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Linde & Algenol: algae-to-biofuel R&D

By Gerald Ondrey |

The Linde Group (Munich, Germany; www.linde.com) and Algenol Biofuels LLC (Bonita Springs, Fla.; www.algenolbiofuels.com) have agreed to collaborate in a joint development project in order to identify the optimum management of carbon dioxide and oxygen for Algenol’s unique algae and photobioreactor technology. This cooperation will see the companies join forces to develop cost-efficient technologies that capture, store, transport and supply CO2 for Algenol’s proprietary process for the production of third-generation (3G) biofuels out of CO2, salt water and algae, as well as remove oxygen from the photobioreactor. The research collaboration builds on a process developed by Algenol Biofuels and other partners. This method utilizes algae, CO2, salt water and sunlight to directly produce 3G bioethanol and other 3G biofuels or biochemicals in photobioreactors. This technology promises numerous benefits. The production facilities, for example, do not need to be built on land required for food or feed production. Furthermore, the procedure does not consume fresh water nor does it involve costly steps for processing or harvesting and storing biomass. A further key benefit is that the algae also consume CO2 from fossil fuel sources…
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