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Muradel to develop algal biofuel demonstration plant in South Australia

March 1, 2013
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Nigel Austin reports in Adelaide Now that Muradel, based in Adelaide, Australia, will develop an algal biofuel demonstration plant at Whyalla, in South Australia, after winning a $4.4 million federal government grant. The decision was announced by Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson.

Muradel chairman Ollie Clark said the demonstration plant would help it to further develop its state-of-the-art technology that produces biofuel from naturally occurring marine microalgae. Mr. Clark said the microalgae could be readily concentrated and turned into “green” crude oil.

This development follows the operation of a pilot plant near Karratha in northern Western Australia that has been used to develop sustainable biofuel processing technology in line with Australia’s aim to reduce carbon emissions. The Karratha pilot plant has been operated continuously for two years to test the carbon neutral technology developed by the company’s partners to grow the marine microalgae.

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