Algae-based biofuel creation sees Taiwan pursue bioenergy technology

Researchers in Taiwan believe they are a step closer to creating algae-based alternative fuels.

A project has been conducted by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the Fisheries Research Institute and the results, which have been seen by the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), confirm that Taiwan is getting closer to creating a cost-effective, environmentally friendly fuel product.

‘Microalgae has the advantages of fast growth, carbon sequestration and is high in lipid content. Our natural environment is perfect for developing this energy source which does not compete for land resources with agricultural production,’ an MOEA spokesperson says.

Estimates made by the MOEA put initial production of algae-based diesel at 15,000 litres a year, while absorbing around 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

‘This result will be an impressive benchmark and a good return on ROC government support of microalgae bioenergy R&D over the past six years,’ the official adds.

The ITRI has also just signed a memorandum of understanding  with the US Department of Energy’s National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Products which it says will help promote the development of microalgae harvesting technology.

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