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Algae.Tec and Lufthansa sign MoU to evaluate potential of algae-oil based aviation biofuels

Algae.Tec and Lufthansa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate jointly the potential for algae oil from Algae.Tec’s bio-reactors to be developed into a sustainable source of aviation biofuels. (Earlier post.)

The Algae.Tec system combines closed control of algae production within an engineered modular environment and efficient downstream biofuel processing.

Algae.Tec was founded in 2008 with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Perth, Western Australia. The company claims that its algae technology has provided step-change improvements in productivity, product yield, carbon dioxide sequestration, plant footprint requirements and substantial capital/cost savings versus agricultural crops and other competitive algae processes in the industry.

In July, Lufthansa launched a six-month biofuel trial on regular scheduled flights—the first airline worldwide to do so. A Lufthansa Airbus A321 is flying the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route four times daily, with one of its engines running on a 50/50 mix of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene. (Earlier post.)


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