Approximately 1,000 algae species studied show potential for biofuels.
a rich source of healthy nutrients for high value products
from sourcing carbon dioxide, nutrients and light energy
inexpensive supplements that frees up land for 'human' crops
The listed company Algae.Tec has focused on an altogether different system: an enclosed, modular and scalable system that can be housed in a modified shipping container.
The first such container was officially opened yesterday at Manildra’s ethanol refinery near Nowra, in southern NSW, the result of a collaboration started when Manildra’s chairman Dick Honan heard Algae.Tec’s technology discussed on the radio. Its photobioreactors use solar power and the emissions from the refinery’s fermentation unit as a feedstock. The process is reasonably well established, but the key to the project is to see if the company can meet its targeted yield — which is 250 tonnes of algae a year per container.
If that can be delivered and verified, the company is hopeful of striking commercial deals with potential partners in NSW — in Nowra and the Hunter Valley — as well as in Brazil, India, China and the US. The company says a 2000 module facility would generate $350 million worth of fuel a year and create up to 700 jobs, about the same number being made redundant by the recent closures of oil refineries. Read More
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