First Algae Biodiesel Plant Goes Online: April 1, 2008
PetroSun begins operation of its commercial algae-to-biofuels facility on April
1st, 2008. (Not an April Fools joke.)
The facility, located in Rio Hondo, Texas [located near the southern tip of
Texas, close to the Gulf of Mexico and to the nation of Mexico], will produce an
estimated 4.4 million gallons of algal oil and 110 million lbs. of biomass per
year off a series of saltwater ponds spanning 440 hectares (1,100 acres).
Algae are favored for the production of oil because they are very efficient and
can live in brackish and even salty water. In addition, their use for biocrude
does not cause an increase in food prices as soybean and corn-based biocrude
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