News last update:6 Aug 2012

Bio diesel from algae introduced next year

The Philippine National Oil Company-Alternative Fuels Corp. (PNOC) is talking with a US-based firm engaged in algae technology on how to derive and market bio diesel from algae. If everything goes well, the company will introduce this type of bio diesel next year.

PNOC president and CEO Peter Anthony A. Abaya said. He noted the company will talk with the firm middle of next month. He, however, declined to name the US firm. The US eco-technology company, according to Abaya, is rapidly becoming an industry leader in the renewable energy market and is pioneering the algae-to-bio fuel technology.

Working on the science
"We are not only looking at jatropha as a potential source of bio diesel but we are also working at the science of deriving bio diesel from algae," he said. Abaya noted the development and eventual commercialization of bio fuels from algae is part of PNOC-AFC's medium-term plan. According to him, the US-based firm has a technology that mass produces algae from which the primary vegetable oil product is extracted. The oil is then refined into a cost-effective, non-polluting diesel bio fuel. The algae-derived fuel, Abaya said, will be an energy efficient replacement for fossil fuels and can be used in any diesel powered vehicle or machinery.
Useful by products
The secondary algae by product can be utilized in animal feed or agricultural fertilizer. "The simplicity and speed of the algae's reproduction are keys to its success as a bio fuel source. Using the natural process of photosynthesis, maximum exposure to sunlight and the effective absorption of carbon dioxide lead to the algae reproducing rapidly," he said. 

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