First Commercial Large-Scale Microalgae Biorefinery

Opinion, by Alfonso Stefanini

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The last time I spoke about Spirulina I was in college, but here am I years later writing about how microalgal biodiesel has the potential to substitute and replace our transport fossil diesel dependence. Only recently, an unidentified Brazilian invested R$32 million or approximately US$16 million to build the world's first large-scale microalgae biodiesel farm.

With the support of Rio's state Science and Technology department and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), this Fluminense-based biorefinery will begin producing microalgae diesel as of October 2012 . . .

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