Loy Yang A Bio Carbon Capture and Storage project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Loy Yang A Bio Carbon Capture and Storage project is a proposal to convert flue gases from the Loy Yang A power station to algae and in turn extract oil and animal feed. [1][2]

The company proposing the pilot plant is MBD Energy, an unlisted Australian company which has the major coal company, Anglo American, as a "cornerstone investor"[1][3] Anglo Coal's Global CEO, Seamus French, is a non-executive director of MBD Energy.[1]

(In 2006 The Age reported that it was planned to establish a trial carbon dioxide to biofuels plant at the Hazelwood Power Station. It was reported that the proposal by Energetix, a division of the Victor Smorgon Group, would "cover about 60 metres by 10 metres and will sequester only a small amount of carbon." If the trial went well, the newspaper reported, the expansion of the project to use approximately 1,000 hectares of land "could allow the sequestration of about 5 per cent of Hazelwood's 17 million tonnes of annual carbon dioxide emissions."[4] Energetix is now a part of the Smorgon Group's subsidiary, Biomax Fuels. On its website, the company states that it "has the technology to recycle CO2 emissions to produce biofuels through the photosynthesis process with micro-algae" but does not mention any ongoing trials at the Hazelwood power station.[5])

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Loy Yang Power, CO2 capture and algae synthesiser project announced", Loy Yang Report, Year 15, Issue 7, April 29, 2009, page 1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "MBD1" defined multiple times with different content
  2. MBD Energy, "About Us", MBD Energy website, accessed August 2010.
  3. MBD Energy, "Anglo invests to develop CO2 capture technology based on algae synthesis", Media Release, Media Release, November 19, 2009.
  4. Rod Myer, "Trial plant to transform emissions into biofuels", The Age, November 13, 2006.
  5. Biomax Fuels, "Fuel from Algae: Recycling carbon emissions to produce biofuels", BioMax Fuels website, accessed September 2010.

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