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inform August 2009, Vol. 20 (8) 511 Briefs The European Commission (EC) pro- Biofuels News posal to impose anti-dumping duties on US biodiesel was adopted by EC finance ministers and took effect July 12, 2009 (see inform 20:420, 2009). Duties will range from $1.40 to $2.50 per gallon and may last up to five years. The European Biodiesel Board con- tended that US biodiesel marketed in Europe over the past two years had been sold at a discount, jeopardizing the European Union biodiesel indus- try. nnn At the inaugural meeting of the Euro- pean Algae Biomass Association (EABA) held in June in Florence, Italy, Raffaello Garofalo, the executive direc- tor of the EABA, told Reuters news service that manufacture of biofuels from algae “will happen in the longer term, 10 to 15 years.” He added, “There are still challenges and prob- • Emphasize co-product capture and lems to resolve.” He also indicated that at present biodiesel made from GENERAL marketability to maximize revenue generation. Triacylglycerols repre- algae costs 10–30 times more than sent a relatively small portion of algae- traditional biofuels. However, salable by-products could bring down the Economics of related revenue opportunities. Of the producing biofuels material produced in an algal biofu- overall price. els system, 50–80% will be something from algae other than oils used for biofuel. nnn • Aggressively develop technologies and The US Department of Energy (DOE) processes that significantly improve released a Request for Information on June total algae yields without dramatically 3, 2009, regarding its National Algal Bio- increasing costs. fuels Technology Roadmap. In response, • Reduce total capital costs, through Phillip Brown, president and chief operat- advanced technology, of algae pro- ing officer of Diversified Energy (Gilbert, duction and harvesting. Components Arizona, USA), placed on the company’s having the greatest impact on capital website a document entitled “A Commer- costs are the algae growth system, cial Economics Perspective.” According to water management/harvesting/extrac- Brown, priorities in developing and com- tion, and CO2 delivery infrastructure. mercializing algal biofuels should be the Brown’s comments may be down- following: loaded in a pdf format from www. The Donald Danforth Plant Science • Focus research and development diversified-energy.com/index.cfm?s_ Center (St. Louis, Missouri, USA) webAction=pressRoom, in a press release and GeoSynFuels, LLC (GSF; Golden, activities on minimizing operations and maintenance (O&M) costs for dated June 22, 2009. Colorado, USA) have formed a joint venture called Agrius BioForms LLC algae production systems. His anal- (ABF) to produce low-cost proteins ysis showed that utilities (electricity, water, etc.), CO2, maintenance of the
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