KLM, AlgaeLink to explore algae for jet fuel

By Jerry W. Kram | May 14, 2008
Web exclusive posted June 5, 2008 at 1:22 p.m. CST

Dutch companies AlgaeLink N.V. and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will cooperate on a pilot project to develop an alternative aviation fuel from algae. The announcement of the exclusive agreement was made at the Future Fuels Aviation Summit in London.

"Because of our expertise in optimizing algae growth in a photo-bioreactor (PBR) and the extraction of biomass and oil out of the PBR, they came to us," said Hans Van de Ven, managing director of AlgaeLink.

Cruise companies have contacted AlgaeLink as well. "At this point in time we are negotiating with the world's largest cruise liner to build an algae-growing-and-oil-extraction-system on a cruise ship," Van de Ven said. "The emitted carbon dioxide will be intercepted and together with the biological waste of the ship will be used within the algae-to-oil-system. The oil will be extracted on board the ship and can be used, after refining, directly in the diesel engines."

The Future Fuels Aviation Summit examined new developments concerning the consumption of fuel in the future. A road map for the next 5 to 15 years has been created as a guideline for the aviation fuel sector. Experts gave lectures on fuel efficiency techniques which can be implemented today and new possibilities for use of alternative fuels by the aviation industry. AlgaeLink presented several new technologies which proved it is feasible to produce alternative aviation fuel for the industry.
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