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Virgin boss Richard Branson eyes Algae biofuel, biodiesel

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Richard Branson eyes Algae biofuel

By Janie Stewart, The Marlborough Express, 17 January 2007


1. Marlborough, New Zealand biofuel company Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation may be getting an investment from Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group boss

2. Branson met with New Zealand Climate Change Minister David Parker recently to discuss three methods of biofuel production in New Zealand, including Aquaflow’s revolutionary technology using wild algae from the Blenheim sewage ponds.

3. Aquaflow is in talks with was Virgin Fuels, the company set up by the Virgin group to invest in biofuels.

4. It is reported that Richard Branson had pledged to spend $NZ4.5 billion from his rail and airline business profits over the next 10 years on projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including biofuels research.

5. Interest had come from six major organisations in the UK, America and Hong Kong and Aquaflow expected to have a pilot programme for algal biodiesel running in America and elsewhere in the next 12 months, he said.

6. The company plans to raise $5 million to take the company to the stage of being able to build a commercial plant for biodiesel production.

7. It is reported that some premium venture capital companies are showing growing interest in biodiesel and in algae-based biodiesel.

8. Aquaflow began operating in May 2006 after it cracked the engineering technology needed to harvest the wild algae from the sewage ponds and chemically extract the fatty lipids to be turned into fuel. It is believed to be the only company in the world to make biodiesel out of wild algae.

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