Bio-diesel: Engineered Algae the Way to Go – Malaysia News
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Bio-diesel: Engineered algae the way to go
News from Malaysia, KA Cheah, Feb 5, 07
1. There are plans for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and all the independent power producers (IPPs) in Malaysia to grow engineered algae as feedstock in bio-reactors at their power stations to produce bio-diesel and also bio-ethanol.
2. The tapping of engineered algae to produce bio-diesel and bio-ethanol has the best potential of great success because algae is very oily (it has about a 50% oil composition), it is the fastest growing organism and it becomes very dense enough to be harvested three times a day.
3. The absorption of carbon dioxide (CO2) to grow algae and then produce bio-diesel has also benefited the environment in terms of reducing greenhouse gases causing global warming. This translates into green credit points for Malaysia as well. While Malaysian bio-diesel using palm-oil as feedstock is fine it could become obsolete and non-competitive when more efficient feedstock such as algae are used for mass production of biodiesel and ethanol.
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