Monday, July 23, 2012

Brazil to scale up algae plant by 2013

In Brazil, a plant run by SAT will be producing biofuels from seaweed 
at industrial scale for the first time and is expected to be built by late 2013. The factory will be located on a sugar cane plantation in Pernambuco and will produce 1.2 million liters of algae-based biofuel annually.
Rafael Bianchini, head of SAT’s Brazilian group, said that the goal was to “convert the CO2 from a passive to an active” state. “For each ethanol liter produced, one kilogram of CO2 is released in the atmosphere. We are going to take this CO2 to feed our plant,” he added.
The project is still awaiting approval from the county’s National Petroleum Agency.