[ad#The Buzz Sponsor Ad]

Muradel’s first “green crude” unveiled

June 20, 2013
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Muradel has developed low energy harvesting technology using electro-flocculation-flotation processes in a liquid constrained environment separating, algal biomass from recyclable substrates. Algae are grown in open raceway ponds using seawater.

Muradel has developed low energy harvesting technology using electro-flocculation-flotation processes in a liquid constrained environment separating, algal biomass from recyclable substrates. Algae are grown in open raceway ponds using seawater.

kdropcapsayleigh Bruce writes in the Whyalla News (Australia) that Resources and Energy Minister Gary Gray was in Whyalla, South Australia, last week to unveil the first “green crude” produced by Muradel Pty Ltd from microalgae at a pilot scale – a step forward, he said, for a whole new industry in Australia.

Muradel Pty Ltd was incorporated in December 2010 as a joint venture between Murdoch University, Adelaide Research and Innovation Pty Ltd and SQC Pty Ltd. The company’s core business is the development and commercialization of low carbon technology for reliable and high-productivity long-term culture of saline microalgae, for energy and other high value products.

During his appearance Mr. Gray said Whyalla was the perfect place to take a project of this nature to the next level, not only because it is in a “fantastic physical location” but also because it has an ideal upbringing in industry. “It’s got a well-educated, highly-capable workforce and, most importantly for these technologies, it’s got many days of sunshine.”

He added that if the site proves successful in producing green crude, it would be a sustainable substitute for fossil based crude oil. “Biofuels made from algae alone have the potential to displace up to approximately 30 billion litres of fuel each year, according to an Advanced Biofuels Study commissioned by the Australian Government.”

Muradel converted the algae to green crude as part of a $10.7 million project supported by a $4.4 million investment from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, via a pilot plant in Karratha, Western Australia. In the next phase of the project, Muradel will construct the scaled-up demonstration plant in Whyalla’s industrial estate to further reduce the cost of producing the green crude.

The demonstration plant is scheduled for completion by the end of the year with the expectation that it will be in operation throughout 2014. “There is an opportunity for the Whyalla region to be a front runner in a new advanced biofuels industry, with regional employment opportunities through the construction of the demonstration plant, and potentially, Australia’s first commercial algae-to-green crude plant,” Mr. Gray said.

Read More

More Buzz…

HOME Algae Industry Jobs

Copyright ©2010-2013 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required 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.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
U.S. farmers and biofuels makers are watching for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final decision on the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard rules, which will set t...
Researchers Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), have exploited an unusual and untapped class of c...
Sami Zaatari writes for the Middle East’s Gulf News that Abu Dhabi’s coastal sabkhas – the Arabic phonetic translation for salt flats – hold great potential for solar pow...
SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a rec...
The vision of developing a community college degree program to train a high technology algae workforce was launched at New Mexico's Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) in 2...
Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distilla...
Michigan State University (MSU) and PHYCO2, an algae growth and CO2 sequestration company based in Santa Maria, CA, have entered into a partnership to develop algae techn...
Modesto, California-based G3 Enterprises, Inc. has entered into an agreement with Commercial Algae Professionals (CAP) to represent their unique drying technology in the ...
I’m an aquanaut teen. I was born in immersion in 2050 in an underwater farm called “Aequorea” off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Bio-inspired, the farm draws its name from ...
Researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) and engineers at Salt River Project (SRP), one of the nation's largest public power utilities, are conducting joint research...
Algaculture, or algae farming, like any form of agriculture, is highly sensitive to fertilizer costs. A major roadblock to commercial algae farming is efficient utilizati...
Kuo Chia-erh reports for Taipei Times that Taiwan Cement Corp, the nation’s leading cement supplier, has announced plans to expand its microalgae farm, which produces ast...