Irish researchers convert algae to biodiesel

By Ryan C. Christiansen | September 16, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 25, 2008 at 2:46 p.m. CST

Alternative Energy Resources Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland, and a team of researchers led by Dr. Patrick Murray at the National University of Ireland in Galway have successfully developed a process that will produce biodiesel from local species of algae, according to John Travers, chief executive for Alternative Energy Resources.

Travers said the process that has been developed will convert algae to biodiesel at high rates, but declined to give specifics about the research. Alternative Energy Resources has been working with researchers at the National University of Ireland in Galway for the past 18 months on the project, he said. According to Travers, Alternative Energy Resources will seek to commercialize and license the technology that is being developed.
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