Manufacturers Pressurized to Develop Sustainable Technology in Algae Biofuel Production, says Market.us
The industry is likely to be able to take advantage of the high potential for algae to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as well as drop-in algae biofuel and hydrocarbons.
Over the past decade, the algae industry has struggled to maintain itself in the biofuel market. Decommissioning major algae commercial projects have also impeded industry growth. The product is still a viable option, provided that the manufacturers can overcome the major barriers to raw material manufacturing, capital costs, and production volume.
Algae’s high potential to replace traditional biofuel raw materials and the U.S. government mandates are expected to open up new avenues for product development, which will be adopted by other regions in the future.
To reduce their dependence on suppliers of raw materials, the sector’s companies will be expected to integrate across the value chain. The industry expects to see collaborations and partnerships between manufacturers to produce large volumes of products at competitive prices.
According to Market.us, “The Algae Biofuel Market is estimated to reach USD 16,893.76 million by 2032, up from USD 7,611 million in 2022.”
Manufacturers will be forced to invest more in R&D for sustainable algal fuel production technology as a result of the introduction of biofuel mandates around the globe. In 2016, the United States produced more than 1.14 billion gallons of biofuels made from various feedstocks, including animal fats and regenerated seeds.
There are many start-ups in the market. Due to its high level of government support and low technological barriers, the majority of these companies are located in North America.
Algal biofuels are a great alternative to corn stover, corn, cassava, and corn because of their high yield. Algae require less carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight than other products like corn, soybeans, sugarcane, and sunflower. This stimulates their growth. Algae can also produce between 5,000 and 20,000 gallons per square foot of oil annually. These factors will drive market growth in the future.
Gaurav Yadav, a senior research analyst at Market.us, said,” The market for algae biofuels will also be driven by the rising demand for renewable fuels. Due to numerous research studies, consumers are becoming more aware of renewable energy sources.”
Government initiatives such as subsidies for renewable energy production and usage, funding for research & innovation in breakthrough technologies, best practices, or other incentives are expected to encourage power producers to switch to clean energy sources. This will boost the market growth.
Large-scale production is not possible due to high production costs. This will likely slow down market growth during the forecast period. Algae oil extraction is another problem in the market for algae biofuels. There are three main methods to extract algae oil currently: hexane and CO2 fluid extraction.
These technologies are highly efficient in producing algal oil, but they are very expensive. These technologies require high energy consumption and expensive equipment which can increase the cost of the final product. These processes will not be able to produce large quantities at low cost over the forecast period, which will slow down market growth.
Government initiatives like tax incentives and capacity expansion are expected to boost the growth of biodiesel. Biodiesel, a high-energy fuel, reduces both the risk of energy insecurity and pollution from fossil fuels.
Brazil, Germany and the U.S. have all introduced tax incentives to increase biofuel production. Countries like France, Germany and Spain allow for a limited amount of biodiesel production.
Manufacturers will be encouraged to invest in research and development to create low-cost renewable fuels due to the growing demand for biofuels in heavy-duty trucks, commercial vehicles, and passenger cars. These factors will provide new opportunities for transportation growth during the forecast period.
Manufacturers will need to increase their R&D investments to create low-cost renewable fuels. This is due to the growing demand for biofuel in road transport applications such as small trucks, minivans, and light-duty vehicles. These factors will open up new markets for product growth in transport applications during the forecast period.
Segmentation of the algae biofuel market can be done based on two main applications: transportation and industrial. Because of the potential for algae to replace petrol and diesel products, transportation is expected to dominate the market.
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