Algae biofuel

by Alex Kuretz on October 9, 2008 · 2 comments

in News

Like many of us today, I’ve got a pretty strong interest in alternative energy sources. I recently received an email that contained a link to a video that I found incredibly interesting about using algae to generate biofuels for various purposes.

From the email:

In January 2008, at a meeting of the Engineers Club of Sun City, Arizona, the local power company APS gave a presentation in which they explained their plans to build an algae-biofuel plant south of Phoenix, below Gila Bend. They were very upbeat about its possibilities. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel, after all!

Take a look at this video and pay particular attention to the very last statement made by the spokesman.

I think it’s amazing that more progress hasn’t been made in this area and the public is just now getting really worked up about it. I also believe that this is a huge technologically and economically developing area with massive potential for growth, similar to what has been seen from computers over the last couple of decades.

Along similar lines, energy conservation is one of the features of Windows Home Server and the MediaSmart Server that I often hear asked on the forums. Some people believe it is a bad idea to have their Home Server on 24/7 and look for ways to reduce the power consumption or put it to sleep. While this is a good idea in certain situations, I myself prefer to focus on the fact that having the server on allows me to put the rest of the computers in my home into Standby, knowing that my MediaSmart Server will wake them when it is time for a backup, and I always have access to the important files stored on the server. Putting 3+ computers and their multiple monitors to sleep saves drastic power consumption over the ~80 watts or so consumed by my Home Server.

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I'm Alex Kuretz, and I'm the founder of I was the Lead Test and Integration Engineer at HP for the MediaSmart Server until April 2008 when I moved on to other opportunities outside HP. I've kept active in the Windows Home Server community, creating several add-ins and helping users make the most of their Home Servers.


JohnBick October 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm

WOW!!!! THAT is impressive! At least it sounds impressive as presented; but is it really accurate? Hmmmm….

Michel October 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm

I think that algae biodiesel is the wave of the future with regards to alternative energy. After that comes
methane digesters to produce biogas. Then scrub or separate the CO2 from the methane gas and use that for growing more algae.

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