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Algae Biofuels Technology to Capture CO2 from Coal Plants

Algae Sampling (ARS/USDA)

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

OriginOil Inc. in Los Angeles, California, a developer of technology to convert algae into fuel, said today it agreed to a partnership with MBD Energy Limited, its first customer and a player in the field of CO2 capture using algae.

MBD Energy as a company is experienced in the use of captured flue-gases as feedstock to produce algal biomass. Earlier this year, MBD became OriginOil’s first customer for a research-scale system. Based on the success of this phase, MBD will purchase progressively larger systems to serve its three major power station projects in Australia.

OriginOil says its algae production process is similar to growing grass hydroponically, and thus generates no toxins. The technology, says the company, fits in with petroleum companies current refinery processes, and can be “cracked” into the lighter components of crude oil such as jet fuel, diesel, gasoline, solvents and plastics.

MBD Energy is a founding member of the Bio CCS program. The program is made up of a number of regional projects in Australia with each targeting 50 million metric tons of greenhouse gas sequestration per year by 2020.

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