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2015 Algae Industry Survey

A survey of the algae industry conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) broadly shows high expectations for continued growth in the sector as well as increased production of a wide range of algae-derived products.

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2015 Algae Industry Survey
Conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization
February, 2015
www.algaebiomass.org | (877) 531-5512 | info@algaebiomass.org
Responses Across the Industry
230 respondents from across the industry
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NumberofResponses
Organization Type
I work for an organization that is: A company that produces or researches
algae-derived products (fuel, feed,
nutraqceuticals, bioplastics, chemicals, etc.)
A research laboratory with government
affiliation
A university or college
A company that is an end user of algae
products (a buyer of fuel, feed, chemicals,
plastics, nutritional products, fertilizers, etc.)
A company that supports the use of algae in
industry (transportation, consumer products,
chemicals, etc.)
An equipment or materials provider for the
algae industry
A government agency or department
(national or state)
A supplier of services to the algae industry
(legal services, accounting, other consultant,
etc.)
Survey Highlights: Significant Optimism
• Algae fuels, feeds, plastics and other
products will be price competitive within the
decade.
• Production and hiring will increase in both
the short and long term.
• Supportive federal policy would accelerate
hiring and production.
Industry insiders broadly believe that:
On Track to Price Competitiveness
• More than 75% say that algae based fuels can be cost competitive by
2020.
• More than 91% of producers say the price will be below $5.00 per gallon
by 2020.
Extremely
likely
10.2%
Very likely
14.4%
Moderately likely
28.9%
Slightly likely
22.5%
Unlikely
23.5%
Already competitive
0.5%
How likely is it that algae-based fuels will be cost-
competitive with fossil fuels by 2020?
On Track to Price Competitiveness
Less than
$1.50/gallon, 16%
$1.50-$3.00/gallon,
30%
$3.00-$5.00/gallon,
45%
$5.00-
$10.00/gallon,
9%
To the best of your knowledge, can you project
what your cost/gallon of algae-based fuel will be
in 2020?
91% say algae fuel will be less than $5.00/gal; 46% say less than $3.00/gal in 2020
Industry Pursuing Full Range of Algae
Products
Does your company or organization produce any of the following algal products? (select
all that apply)
Producers 2015
We do not directly produce algal products 26.5%
Energy and/or Fuel products 31.6%
Food and/or Agricultural products 46.8%
Health and/or Nutrition products 39.2%
Materials & Services (includes manufactured goods,
plastics, chemicals, wastewater treatment, etc.) 11.3%
Other 13.9%
Total 100%

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2015 Algae Industry Survey

  • 1. 2015 Algae Industry Survey Conducted by the Algae Biomass Organization February, 2015 www.algaebiomass.org | (877) 531-5512 | info@algaebiomass.org
  • 2. Responses Across the Industry 230 respondents from across the industry 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 NumberofResponses Organization Type I work for an organization that is: A company that produces or researches algae-derived products (fuel, feed, nutraqceuticals, bioplastics, chemicals, etc.) A research laboratory with government affiliation A university or college A company that is an end user of algae products (a buyer of fuel, feed, chemicals, plastics, nutritional products, fertilizers, etc.) A company that supports the use of algae in industry (transportation, consumer products, chemicals, etc.) An equipment or materials provider for the algae industry A government agency or department (national or state) A supplier of services to the algae industry (legal services, accounting, other consultant, etc.)
  • 3. Survey Highlights: Significant Optimism • Algae fuels, feeds, plastics and other products will be price competitive within the decade. • Production and hiring will increase in both the short and long term. • Supportive federal policy would accelerate hiring and production. Industry insiders broadly believe that:
  • 4. On Track to Price Competitiveness • More than 75% say that algae based fuels can be cost competitive by 2020. • More than 91% of producers say the price will be below $5.00 per gallon by 2020. Extremely likely 10.2% Very likely 14.4% Moderately likely 28.9% Slightly likely 22.5% Unlikely 23.5% Already competitive 0.5% How likely is it that algae-based fuels will be cost- competitive with fossil fuels by 2020?
  • 5. On Track to Price Competitiveness Less than $1.50/gallon, 16% $1.50-$3.00/gallon, 30% $3.00-$5.00/gallon, 45% $5.00- $10.00/gallon, 9% To the best of your knowledge, can you project what your cost/gallon of algae-based fuel will be in 2020? 91% say algae fuel will be less than $5.00/gal; 46% say less than $3.00/gal in 2020
  • 6. Industry Pursuing Full Range of Algae Products Does your company or organization produce any of the following algal products? (select all that apply) Producers 2015 We do not directly produce algal products 26.5% Energy and/or Fuel products 31.6% Food and/or Agricultural products 46.8% Health and/or Nutrition products 39.2% Materials & Services (includes manufactured goods, plastics, chemicals, wastewater treatment, etc.) 11.3% Other 13.9% Total 100%
  • 7. Competitive Feeds from Algae 97% say that algae based feeds will be commercially available in 2020. Extremely likely, 22.2% Very likely, 35.2%Moderately likely, 27.3% Slightly likely, 11.9% Unlikely, 3.4% Already competitive , 2.8% How likely is it that cost-competitive algae-based feeds in agriculture or aquaculture will be commercially available by 2020?
  • 8. More than 93% say that algae derived plastics or chemicals will be commercially available. Competitive Plastics and Chemicals Extremely likely, 14.4% Very likely, 28.7% Moderately likely, 33.1% Slightly likely, 16.0% Unlikely, 7.7% Already competitive, 0.6% How likely is it that cost-competitive bioplastics or biochemicals derived from algae will be commercially available by 2020?
  • 9. Capacity Continues to Expand • Production expansion is predicted; More than 70% of producers expect to expand production this year.
  • 10. Types of Jobs in Algae Industry • Executives • Scientists and researchers • Marketers and salespeople • Administrative, legal, human resources • Operations and production • Financing • Customer support • Student • Professor
  • 11. Continued Job Growth Ahead To the best of your knowledge, approximately how many people in your organization or company (or division) are directly working (or will be working) on algae-related business at the following times? Start of 2015 End of 2015 End of 2020 1-10 63.5% 56.1% 23.9% 11-50 20.9% 21.1% 27.4% 51-100 5.2% 7.9% 10.6% 101-500 2.6% 1.8% 8.8% 500+ 0% 0% 3.5% Not sure 7.8% 13.2% 25.7%
  • 12. Supportive Policy Accelerates Growth 89% of employers say better federal policy support would accelerate hiring. Extremely likely 25% Very likely 19% Moderately likely 26% Slightly likely 19% Not at all likely 11% Employers, how likely is it that you would accelerate hiring with better federal policy support of the algae industry?
  • 13. Most Critical Technical Challenges 1. Cost-efficient production systems 2. Harvesting and extraction systems 3. Scale of production facilities
  • 14. Top Policy Today The most important federal policies in building a robust algae industry in effect today: #1 Research and development support #2 Commercialization support #3 Tax incentives and credits #4 Renewable Fuel Standard
  • 15. Top Policy Tomorrow #1 Increased algae & carbon utilization research and deployment support by federal agencies #2 Regulatory approvals for algae-derived products #3 Stable, predictable support in tax policy #4 Including carbon utilization in climate regulations The most important federal policies in building a robust algae industry not in effect today:
  • 16. www.algaebiomass.org | (877) 531-5512 | info@algaebiomass.org

Editor's Notes

  1. The future price of algae-based fuel is often debated in the media, so we asked a question about future price of algae-based fuel. Nearly 4 in 10 (37%) of producers in the industry survey predicted prices below $5.00/gal in 2020. While only 6% predicted prices more than $15.00 per gallon, a significant number (39 percent) indicated they “weren’t sure.”
  2. Many commented that some feed products are already on the market.
  3. Again, some commented that these products are already available in some markets.