Producers of New Zealand biofuels join forces

Aquaflow Bionomic and Solray Energy

With the aim to improve the economics of algal biofuel production, two New Zealand-based research companies- Aquaflow Bionomic and Solray Energy- have joined forces.

It should be noted that several industries including dairy, meat and paper, produce nutrient-rich wastewater, which must be treated before it can legally be discharged into the watercourse.

For this purpose, 'settling ponds' are brought in use to get rid of organic sludge from the wastewater. One of the essential parts of the process is algae, which feeds on the sludge.

Earlier, Aquaflow Bionomic and Solray Energy had been working individually on the processes of turning the algae grown in settling ponds into a usable biofuel. It is being claimed by Aquaflow that it is developing a 'bio-remediation' process that optimizes the ponds' cleaning properties.

On other hand, Solray claims that it has patented a machine, which permits the algae to be quickly transformed to crude oil - effectively and massively speeding the natural formation of fossil oil.

The companies have arrived on the decision of combining the two innovations. The algal production of biofuel should become more economically attractive, by charging the industry for the algal cleaning of wastewater.