In a previous post the lack of algae feedstock for biodiesel plants was cited as a major lack in the quest for renewable fuels. A company in New Zealand claims a breakthrough in the commercial production of diesel fuel from algae.
Aquaflow makes crucial algae biofuel breakthroughs
Two further major breakthroughs have been achieved by Blenheim-based Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation which has been working on world-leading technology to convert wild algae to biofuel.
“We have now achieved commercial scale continuous harvesting of tonnes of wild algae at the Marlborough oxidation ponds so we can take the step up to commercial scale production of biocrude,” says Aquaflow chairman, Barrie Leay.
“We have also commissioned our newly built proprietary biorefinery and made our first machine run. We expect to make further announcements in that regard in the next few months. These are major steps forward for us and we expect to be able to produce commercial quantities of biocrude within the next few months,” he explains.
These breakthroughs follow the world-first proof of concept biodiesel, produced from algae, and demonstrated by Aquaflow when the Minister of Energy; Hon. David Parker, drove an unmodified standard Land Rover along the Wellington Motorway in December 2006, powered by Aquaflow biodiesel. Source.
The only thing missing from the story is the cost of production. Stay tuned.