Biofuels

Azolla Biosystems has designed an integrated process that generates biofuels from both algae and Azolla.

Azolla flow chart

The Arctic Coring Expendition (ACEX)

In 2004, the Arctic Coring Expedition discovered a layer of fossil Azolla in Lomonosov Ridge sediments beneath the North Pole. These were deposited 50 million years ago during the ‘Arctic Azolla Event‘ as featured in National Geographic.

Its potential as a petroleum source rock beneath the Arctic Ocean was also reported in the New York Times.

Who owns the Arctic? Left: Time Magazine October 2007. Right: Environmental Law Prof Blog

Who owns the Arctic? Left: Time Magazine October 2007. Right: Environmental Law Prof Blog.

Azolla-Algal Biofuel (AAB)

Azolla plants that live today are also a significant biofuel source and we have developed various techniques to convert Azolla’s biomass into biofuel, including methods to maximize its bio-oil potential.

The enriched-nitrogen water that is a bi-product of Azolla’s sequestration is also used to fertilize algal growth, making the production of algal biofuel more efficient and cost-effective.

This synergy provides a combined Azolla-Algal Biofuel (AAB) product that is be available locally anywhere in the world, without the need for long-distance transportation of non-renewable petroleum products that drive today’s energy infrastructure.

Our process for converting Azolla and algae to biofuel is presently confidential.