Advancing marine microalgae biofuel to commercialisation
Australia and the broader global community are searching for viable, sustainable alternatives to fossil oil as future sources of liquid fuels, and to develop superior solutions to biofuels currently produced from food crops such as corn-based ethanol and biodiesel from palm oil. The aim of project was to scale-up Muradel’s marine microalgae to biofuel technology to demonstration scale and develop an investment case.
- Lead organisation:
- Muradel Pty Ltd
- Project partners:
- SQC Pty Ltd, Murdoch University, Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd
- Whyalla, SA
- ARENA programme:
- Support for advanced biofuels
- Start date:
- February 2012
- Finish date:
- June 2015
Achievements and lessons learned
Muradel was able to build and operate a demonstration scale facility to assess the commercial feasibility of converting microalgae to biocrude. Muradel successfully demonstrated that an energy positive biofuel could be produced from micoralgae and that the carbon footprint was less than the derived equivalent fuel. However biofuels could not be produced at parity with fossil fuels using microalgae as the biomass feedstock demonstrating that significant barriers exist to the economic production of algal biofuels.
A major outcome from the project was the development of Muradel’s proprietary HTL technology, which is able to transform a wide range of organic feedstocks to biofuels and specialty chemicals. Muradel’s current focus is in converting low cost feedstocks (renewable waste sources) to renewable fuels and chemicals.
- Mr Ollie Clark AM, Executive Chairman, Muradel Pty Ltd
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