Tulare facility converts algae into biofuels

Tulare facility converts algae into biofuels

6:46 AM, 29th August 2012
Tulare facility converts algae into biofuels
Tubs hold algae that are made using carbon dioxide and other gases generated by fuel cells in Tulare. The oil in the algae can be made into low emitting jet fuel.

TULARE, US: A new facility at the Tulare County, US, converts moist algae into biofuels. The facility will use wastewater for power jets. Recently, the City of Tulare leased four acres next to its large wastewater treatment plant for the operation, which will use CO2 and other gases generated from the site’s adjacent fuel cells to grow the algae in large tubs of water. The lipids, or oils, the algae produces as it grows can then be extracted and refined for use as a low emitting jet fuel.

The plant is the joint venture of Pacific Algae Oil consisting of the nonprofit association Algae International Group and Huntington Beach-based Pacific Oil Products. According to David Gair, CEO, Pacific Oil, the facility is currently in a pilot-scale phase, with the capacity to produce around a half a million gallons of the fuel annually. But given the right equipment and enough gases, he said, as much as 6 million gallons a year could be pumped out each year.

With an expansion project completed in 2009, the facility, one of two wastewater treatment plants in Tulare, now treats 12 million gallons of day of industrial wastewater, primarily flowing in from six large milk processing facilities nearby. The plant is one of the largest in the nation, using a combination of biological processes, a dissolved air flotation unit, and six sequencing batch reactors to remove fats, oils, organics and other impurities.

© The Business Journal News

0 Comments

Login

Your Comments (Up to 2000 characters)
Please respect our community and the integrity of its participants. WOC reserves the right to moderate and approve your comment.

Related News


Grace to build waterproofing products facility in Ezhou, China

EZHOU, CHINA: Grace China Ltd, subsidiary of W R Grace & Co announced the groundbreaking for its new production facility for waterproofing product ...

Read more
CB&I bags propane dehydrogenation unit contract in China

THE WOODLANDS, US: CB&I has been awarded a contract by the Hebei Haiwei Group for the license and basic engineering design of a grassroots propane ...

Read more
Foster Wheeler awarded FEED contract by Samsung C&T in UK

ZUG, SWITZERLAND: Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering and Construction Group subsidiary has been awarded a contract by Samsung C&T ECUK L ...

Read more
Novozymes, Terranol to market advanced biofuel yeast

BAGSVAERD, DENMARK: Novozymes and Terranol, a Denmark-based biotechnology company specialized in yeast, announced an agreement that will ensure the fi ...

Read more
BASF inaugurates new greenhouse in Limburgerhof

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY: BASF inaugurated a new greenhouse in Limburgerhof agricultural centre. The 1,250 m² large additional investment expands th ...

Read more
Sapphire Energy completes the first phase of green crude farm project

COLUMBUS, US: Sapphire Energy Inc, one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, announced the first phase of its green crude fa ...

Read more