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Plant to convert algae into crude oil launched by Muradel

In a major step towards production of fossil fuel equivalent, Australia’s renewable fuel company Muradel has launched the company’s first integrated demonstration plant to convert algae into crude oil at Whyalla. The plant is using Muradel’s Green2Black™ technology for the production of drop-in fuel. The plant has the capacity to produce 30,000 liters of green crude a year. If successfully scaled to a commercial one,  it will have the potential to produce 500,000 barrels of refinable green crude by the year 2019, a quantity capable enough to run 30,000 vehicles for a year, Muradel CEO Prof David Lewis informed the media personnel.
      As micro algae is grown in sea water ponds on marginal land, it doesn’t meddle with food production. Australia’s sunny climate also is a perfect fit for it. Within no time the company’s sub critical water reactor converts the micro algae, plant biomass and organic waste into crude oil which afterwards is refined to obtain liquid transport fuels. Expected to boost the country’s economy with its low production cost, the plant is also likely to be Eco Friendly as “the algae ponds will act as carbon sinks that can capture green house gas emission
produced by Whyalla’s heavy industry” said Dr Lewis.

 

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Karnataka to get $50 million dollars for biofuel

In India the Karnataka States’ Biofuel Development Programme  is set to get a boost in the form of  $50 million dollars from International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD). The loan can be utilized in various activities such as plantation of biofuel crops and production. Biofuel Development Board of Karnataka has been active in promoting biofuels and  has established biofuel information and demonstration centres with about 100 l per day capacity in each district. These centres are being scaled up to 150-200 l capacity. The Board also owns a 500 litre biodiesel production plant at Hatti Gold Mines. The loan conditions include 1% interest with a 50-year repayment period.

China’s first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed

China's first commercial flight powered with biofuel was successfully completed between Shanghai and Beijing. The privately owned Hainan Airlines flight used biofuel made up from used cooking oil collected from the restaurants. The biofuel was supplied by China National Aviation fuel company and energy giant Sinopec. It was a Boeing 737 plane which used 50% biofuel blended in conventional jet fuel and carried more than 100 passengers to their destination.

India achieved only 1.4% ethanol blending this fiscal year

Problems between sugar mill owners and oil marketing companies have resulted in only 1.4% ethanol blending through february this fiscal year which is way less than the blending target of 5% and lesser than the last year's achieved blending level of 2%.The National Policy on Biofuels of India identifies the sugar cane molasses as the feedstock suitable under Indian conditions for ethanol production for blending purpose and that makes the sugarcane mills as the biggest suppliers of bioethanol. The high state-level levies on the biofuel and the requirement of obtaining permits from authorities have been sited as the major impediments for producing bioethanol by Sugar Mills. The government has set the selling price of ethanol for sugar mills @  Rs. 48.50/litre  if the depo of the oil marketing company is within 100 km from distillery and  @49.50/ litre  if the depo is beyond 300 km. The producers claim that the long distance transportation also reduces their margin. India needs approximately 115 crore litres of ethanol to meet the 5% target. Read more at http://www.financialexpress.com/article/markets/commodities/less-than-a-third-of-ethanol-blending-target-may-be-met/55503/