per acre in two years, and he expects the first gallons of biofuel to be ready in three to four months.
Algae is transformed into biofuels by pressing the oil out of the algae and then adding lye, sodium and ethanol as a catalyst to make the fuel more pure. The lye, sodium and ethanol can be reused.

Using seaweed to produce biofuel makes great econimic sense because a food crop like corn, soybeans odr palm oil does not need to be used. It is also easy on the environmental. because growing algae does not use agriculturally fertile land, no pesticides or fresh water. It can be grown in reclaimed or treated wastewater.
But Desert Sweet Biofuels is moving ahead optimistically, and this
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image from Az Daily Star article


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