Is Algae Biofuel Ready to Take Off?
The Mexican government is funding an initiative to demonstrate industrial algae production to find out how viable it is for use in large-scale jet fuels production.
“Manhattan Project”, as the initiative has been dubbed, has recruited OriginOil, a California-based company that works to make algae competitive with petroleum.
“We are excited to support Mexico’s ‘Manhattan Project’ to produce 1% of the nation’s jet fuel from algae in less than five years,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO.
The project will be operated by Ensenada-based Genesis Ventures with funding from The National Council for Science and Technology for the first site, which will be used as a model for other projects to be co-located with large CO2 sources.
Ensenada’s Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education will be involved with the project because of its “team of world-class researchers, sophisticated laboratory equipment, and bench-scale algae cultivation infrastructure.” Besides, Ensenada offers a suitable environment for algae growth, with abundant sunlight and access to seawater.
Algae researchers from the University of Baja California will also collaborate on the project.
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