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Global Algae Producers, Projects, Ventures, Technologies, Investors, and Market Forecasts

The Algae 2020 study is a fact-filled guide designed for investors, producers, entrepreneurs, governments, researchers, consultants and executives. 

Algae 2020
provides a comprehensive roadmap for the commercialization of sustainable fuels, feeds, food, fiber, biochems and biomass markets based on site visits with more than 40 organizations.

Algae 2020
provides detailed case studies of leading companies, projects, ventures, public-private partnerships, research labs, and provides a set of scenarios, business strategies, market forecasts and an outlook for algal fuel, feed, food, fiber, biochems and nutrition commercialization to the year 2020.


Algae for Emerging Fuels, Feed, Food, Fiber and Nutrition Needs
The key findings from Emerging Markets’ continuing R&D efforts in Algae Biomass development reveal four common elements are critical for any algae company to attract investment and survive in uncertain regulatory and market conditions.



The companies that have successfully attracted capital and graduated from the lab into pilot and demonstration projects have four fundamental elements in common:

1. A diversified portfolio of fuels, advanced biofuels, drop-in fuels, feed, food, fiber,
biojet fuel, green chemicals and biopolymers.

2. The ability to demonstrate proof of concept to investors beyond the lab/bench scale.

3. The production of advanced biofuels and fungible drop-in fuels.

4. Many utilizing thermochemical systems engineering platforms, or molecular biology approaches.


Forty Site Visits, Conclusions Published in Algae 2020 Vol 2
Why are some algae companies attracting capital, and scaling up their enterprises while others continue to peer into the “valley of death” from the laboratory to the pilot phase?

From 2008 through 2013, Emerging Markets Online (EMO) set out to find how leading companies in the algae business are beating the odds and adapting to rapid changes in markets, regulations and technologies. Over the course of four years, EMO visited with dozens of algae producing facilities, laboratories and pre-commercial projects to find out what it takes to qualify for investment and gain an advantage as an aspiring algae producer.



During this time, EMO also ran collaborative R&D workshops and participatory webinars with support from leading minds from the Biofuels Digest, the American Biofuels Council, the National Algae Association, Biofuels International, start-up incubator the Houston Technology Center; winners of government grants for US DARPA and DOE contracts, as well as thoughtful guidance and insight from members of the Algal Biomass Organization, the European Algae Biomass Association, the National Biodiesel Board, and every major oil and gas company invested in the algae industry.

In short, the endeavor spanned stakeholders in nearly every aspect of the algal biomass business. Biofuels Digest Editor Jim Lane provided a foreword and guidance on leaders in advanced biofuels companies and insights on business models for growth. The results were published in Algae 2020, a strategic guide for investors and technology developers in 2009, and published more recent findings Algae 2020 Vol 2.


Emerging Markets for Fuel, Feed, Food, Fiber and Nutrition
In a world of fast-changing regulations, there is a lot at stake in the biofuels arena. In 2013 and for several years in a row, continuing uncertainty and impending sustainability criteria in the EU and U.S. first generation biodiesel and ethanol markets are effectively limiting the growth of traditional biodiesel and ethanol markets.



The full impact of these regulations in the EU and the U.S. continues to present a major risk for first-generation biofuels stakeholders. In the capital markets, investors have far more confidence in market demand as a measure of long-term opportunity in transport fuels and petrochemical derivatives. For this reason, the early leaders in advanced algae and microbial fuels are diversifying into portfolio strategies.

Over the next decade, the U.S., EU and the big emerging markets of China, India, Brazil and Africa will demand more energy, fuel, feed and fiber. Governments and investors are keen to see more algae producers rise to the challenge, demonstrate proof of concept, and deliver on promises for advanced biofuels, drop-in fuels, feed, food, fiber and nutritional products.

Investment Trends: Experience Matters
To meet the specs for advanced drop-in fuels, petrochemical engineers will tell you every molecule counts. In response, molecular biology pioneers are leading the charge in developing platforms from algae, cyanobacteria, and microbes to turn carbohydrates (biomass) into hydrocarbons (fuels). This is one of the reasons Sapphire Energy has attracted more than $100 million in investment on the concept of green gasoline and aviation, and why Solazyme has been successful in attracting more than $100 million by deploying a diverse platform for producing drop-in aviation fuels, green diesel, green chemical and polymers and biodiesel.

This trend also explains BP’s $10 million investment in experienced algae producer Martek, and Exxon-Mobil’s unprecedented $600 million collaborative R&D venture with Synthetic Genomics to create drop-in fuels and biochemical products from advanced molecular and biochemical engineering methods.

 


 
Summary, Contents and
Order Form (
PDF, 3MB)

Global Algae Producers, Projects, Ventures, Technologies, Investors, and Market Forecasts

The Algae 2020 study is a fact-filled guide designed for investors, producers, entrepreneurs, governments, researchers, consultants and executives.  Algae 2020 provides a comprehensive roadmap for the commercialization of biofuels, drop-in fuels, biochems and biomass markets based on site visits with more than 40 organizations.

Algae 2020
provides detailed case studies of leading companies, projects, ventures, public-private partnerships, research labs, and provides a set of scenarios, business strategies, market forecasts and an outlook for algal biofuels and biomass product commercialization to the year 2020.
 

To order: Email:  info@emerging-markets.com or Tel:  +1 713 429 4905

 Media Coverage of the Algae 2020 Survey

Excerpts of findings from the Algae 2020 study have been featured in Forbes Magazine, Biofuels International, the Biofuels Digest, Renewable Energy World, The Houston Chronicle, and the Daily Telegraph UK.


About Emerging Markets Online

Founded in 1997, Emerging Markets Online is a leading algae and alternative fuels consulting services, and market research firm. Emerging Markets Online specializes in serving clients by focusing on the future of algae, advanced biofuels, drop-In fuels, biodiesel, Bio-GTL, markets, trends and forecasts.

Emerging Markets Online has been the recipient of Forbes Magazine’s prestigious “Best of The Web” award seven times consecutively. 

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http://www.emerging-markets.com or call +1 713 429 4905
 

 


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