The Buzz

Malaysia: Producing Biofuel from Algae

July 13, 2011
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Marilyn Tenn in the Borneo Post talks about biotechnologists and researchers from Swinburne University of Technology, in Sarawak, Malaysia pooling their expertise to meet the challenge of developing viable alternative fuels. The university has been involved in research on microalgal lipids since 2008, in a concerted effort by Swinburne biotechnologists and researchers to accumulate the expertise and know-how.

The Swinburne project centers around chlorella protothecoides, and the researchers have been extracting lipids to better understand precursors for the production of biofuel for diesel engines. Fermentation studies were also undertaken at Swinburne University to develop an understanding of the kinetics of cell growth and lipid biosynthesis.

According to associate professor Clem Kuek, who heads up the project, “This knowledge is essential for the accurate and detailed evaluation of the various options for biodiesel production via microalgae. Under various conditions of production, the efficiency with which raw material is converted by the alga into the biofuel precursor was examined. It is from such mass balances that the economics of biofuel production can be determined.”

Swinburne Sarawak Campus pro vice-chancellor and chief executive, professor Helmut Lueckenhausen, added: “As always, science needs not only to be doable, it needs to lead to affordable outcomes and processes. “This project begins the contribution of Swinburne Sarawak to the development of algal biotechnology in the state.”

The results from this project are enabling the university to make a significant contribution to the development of algal biotechnology in Sarawak—for instance, in the screening of local algae for their biofuel potentials. Another example of Swinburne’s attention to algal biotechnology is in its collaboration with a Sarawakian aquaculture company to examine the culture of particular microalgae for incorporation into fish feed, to increase the profile of highly-unsaturated fatty acids (omega-3 oils) of the empurau fish that the company produces.

Read the full story

Go to HOME Page

Copyright ©2010-2011 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

Visit the A.I.M. Archives

AIM interview ArchivesAlgae 101 ArchivesHot Products ArchivesInnovations ArchivesMoney ArchivesProcess ArchivesResearch ArchivesScale Up ArchivesThe Buzz Archives

FREE Algae News & Updates

Sign up to receive breaking A.I.M. updates! 

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Northwestern University researchers have developed a quantitative tool that might help bring back coral from the brink of extinction. The novel algorithm could help asses...
Benedict O’Donnell writes in the EU Research and Innovation magazine, Horizon, about research being developed on seaweed as a biological, environmentally friendly, sustai...
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) fortified eggs are developing quite a demand among middle and upper-class consumers in China. With clinical trials demonstrating that EPA can ...
Tafline Laylin writes for Inhabitat.com about the elegant solution that Romanian designer Alexandru Predonu has conceived that uses solar energy to power a rotating desal...
Cheryl Katz writes in National Geographic that Iceland’s last living lake balls are disappearing. The fluffy green supersize diatoms as large as a head of cabbage are one...
Stavanger, Norway-based Skretting, a 100+ year-old leader in the manufacture and supply of aquaculture feeds for fish and shrimp, has announced that they are now offering...
Joy Lanzendorfer reports for NPR that, as seaweed continues to gain popularity for its nutritional benefits and culinary versatility, more people are taking up seaweed fo...
Researchers at Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, are developing technology, using algae, that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation. The system uses verti...
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft reports in Science Daily that two algae species survived 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station (ISS) despite extreme temper...
Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent incre...
The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The r...
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the selection of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and...