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Racing Ahead to Prove Commercial Reality - Project updates, Scaling up prospects & Downstream Processing
The race among Algae project developers to demonstrate commercial feasibility is heating up in Australia.
Driven by government support for carbon sequestration projects, the integration of algae biofuels and carbon capture will propel Australia to secure the global leader position in algae development.
From South to Western Australia, algae demonstration projects have been announced, most with willing providers of Co2 feedstock.
With abundant land and solar resources, large scale facilities may soon be a reality.
MBD Energy proposes to recycle waste CO2 emissions from coal fired power stations and other forms of heavy industry into commercial production of algae biomass . Construction of its one-hectare Algal Synthesiser display plant at Tarong Power Station in South East Queensland is due to be completed.
In Western Australia, Aurora ,producer of high-performance, value- based products opened its demonstration facility in Karratha last year marking a significant advancement in the process of constructing the largest commercial scale photosynthetic algae facility in the world.
After more than 2 years of consistent results, the Muradel project in Karratha is said to be one step closer to creating commercial quantities of clean algae biofuel for the future. As quoted by Project Leader Prof Michael Borowitzka from Murdoch University, the Muradel project is the "only biofuel project in Australia working simultaneously on all steps in the process of microalgal biofuels production, from microalgae culture, harvesting of the algae and extraction of oil suitable for biofuels production".
Elsewhere a new project in Eyre Peninsula, South Australia is underway. The Darke Peak Algae Biofuel Commercialization project with academic partner, the Materials and BioEnergy Group of Flinders University, Adelaide recently announced the development of a new method to produce algae on a commercial scale using local grain waste as a nutrient for algae growth and feature local saline algae species found on biologically degraded land and saline groundwater.
It is no doubt that Australia is moving fast in developing the industry and has the potential to be the hub of algae biofuels
CMT has lined up the key authoritative speakers, project leaders and academicians to share with you the latest in the country's algae potential.
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Algae R&D Center in Murdoch University including the SABC (State Agricultural Biotechnology Center ) where they do a lot of molecular and proteonomic work and the Separation Science and Metabolomics laboratory which has extensive analytical capabilities including analysis of the algae and of the biofuels
The Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory are applying modern mass spectrometry techniques to the characterization of conventional and sustainable energy sources and products to help improve production, recoveries and quality. The Laboratory is now applying GC and LC-MS to characterise the lipid composition of feedstocks under various growth conditions and environmental perturbation to improve the quality of biofuels
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The steady growth of the biofuels industry is evident, as conglomerates rush to tap biofuel resources in China. Marking the beginning of a whole new venture is the building of the first biofuels and carbon capture facility by Algae.Tec, who signed a memorandum of understanding with Shandong Kerui Group Holding.
The 250-module biofuels facility to be constructed in Dongying, in Shandong Province will capture 137,000 tonnes of waste carbon dioxide. This facility is slated to produce about 33 million litres of algae-derived transport oil and 33,000 tonnes of biomass per annum at a combined value of over $40 million.
Executive Chairman at Algae Tec Roger Stroud remarked that the Algae Tec technology will reduce unwanted emissions and will convert them into locally produces transport fuels which will add to fuel independence.
On that note, Australia on the other hand, is fast-developing into an algal biofuel hub with commercial feasibility and a flurry of prospective CO2 feedstock providers. As a matter of fact, the 2nd Algae World Australia taking place on 16-17 April 2012 in Perth sets out to examine how the industry is progressing down under weighing on feedstock availability, conversion technology, downstream processing and many other crucial aspects of biofuel development in the region. And the 1.5 day event is already attracting participation from the sectors below:
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James Cook University has received a $5 million grant from the Australian government to develop an algae-to-biofuels project. The grant will be used to research, develop and demonstrate Australia’s first freshwater and marine macro-algae to biofuels. It has also created a new AUS$15 million Advanced Biofuels Investment Readiness (ABIR) Program. The project will leverage a further $6 million from MBD Energy and the Advanced Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre, taking total funding to around $11 million.
To sum it up, algae production is one of the fastest growing new industries in Australia. CMT's 2nd Algae World Australia on 16-17 Apr, 2012 in Perth reflects on the robust algae developments, assessment of the possible scale of algae cultivation and biocrude potential across Australia and much more!
An excerpt from Bioenergysite
(An interview with Dr David Lewis, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide by Desley Blanch, Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A joint venture between Murdoch University, the University of Adelaide and commercial partner SQC, has established “Muradel” an Australian biofuel company, whose objective is to make Australia “The Saudi of the biofuels industry”. The spinout company Muradel Pty. Ltd is developing a novel approach by using salt water tolerant algae for second generation biofuel production. Muradel’s focus is to bring to commercial reality a large-scale business that leverages the natural advantages of the Australian environment, producing algae for renewable fuel and co-products from the biomass.
Muradel has built a USD 3.3 million pilot plant in Karratha which is one acre of pond system and can harvest up to sixty tonnes of culture per day. The landscape and environmental conditions in Australia make it ideal for algae cultivation. Sunshine, hot weather, flat land, access to suitable waters and carbon dioxide are just what micro-algae require to reproduce abundantly.
Australia has been in the news for quite some time and has been developing quite an industrial interest in algae. CMT’s 2nd Algae World Australia in PERTH on 16-17 Apr, 2012 features key speakers from Muradel including Dr David Lewis and Mr. Gerald Barker sharing more on the possible scale of algae cultivation & bio-crude potential across Australia, and latest updates on Muradel project.
Extracted from Radio Australia
Did you miss attending the first Algae World Australia 2011 event? Not to worry, we’ve a sampling of what went down in Townsville, Australia last August.
And to give you advance insight and glimpse of what to expect at our 2012 meet, we invite you to watch the recording of:
Algae World Australia Video Presentation by
Origin Oil CEO, Riggs Eckelberry
where he outlined OriginOil's fast-track commercialization process, its technical aspects, the company's strategic partnership with carbon capture pioneer MBD Energy, and commentary on the direction of the algae industry.
Simply fill up the form below to request for access to view the 16 August 2011 presentation now.
In Climate Spectators recent article – ‘You can have your carbon and eat it too’, Riggs Eckelberry, the head of the US firm OriginOil said that Australia has a bright future owing to the perfect climatic conditions and is potentially the perfect venue for this rapidly expanding industry.
Following the success of last year's sell-out event in Townsville, 2nd Algae World Australia returns on demand in 2012 in PERTH to address the latest issues in the industry like assessment of the possible scale of algae cultivation & biocrude potential across Australia, open pond systems with high saline algae, genetic modification of algae for biofuel production and more. The conference on 16-17 Apr, 2012 will once again bring together an international congregation of algae industry experts.
The details of speakers’ topics and sessions are currently being finalized and will be available soon. Meanwhile one can contact Ms. Huiyan at email@example.com or +65 6346 9113 or PRE-REGISTER here.
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