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Algae Biofuel Pilot Plant Construction Starts in Chile

December 22, 2011

Analia Murias at fis.com reports that the Biotechnology Consortium (Bal Biofuels) began the construction of the Experimental Centre of Algae (CEA) in Puerto Montt Campus of the University of Los Lagos. The plant is expected to be operational from August next year.

The proponents of the initiative plan to develop technology to produce advanced biofuels and high added value chemicals with low emissions of carbon dioxide and low cost, using native giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) farmed in a sustainable manner. They plan to generate raw material in 2012 and then to produce advanced biofuels or renewable chemicals in the 600-square-metre pilot plant to be built in the region of Los Lagos.

“The University of Los Lagos is committed to offering support in a strategic public-private alliance that aims to be a significant contribution to the region. This is an investment and we expect the return of this investment will allow us to activate the aquaculture sector, generate employment and ultimately become a development pole,” said Garrido.

The University of Los Lagos, through its Centre i~mar, will manage the technology to develop algae farming at a commercial level. BAL Chile SA will provide the administrative management and the project general coordination, and Bio Architecture Lab developed and patented the microbial system capable of producing low-cost biofuels from brown marine macroalgae, El Repuertero reported.

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Fri December 23 2011 01:15:46 PM by Tomcatino 1251 views
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