All-Gas enters next phase of biogas from algae project
The All-Gas project is co-financed by the European Commission within its Seventh Framework Programme to demonstrate the large scale use of algae for waste water purification and the subsequent use of the produced algae biomass for production of biofuels and biogas.
In December 2017 the demonstration algae plant was inaugurated by the European Union Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete in Chiclana, Spain. The All-Gas project has started its demonstration phase producing quality biogas, which is being tested in various vehicles. The first All-Gas car has been running since 2016 a distance almost around the world, using biogas produced from microalgae.
BDI – BioEnergy International is one of the project partners and evaluates the usage of these algae for the production of algae biodiesel. For this, BDI is responsible for the extraction of the algae oil and its conversion into methyl ester. Algae oil is a very difficult feedstock due to extraction of by-products (e.g. polar lipids). However, BDI could prove that its RepCat process, which was developed for difficult waste based biodiesel feedstock, can handle algae oil without problems.