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Algae recycles Greenhouse Gases-Australia 2

An innovative clean energy project is being conducted in Australia to commercialise technology that consumes large quantities of greenhouse gases while producing low cost bio-oil and animal feedstock.

The environmentally friendly technology uses special strains of algae to consume the greenhouse gases emitted by power stations.

The $10 million project is being undertaken by James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, the Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, and MBD Energy Ltd.

The project includes construction of a one hectare commercial facility at Queensland?s Tarong Power Station.

This facility will capture 700 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, which could lead to an 80 hectare site consuming over 70,000 tonnes of emissions and producing 11 million litres of oil and 25,000 tonnes of feedstock.
In the process, the algae double their biomass every 24 hours and allow the waste water in which they are grown to be recycled.

The algal research team at James Cook University, led by Professor Rocky de Nys and Associate Professor Kirsten Heimann, is renowned as a world leader in this specialist area.
Mon August 09 2010 05:37:09 AM by Duncan algae  |  carbon emission  |  Australia 1914 views

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  • Mon August 09 2010 10:15:39 PM

    The Australian government has announced that a total of 5 million AUD (3.5 million euro) will be awarded to developing a system whereby wastewater and CO2 from fossil-fuel power plants are used to produce algae that is, in turn, used to produce biofuels and animal feed.

    As long as all fossil CO2 is put into the system and released as bio-fuel or animal feed at the other end, the project does not have the potential to capture more CO2 from the atmosphere than it originally emits.

    But if some of the biomass is used for co-firing in the power plant and some CO2 which may potentially remain after the production of bio-fuel and animal feed is captured through CO2 capture and storage (CCS) technology, the project could actually take CO2 out of the atmosphere.

    In other words, have a carbon negative effect.

    This project seems a good idea from a re-use of resources perspective, as it re-uses CO2 and waste-water to produce biomass in the form of algae.

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  • Richard wrote:
    Mon August 09 2010 10:18:43 PM

    Isnt there a tie up between MBD energy of Australia and Origin oil.

    Is MBD energy using any of the products / services of Origin oil for this project.

    This project seems very big. Best.

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