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Shell Oil's Bold New Approach With Algae Posted by Natalia on Fri October 22 2010 12:34:15 AM 3

Big Oil company, Shell is seeking to build a facility for the purpose of creating biodiesel from algae in two years' time, pursuant to yesterday's launch of a joint venture to start a research project in Hawaii.
By: GARKOBig Oil company, Shell is seeking to build a facility for the purpose of creating biodiesel from algae in two years' time, pursuant to yesterday's launch of a joint venture to start a research project in Hawaii.
The partnership with Hawaii-based Biopetroleum, will initially build a small research facility but is hoping to move to a full-throttle commercial operation of twenty thousand hectares. Shell said it predicts yields of roughly sixty tonnes of oil per hectare a year, meaning a full-scale complex would produce 1.2m tons of fuel a year.
The two companies did not reveal how large the initial investment was, but Shell did admit that they will have a majority stake in the company, which is going to be called Cellana.
Shell has not participated in production of the first wave of biofuels from ethanol and biodiesel from vegetable and soy oil, focusing on newer generation fuel sources which can be generated from non edible plants or plant waste.
 It has petitioned that government support for biofuels should provide more substantial incentives to newer generation products on the grounds that they are probably going to show much better environmental performance, especially in cutting CO2 and other toxic emissions.
Graeme Sweeney, Shell's head of future fuels, stated that biodiesel extracted out of algae is going to require such assistance to be viable. He said: 'The motivation in our project is that we are here investing in developing sustainable solutions to biofuel with a low-carbon footprint.'
As a biofuel product, algae owns clear benefits over more common crops. It consumes less space and can grow underwater, relieving pressure on agricultural land and fresh water, a situation that has been among the biggest problems experienced by first-generation biofuels activities. It also has higher yields.

Shell stated its conservative projections of an annual fuel production of sixty tonnes per hectare was FIFTEEN times the four tonnes a year possible with jatropha, a biofuel alternative source being explored by D1 Oils in partnership with BP.
But Mr Sweeney concurred there was a long way to go to prove the commercial stength of the process.
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