New Zealand-based Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation announced yesterday that it will collaborate, as a co-funding partner, with the United States Gas Technology Institute (GTI) on an advanced biomass conversion technology programme worth US$3.1million that will be part funded by the US Department of Energy.
Earlier this year, Aquaflow also announced it would be working with Honeywell’s UOP on another algal technology project funded by the US Department of Energy.
Aquaflow director Nick Gerritsen said: “We have reached another major milestone in expanding our US-based partnerships and project involvement and we are delighted to be working with GTI in this space.”
“Both US projects demonstrate the breadth of the Aquaflow technology platform and its ability to work with partners to target and develop specific solutions in a complimentary fashion. The US Department of Energy is to be congratulated for its ongoing support. Without doubt this work will herald in the next generation of renewable fuels and chemicals from fresh algae biomass,” commented Gerritsen.
GTI, an Illinois-based company, are a leading not-for-profit research, development and training organization. They have been addressing US’ energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 65 years. To date, GTI programs have resulted in nearly 500 products, 750 licenses, and more than 1,200 associated patents.
Terry Marker, Bioenergy Initiatives manager, said of this latest program: “This project will demonstrate the conversion of algae biomass directly to gasoline and diesel fuel using integrated hydropyrolysis and hydroconversion technology. At GTI we believe the key to future algae utilization is developing economical processes for converting algae to hydrocarbon fuels.”
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