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Project3 Practical Use of Algal Biomass Energy

Project3 藻類バイオマスエネルギーの実用化
石油代替燃料として期待される藻類バイオマスの実用化に向けて、耕作放棄地を活用し、平成27年度までに屋外大量培養技術の確立を図り、世界的エネルギー問題の解決に資するとともに、藻類産業の創出を図る。
Several species of algae can effciently produce oil. For example, the potential hydrocarbon-oil production of microalga, Botryococcus braunii is estimated to be 118 t per 1 ha per year, which is much greater than 0.2 t for maize and 6.1 t for palm.
Aurantiochytrium has only one third of hydrocarbon content of Btryococcus braunii, but grows 36 times faster and thus produces 12 times more hydrocarbon than Botryococcus braunii.
These biofuels will improve the low oil self-sufficiency of Japan and help mitigate global warming.

Development of mass production technologies

大規模生産技術の開発

Studies

  • Preparing for demonstration experiments to establish technologies for
    outdoor mass production of algae (’“”’2012)
  • Construction of an outdoor test plant (in ’“”’2012)
  • Use of official vehicle of Tsukuba City fueled with algae-derived crude oil (2013’“”•–’“”—2015)
  • Production of crude oil from algae in the test plant (’“”•2013–2015’“”—)

Main Institutes Involved

University of Tsukuba, related enterprises, Tsukuba City, Prefectural Government of Ibaraki

A Related Organization

 

Pamphlet

【Practical use of algal biomass energy leaflet(PDF)】


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