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.