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Algae.Tec inks deal with major Aussie coal powerplant
July 5, 2013
lgae.Tec has signed a deal with Australia’s largest power company to site an algae carbon capture and biofuels production facility alongside a 2640MW coal-fired power station near Sydney. Macquarie Generation, one of the largest power companies in the world – and owned by the New South Wales Government, has signed an agreement to site the Algae.Tec facility next to the Bayswater coal-fired power station in the Hunter Valley NSW, and feed waste carbon dioxide into the enclosed algae growth system. The resulting algal oil will be converted to biodiesel and hydrogenated to grade A jet fuel.
Bayswater uses approximately 7.5 million tons of coal per year and delivers power to eastern Australia, from South Australia to Northern Queensland. It is the center-piece of the New South Wales energy system. “This deal is an innovative means of capturing and reusing carbon emissions and providing the Hunter region with a locally produced green fuel source,” said NSW Energy Minister, Chris Hartcher.
“Carbon is now our single largest cost. This technology should reduce our carbon output, reduce our carbon bill, and at the same time improve our bottom line,” added Macquarie Generation CEO and Managing Director, Russell Skelton. “It’s new technology improving a traditional power plant.”
Algae.Tec CEO Roger Stroud said this deal reflects a genuine desire on the part of the NSW Government and the NSW power industry, to support solutions to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuelled power stations. “At a time when all the petroleum refining capacity is closing down in NSW, this is the beginning of an era of renewable fuel which can be ‘grown’ in the State and can substitute for imported petroleum products.”