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Dream Team to Deliver Cheap Algae Biodiesel 2

    Cost of algae oil extraction has been a stumbling block in algae gaining popularity.

  A group of elite scientist of UK appear to have overcome this issue.

An elite scientific team drawn from leading research institutions in the UK, are progressing well in a bid to find a successful formula to create low-cost biofuel in vast quantities.

   The Newcastle researchers are also developing methods for enabling large-scale production in algae ponds. The Carbon Trust is planning to construct a pilot demonstration plant in an equatorial region where algae are most prolific. 

It hopes to develop a system to cultivate and process 70 billion litres of algae biofuel a year, cost effectively and sustainably by 2030.

This will be equivalent to six per cent of road transport diesel and a saving of more than 160 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year.

Working for the UK's Carbon Trust, the project involves among others, researchers at universities at Newcastle upon Tyne, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton.

Wed October 20 2010 09:05:57 AM by Aathmika Algae biofuel 1909 views

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