COMSTE BACKS RP ENTRY INTO ALGAE BIOFUEL COMPETITION

http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2011/0219_angara1.asp

The Congressional Commission on Science Technology and Engineering (COMSTE) is supporting the expansion of research and development (R&D) into the use of algae as a biofuel by backing the Philippine entry into the 2011 Algae competition.

The competition seeks to find visionary food and energy systems. Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Chair of COMSTE said that a team from Alson’s Aquaculture and the Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC) has been collaborating as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to study the use of algae as a biofuel.

COMSTE reports that initial experiments in the country demonstrate that the use of algae as a biofuel has high potential, and it can also be used as a carbon capture mechanism when coupled with coal-fired plants.

The team from the AIC and Alsons, plus two other photo bio-reactor companies aims to study optimal conditions that will promote the growth of algae and the cleaning of coal fired plants by placing nearby aquaculture ponds.

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