BioCentric Energy to produce algae oil in China

By Erin Voegele
Web exclusive posted Oct. 7, 2008 at 1:59 p.m. CST

BioCentric Energy Algae LLC, a subsidiary of California-based BioCentric Energy Inc., is developing an algae oil project in the Guangdong Providence of China.

According to Dennis Fisher, president and chief executive officer of BioCentric Energy, the Chinese government has granted the company 50 hectares (110 acres) of land adjacent to an industrial site in Wahan, China.

The industrial site emits 40,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually through its smokestack. BioCentric Energy will capture the carbon dioxide and feed it to an algae solution contained within 6.5 miles of 25 inch pipe. The piping system will be constructed in pod formation, with each pod containing 480 feet of pipe. Fisher anticipates BioCentric Energy will have 40 pods producing oil by June 2009. Once complete, the facility is expected to generate approximately 80 tons of algae biomass per day.

Fisher said the algae utilized by the project will generate approximately 47 percent oil, which will be extracted and sold to biodiesel producers. The remaining algae biomass will be converted into biogas used to fuel microturbines and produce electricity. Engineering on the project has already begun. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in December.