Saturday, April 26, 2008

Algae: the new biofuel?

Algae: the new biofuel?: "Today I went to the seminar on the second generation biodiesel at Het Pand, Ghent. It was organised by the Ghent Bio-energy Vally, a consortium which wants to stimulate growth in bio-energy in the Ghent region.

The host was Prof. dr. ir. W. Soetaert, who emphasised that the first generation biofuels clears the way for the second generation. What this really meant became clear during the lectures. First generation biofuels compete with edible crops, and are often not sustainable, nor economically viable.

Second generation biofuels include non edible crops such as Jatropha curcas or algae oil and therefore don’t compete with food production. The third generation of biofuels based on hydrogen should start at 2030."

Helge: Cellulosic biodiesel is on moving towards pilot plant scale operations in Finland. There was a lot of publicity about the intentions of both UPM Kymmene and Stora Enso. "Now there is quiet before the storm". Not much is spoken about the progress in public.
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