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REPLENISH ENERGY is the Micro-algae based fuel program of Bio-Lipids of Puerto Rico, a private innovation company. Micro-algae are the World’s most efficient renewable energy source currently available. It can deliver 48,000 Kilowatts of electricity per million dollars capital invested; this compares to 470 Kw for solar panels and 1,300 Kw for wind turbines.1 Micro-algae also outperform all other land-based biomass with fourteen times greater bio-fuel yield per acre than sugarcane ethanol and two hundred times greater than soybean oil.
Our efforts consist of culturing micro-algae in saltwater ponds for the production of pure vegetable oil, a bio-fuel used directly in nearby electric power plants. Puerto Rico is 99% dependent on fossil fuels for electricity production – over 70% is from petroleum.
The local Power Authority imports 31 million barrels of oil annually, a $1.7 Billion market opportunity. Bio-lipids will provide a renewable, carbon-negative fuel to either substitute or blend with fuel oil or diesel at well below current petroleum prices. Micro-algae oil is a carbon sink; the oil produced consumes more CO2 than is released by burning. In a symbiotic advantage, parallel to the ponds used to grow micro-algae are other ponds of Tilapia fish and shrimp. Nutrients are recycled. Our system actually produces renewable energy PLUS Certified Organic seafood.
This energy model can be replicated throughout the world. Replenish Energy is a reality today, with the help of government and private funding, it will lead the way as one of the Twenty-first Century’s sustainable and replenished energy sources.
Jorge Gaskins Alcott
Administrative Director (CEO)
We will be Certified Organic according to USA and International regulations: No Genetically Modified Organisms will be used.
We have specialized in a production design that optimally recycles nutrients throughout the systems.
We will produce Certified Organic Seafood, fertilizer and animal feed as well as Omega-3 rich oil for human consumption and as a boiler bio-fuel. These diversified income streams will mitigate the risks associated with an alternative energy start-up venture.
The location of the Bio-Lípidos de Puerto Rico Pilot Plant at the Eureka Marine Farm at Dorado, Puerto Rico is an optimum choice for climate, access to filtered ocean saltwater, and existing infrastructure of ponds, wells, roads and drainage channels. We are a “shovel-ready” project which will be in algae production within four months and extracting oil by month nine.
The venture has received a wide array of endorsements, all Puerto Rican environmental permits, and awards from THE ECONOMIST magazine’s Carbon Summit and CLEANtech’s People’s Award for Innovation.
Bio-Lípidos de Puerto Rico has developed academic alliances with the University of Georgia and its Engineering Outreach Service and the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras particularly its Natural Sciences College. The Biomass Pilot Plant of UGA was recently transferred to UPR to be installed at Eureka with the help of the venture’s two strategic partners the Bacardi Corporation and PREPA, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, the largest public utility in the United States.
The venture has developed valuable Intellectual Property in the following areas:
Hybrid micro-algae culture system employing a selected strain lot production system integrating laboratory, inoculants production in covered nursery and out-door pond and open pond systems;
Novel metabolic triggers to induce lipid production;
Proprietary algae harvest and de-watering equipment;
Recycling of nutrient and oxygen-rich water to poly-culture ponds of Tilapia fish and shrimp;
Recycling of nitrogenous organic wastes from aquaculture ponds via a bio-digester back to fertilize micro-algae ponds;
Use of algae bio-solids as organic soluble fertilizer as well as a protein-rich ingredient for Certified Organic animal feeds;
Farm gate sale of Pure Algal Oil as boiler fuel for nearby PREPA Power Plants; and
Further refining of chlorella solids and Omega-3 rich algal oil as ingredients for nutriceutical and pharmaceutical products.
The Omega-3 Advantage
Bio-Lipid oil does not necessarily contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Depending on the source of the oil, the quantity of Omega-3 may vary from zero to up to 90%. People have the tendency to say that all bio-lipid oil derived from plants is Omega-3 oil. Actually, the important parts of bio-lipid oil can be broken down into three categories: The amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). From an absolute perspective, DHA is extremely important to brain and nerve development, proper eye development and primary organ functions. In addition, the ratio of Omega-6 (n6) to Omega-3 (n3) is an important health factor.
Paleolithic nutrition maintained a ratio of 1:1 compared to today’s diet which varies between 9:1 and 17:1. The closer these two numbers are together, the more likely that better health will result. Less artherial sclorosis, heart disease, diabetes and cancer will result.
The American and Canadian diet consists of a high intake of meat, saturated fatty foods and fried foods, cooked in a high Omega-6 vegetable oil. This increases the gap between the two numbers in the ratio. The US Institute of Medicine advises a ratio of 5:1.
Omega-3 can essentially be measured by the component ALA. This component can be synthesized into EPA and ultimately DHA. The human body can not make ALA or Omega-3. We must take in ALA from natural sources, for proper human development. The problem is that the intake of high levels of Omega-6 promotes the production of arachidonic acid which raises the level of EPA. Raised levels of EPA increase the inflammatory response in our bodies as well as contribute to hardening of the arteries.
Micro-algae is the highest producing source of ALA on the planet. It is essential for not only human development, but for all proper animal (and fish) development. The advantage we perceive from consuming fish (particularly those that are have a high oil content) is a result of the fish’s diet. For example: a salmon is perceived to be rich in Omega-3 lipid oil. Salmon eat smaller fish which eat even smaller fish, which eat micro-algae. This is where the bio-lipid oil Omega-3 comes from. Bio-Lipids Puerto Rico, will produce 100% pure bio-lipid oil from micro algae that can be used as a food additive to animal or fish food, can be used to produce bio-fuel or can be consumed as a neutraceutical or as an additive to pharmaceutical grade baby formula or health supplements.
Coldwater ocean fish sources of Omega-3 oil are increasingly suspect as Methyl Mercury and PCB contamination is present even in the most remote areas of the Artic Ocean. The micro-algae oil production projected for Puerto Rico avoids these risks of pollution and is in fact destined for USDA Certified Organic status.
May 14th, 2011, 05:53 AM
Puerto Rico testing tiny algae as energy source
Puerto Rico is embarking on a test project for converting algae to oil as part of a campaign to lessen the U.S. territory's dependence on expensive imported oil.
A local company running the program that was announced Thursday said it expects to harvest eight types of algae from more than 2,000 acres (809 hectares) at an abandoned shrimp farm it is taking over in the northern coastal city of Dorado.
Puerto Rico's power company, the Electric Energy Authority, will mix the algae oil produced by the project with diesel and other types of fuel to produce electricity, agency spokesman Carlos Monroig said.
The goal is to produce more than 2 million gallons of oil a year.
"This is a first step," Monroig said. "We have to lower the price of fuel and power."
Puerto Rico depends on oil-fired power plants for 70 percent of its electricity, and the government has been seeking alternate energy sources, including natural gas.
Bio-Lipids of Puerto Rico, the company running the algae conversion project, said it expects to begin harvesting algae in four months and start extracting oil from the microorganisms in eight months.
Workers will infuse the algae fields with carbon dioxide gas extracted from the Bacardi rum company's fermentation process and from the state power authority's electricity plants.
Company CEO Jorge Gaskins said he has done small-scale algae projects in Brazil and the United States over the past six years.
The yearlong project is budgeted at $10 million, but the first phase is starting with $1.6 million.
Puerto Rico's energy authority has pledged $1 million, and $600,000 has been put up by the National Science Foundation, Bacardi and several universities, Gaskins said.
May 14th, 2011, 05:59 AM
Puerto Rico buscará aprovechar algas como fuente de energía (http://www.eluniverso.com/2010/09/09/1/1430/puerto-rico-buscara-aprovechar-algas-como-fuente-energia.html?p=1430&m=1300)
AP | SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
Una empresa puertorriqueña anunció el jueves un programa piloto con el que espera cosechar ocho tipos de microalgas con el fin de extraerles aceite para usarlo como combustible.
El plan de 10 millones de dólares impulsado por el Gobierno busca disminuir la dependencia de la isla del petróleo y reducir las facturas costosas.
La Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE) de Puerto Rico busca mezclar el aceite de las algas con diesel y otros tipos de combustible para producir electricidad, dijo el vocero de la empresa, Carlos Monroig.
Este es un primer paso, dijo. Tenemos que bajar el precio del combustible y de los energéticos, agregó.
En la actualidad, la isla depende del petróleo para alimentar las plantas que producen el 70% de su electricidad, por lo que el gobierno busca fuentes alternativas de energía, como el gas natural.
La empresa Bio-Lipids of Puerto Rico Incorporated espera producir algas en cuatro meses y empezar a extraerles aceite en ocho meses durante el proyecto de un año de duración, dijo a The Associated Press su director general, Jorge Gaskins.
La empresa espera cosechar las algas en una zona de más de 800 hectáreas (2.000 acres) de una granja camaronera abandonada en la norteña ciudad costera de Dorado, agregó.
La AEE se ha comprometido a donar un millón de dólares para el proyecto, que se sumarán a otros 600.000 dólares procedentes hasta el momento de inversores privados como la Fundación Nacional de Ciencia, Bacardi y varias universidades, dijo Gaskins.
Los trabajadores alimentarán a las microalgas con dióxido de carbono extraído de la fermentación de las fábricas de Bacardi y de las plantas de la compañía eléctrica estatal.
El tipo de microalgas que se utilizará tiene un 60% o más de contenido de aceite, y los motores que usen el nuevo combustible tendrán un rendimiento de 80% de la extracción.
El 10% del aceite producido se venderá para uso farmacéutico, a pesar de que aún no se identifica un mercado que lo adquiera, añadió Gaskins.
May 14th, 2011, 06:01 AM
REPLENISH ENERGY SEES MICROALGAE AS THE KEY TO PUERTO RICO’S ENERGY INDEPENDENCE (http://www.energyboom.com/biofuels/replenish-energy-sees-microalgae-key-puerto-rico%E2%80%99s-energy-independence)
BY ALISON PRUITT ON DECEMBER 4, 2009
Quick! What’s the most efficient renewable energy source? Solar? Wind? Geothermal? Well, according to Replenish Energy, the answer is microalgae.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming! These tiny life forms can generate 48,000 kiloWatts of electricity per million dollars of capital invested, compared with 470 kW for solar panels and 1,300 kW for wind turbines. Microalgae also outperform all other land-based biomass with a fourteen times greater yield per acre than sugarcane ethanol and a two hundred times greater yield than soybean oil.
Replenish Energy, based in Puerto Rico, cultivates micro-algae in saltwater ponds for the production of pure vegetable oil, a bio-fuel used directly in nearby electric power plants. The process is a combination of low-tech organic agriculture coupled with microbiological science that creates a biofuel that can yield both power and food. The business will also enable sustainable farming of fish and seafood while lowering the cost of island power and reducing air pollution.
The microalgae create renewable, carbon-negative fuel to either substitute or blend with fuel oil or diesel at well below current petroleum prices. Microalgae oil is also a carbon sink; it consumes more CO2 than is released by burning. Puerto Rico imports 31 million barrels of oil annually and depends on oil for 98% of its power. Replenish sees the microalgae as a $1.7 Billion market opportunity.
Replenish Energy is a venture of Bio-Lipids of Puerto Rico Incorporated, a private innovation company developing bio-fuel for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), and for industrial partners such as the Bacardi Corporation. The Replenish Energy initiative has built alliances with community and environmental groups, and employs the scientific support and technical advice from the University of Georgia’s engineering faculty.
The company will create pilot plant operations on a 320 acre abandoned shrimp farm in Dorado, Puerto Rico. The plant will take advantage of the ocean seawater filtered through shallow wells and the year-round 12+ daily hours of sunlight-- and will draw from the organic wastes and CO2 produced by the nearby Bacardi Rum Distillery. These factors create near-optimum growing conditions for micro-algae photosynthesis. This energy model can be replicated throughout the world.
Recently, attendees at the Cleantech Open Expo and Awards Gala chose Replenish Energy as the winner of the 2009 Global Ideas Competition. Rosa Hilda Ramos, a program volunteer for Replenish Energy, accepted the award, saying, “What we have created is a perfect carbon-capture methodology. No toxins are used at any point in the process; a useful biofuel is created, along with a biomass that can be used to create humus or feedstock. Better still, Replenish Energy requires zero dedicated land for agriculture and no freshwater. It’s a fantastic solution that directly addresses a challenging ecological problem for our island.”
Separately, The Economist magazine has selected Replenish Energy as a top-10 finalist in the “Innovative Solutions in the Energy Sector” competition; the award will be presented at the 2009 Carbon Economy Summit in Washington, D.C.
May 15th, 2011, 03:19 AM
Trementa Idea!!! Ojala que se de! Esto lo apoyo 100% ojala el resto de los puertorriqueños agan lo mosmo :D ! Al igual que se oponen fuertemente a lo malo que apollen fuertemente a lo bueno :D
May 15th, 2011, 04:29 AM
Numeratzi, el proyecto SE ESTA DANDO!!
May 15th, 2011, 08:31 AM
Increible. No he visto desarrollo ni movimiento pero me parece bien. Dorado eesta bacan!
May 15th, 2011, 02:51 PM
quizas no haz visto movimiento porque es donde antes estaba el sitio de los camarones o lo que fuera:
May 16th, 2011, 12:03 AM
May 16th, 2011, 06:32 PM
WUJOOO se dioo! :D
May 18th, 2011, 08:22 PM
tremenda idea y lo mas que me gusta es que es una compañia local
May 19th, 2011, 05:20 AM
creo que es de Israel, draco.
May 19th, 2011, 09:17 PM
creo que es de Israel, draco.
no se de quien es la idea pero a lo que me referia es que lo esta ejecutando una compañia nativa....obvio que tiene inversionistas extranjeros