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Algae biofuel production plans unveiled

Ground-breaking trials using algae to produce biofuel are being spearheaded by Veolia Environmental Services (VES).

VES is working with Imperial College London, looking at the potential for creating biofuels by capturing the carbon emitted at its energy from waste facilities. Ultimately, the company hopes to close the loop by using this biofuel to power its RCV fleet.

VES head of technology Richard Kirkman told MRW: “Biofuels are a big feature of the future because as fossil fuel runs out we’ll have to create our own. We want to make sure we’re a part of this and what we’re proposing makes sense. If we can recover just 5% of the CO2 we emit it’s a great step in the right direction.”

The technology works by tapping the chimneys at the energy from waste facilities for their CO2. This is then put through a tube and eaten by a specific species of oily algae. The oil is then extracted and synthesised into biodiesel.

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