Brazil Builds Algae-Based Biofuel Plant
(Herald Sun) The world’s first industrial plant producing biofuels from seaweed will be built in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco in late 2013, the official in charge of the project says.
The factory to be set up by Austrian firm SAT on a sugar cane plantation that yields ethanol, will produce 1.2 million litres of algae-based biofuels annually, Rafael Bianchini, head of SAT’s Brazilian subsidiary, told AFP on Thursday.
The $US9.8 million ($A9.49 million) facility will make use of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the ethanol production to speed up the photosynthesis process in the seaweeds and thus reduce emissions of polluting gases into the environment, he said. READ MORE