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TATA steel to make algae biofuel ! 4

Now Reliance will join the band wagon. And so will all other Chimney companies.

Scientists are conducting ground breaking tests at the Scunthorpe TATA steelworks to make cheap fuel that could be worth billions of pounds.

The local steelworks has become the testing ground in a worldwide race to convert algae into a special, environmentally friendly fuel that could eventually be worth GBP 15 billion.

In major tests being carried out at the works, researchers from Sheffield University have used the carbon dioxide in steel plant combustion gases to feed and grow algae.

( There goes John Bennemen, who says " Abandon all Hope" )

Sheffield was one of 11 universities and research institutions in the UK chosen by the Government backed Carbon Trust to take on scientists from across the world to develop the biofuel from algae.

If they win the race at TATA they would be in the driving seat to develop fuel that is cheap, eco friendly and produces more per hectare than many other fuels.

Bosses from Tata Power, who are conducting similar trials in India, are monitoring the work in Scunthorpe by Professor Will Zimmerman and his team and scientists from TATA Steel in Swinden, Yorkshire. Two trials have already been carried out at Scunthorpe, and both are said to have gone well.

Adam Bennett, the Scunthorpe plant manager for energy operations, said that 'There's huge potential in this research and there could also be great benefits to the environment and our carbon dioxide emissions. If we can develop it, the process can be used with many of our combustion processes.'

Current forecasts predict 70 billion litres per year of fossil fuels could be replaced by algae biofuels worldwide in road transport and aviation by 2030, equating to a market value of more than GBP 15 billion. The plans come as efforts to build a straw-burning plant in Scawby Brook continue.

Blueprints for the unrelated site will be discussed at a public inquiry in December.

The winning formula to turn algae into 70 billion litres of bio fuel a year would require large scale plants, possibly next to industrial facilities located near the sea.

(Sourced from www.thisisscunthorpe.co.uk)
Thu November 11 2010 10:57:08 PM by MiaFranceska TATA steel  |  algae biofuel  |  Professor Will Zimmerman 2515 views

Comments - 3

  • Arden wrote:
    Fri November 12 2010 04:43:11 AM

    This must be TATAs steel - a company they acquired - supposed to be a very large acquisition in UK. It is good news that an Indian company is making progress in UK.

    Double benefit. Activities in both countries will go up for algae.

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Fri November 12 2010 11:15:48 PM

    I am pretty much impressed with the knowledge and interest Mia and Arden have about India.

    I think the action will start in India and UK to start with, because of this news about TATA steel getting involved in algae to oil.

    All other oil majors, with deep pockets would get into it soon.

    Given the low capital cost to set up a lab scale or pilot scale or a demo commercial plant even many other players in the value chain of fossil fuel, will find it lucrative to enter hoping to be bought out soon.

    The  algae oil scene is hotting up, inspite of the fact that EBI has said that its a decade away.

    That their projection of 10 years is not punctuated by details of what will make it 10 years is another matter and can be taken up in another forum.
    this is time to discuss TATA steel, India, UK and Europe.

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  • Manohar wrote:
    Tue November 16 2010 11:46:26 PM

    Professor Will Zimmerman got his inspiration for the award winning innovation, which boosts the growth of algae that turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into fuel, from the way children blow bubbles.

    His system, which has already won the AXA Insurance Cleantech Open UK ideas competition, is cheaper and uses significantly less energy than existing technology ? saving up to 80 per cent in some cases.


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