Each day, the United States alone consumes an astounding 1 billion gallons of fossil fuel. How many pounds of CO2 emissions does this lead to annually? 300 trillion.
Don’t let these astronomical numbers make you feel that you can’t have an impact. We must all act fast to replace fossil fuels with a sustainable option to help prevent the harmful effects of forecasted climate change.
People ask: What about electric cars? Solar panels? Those giant windmills you see in the distance? These are all great efforts towards a more sustainable world. There is no denying it. However, the problem is that over 80% of our energy usage comes directly from fossil fuels, and no electric solutions currently exist to replace many of the heaviest contributors: long-distance air travel, shipping, heavy industry, and more. In fact, only 0.1% of transportation is actually powered by electricity.
That is where our sustainable, eco-friendly, environment-saving hero comes in. Say hello to biofuel.
A Modern-Day Hero: Biofuel
Biofuel is a replacement to nonrenewable fossil fuels and derived from a form of biomass (plant material, algae, or animal waste). Since these resources are generated readily and naturally, biofuel is a completely renewable energy source.
Two main players in the biofuels industry are ethanol and biodiesel, but they’re limited on being a complete and reliable replacement of fossil fuels. These traditional forms require extensive subsidies, and are chemically different from fossil fuel, meaning they cannot actually eliminate fossil fuels from the economy.
These gaps set the stage for the development of algae biofuel. Here’s how it works:
- Grow. At Manta Biofuel, algae is grown in shallow, open ponds in a similar fashion to how rice is grown in paddies. The growth method is used across many industries, such as shrimp farming and wastewater treatment facilities.
- Harvest. The algae is collected from the ponds using a patented magnetic harvesting technology, consisting of magnetic beads being injected into the algae-dense water and binding to the algae before being pulled out by larger magnets.
- Convert. The algae conjugates are converted into crude oil using exposure to high temperature and pressure during a hydrothermal liquefaction process, similar to how fossil fuels are developed underground.
The result? Algae oil that can be used to make renewable replacements for all of the products that come from fossil fuels, including renewable gasoline, jet fuel, asphalt, bunker fuel, and heating oil.
The Benefits of Algae Biofuel
Oil created from algae biofuel has many key benefits:
- Can be used in existing liquid fuels infrastructure. Algal biofuel has the same chemical composition as fossil fuel crude oils, so you can make the switch without having to completely change your operating system.
- Net-negative CO2 emissions. Remember, we told you that you can make a difference in the global effects of CO2 emissions and climate change. Here’s where it happens. Completely eliminate the emissions from your crude oil usage by making the seamless switch to algae biofuel.
- No difference in price. The cost for using algae biofuel is the same as the costs of traditional fossil fuel usage. Translation: It doesn’t cost you any extra to save the world!
- Ready and available room to grow. There are currently over 100 million acres in the United States that are ideal for algae to grow and produce renewable biofuel, providing market expansion opportunities for the current agricultural landscape. Additionally, algae can double or triple its biomass in a single day. Because of its rapid growth rate, less land is required to foster its growth compared to other biofuel feedstocks.
The Manta Difference
If you’re a history buff, you know that others have tried producing algae biofuel and failed to achieve a process without huge expenses to make it worthwhile. But they approached the process by using highly-controlled environments. At Manta Biofuel, we’re not manufacturing algae—we’re farming it. We’re motivated by the success from our nation’s agriculture to make a system that takes advantage of natural processes and is simple, scalable, reliable, and affordable.
Ready for some more numbers? This time, much more optimistic. 2.75 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions could be avoided every year in the U.S. alone by using crude oil made from algae versus fossil fuels.
Become the hero that the world needs today, and make the switch to algae biofuel.