Algae+CO2= biofuel (Photo: EcoSherpa)
Biofuels developed from CO2-grown microalgae
Thursday, June 16, 2011, 00:50 (GMT + 9)
Spanish Petroleum Company SA (Cepsa) and the University of Huelva (UHU) signed a research contract to develop biofuel production from microalgae grown with carbon dioxide (CO2).
This research project, called "Lipid Production of Energy Value with Industrial CO2-Grown Microalgae,” has been joined by experts from Cepsa Research Center, University of Cádiz, from BIO-OILS SL, a company producing biodiesel, and the Institute of Fat from Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).
This initiative, which will last two years, will be held at the premises of the International Centre for Research and Ecological and Environmental Conventions (Ciecem).
In a first phase, the capacity of the selected microalgae will be analysed and exploited to produce useful molecules in the production of biofuels, EFE news agency reported.
This project has the support of UHU young scientific researchers, linked to the Andalusian Plan of Investigation and the Andalusian Institute of Biotechnology; and the experience and resources from the participating companies and institutions.
According to the scientist in charge of the project, Carlos Vilchez Lobato, "this will help to position Cepsa and the University of Huelva on the international map of the consortia committed to the development of new energy resources produced by means of photosynthesis, in this case, using microorganisms capable of fixing atmospheric and industrial CO2 with solar radiation."
The director of Technology from Cepsa, Jaime Berbés, and the rector of UHU, Francisco J. Martínez participated in the signing of the contract.
By Analia Murias