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Listed Australian company Algae.Tec today officially opened what it described as the first advanced engineered algae-to-biofuels facility in Australia – another contender for what is widely expected to be a billion-dollar industry within a few years.

The facility, known as Shoalhaven One and situated in an adapted shipping container, is located at the Nowra refinery of ethanol producer Manildra. Algae.Tec hopes to demonstrate that its enclosed systems are scalable and high yield, and provide an attractive alternative to the open pond systems developed by rival algae producers.

The opening was the culmination of 12 years development work by company chairman Roger Stroud and his business partner, Earl McConchie, who developed an eponymous harvesting system known as the McConchie-Stroud System.

Algae.Tec says it plans to grow non-GMO algae on an industrial scale, and says its technology has demonstrated “exceptional performance’ in productivity and product yield. It captures carbon dioxide emissions from power stations and factories, and produces fuel that can be used in jets without displacing agricultural crops. Read More

The executive chairman of Algae.Tec will be in the Shoalhaven tomorrow for the official commissioning of Australia’s first engineered “algae to biofuels” facility.

The showcase facility – which to onlookers appears as five green shipping containers – is the first full-scale, working example of the company’s algae growth and harvesting system.

Mr Stroud said the operation, called Shoalhaven One, would use ethanol producer Manildra Group’s carbon dioxide waste to help grow the algae.

“In effect what we’ve got in the container is a perpetual algal bloom,” he said. Read More

“The introduction of the carbon tax means the focus will be on companies that operate in the green sector, either delivering energy in an environmentally sustainable way, reducing waste or minimising the impact of other companies’ pollution.

That impost should make cleantech companies more viable competitors to fossil-fuel energy producers such as coal and oil.” Read more here

Algae.Tec (www.algaetec.com.au) is piloting a project that sees micro-algae being grown in large quantities in shipping containers to be turned into fuel for the transport sector. The nearby Shoalhaven Marine & Freshwater Centre – University of Wollongongwith the help of Dr. Pia Winberg, Director of the Centre and her team are assisting Algae.Tec. See full story

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