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UK announces world’s largest algal biofuel project

October 23, 2008

Today 23 October 2008 the Carbon Trust has announced a £26m project to develop transport fuels made from algae by 2020.

The Renewable Fuels Agency has identified algae as a potential way to generate sustainable biofuels. Biofuels made from food crops have been blamed for rising food prices.

For the first stage of the project, the Carbon Trust will spend up to £6m in a range of British companies involved in promising algae research. “You can make algae with a very high oil content and you can make algae that grows very quickly and, at the moment, no one can do both,” said Robert Trezona, R&D director at the Carbon Trust.

By coincidence – or not as the case may be, today in Texas a roundtable of algaepreneurs meets to discuss commericialization of algae at National Algae Association Conference’s quarterly Commercialization Business Roundtable, October 23-24, 2008 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference Center in The Woodlands, Texas.

But the biggest coincidence is that today the original ‘algaepreneur’ Harry Hart, is hosting a visit of schoolchildren from Watford to his home in Bury St Edmunds.

He will demonstrate a prototype of his ‘Sholto’ low-cost system for algae production which could be used in the third world to help families produce food.

Harry Hart was a founder member of Global Eco, an organisation founded in the 1970s with the aim of reforesting deserts. Today, Harry believes algae holds out the promise of solving the problems of starvation, and climate change through cycling CO2, using the techniques researched by a team of Global Eco experts in the 70s.

Now isn’t time that someone listened to Harry and put up the relatively small sum of £120,000 needed to resurrect this research?

Perhaps the Carbon Trust is ready to hear our message.

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