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Algae fuels energy project

RESEARCH: Dale Bachmann at work in his Joyce Rd laboratory. He is working on experimental research and analysis with algae as a renewable energy resource.
RESEARCH: Dale Bachmann at work in his Joyce Rd laboratory. He is working on experimental research and analysis with algae as a renewable energy resource. Contributed

PLAINLAND resident Dale Bachmann is working on a project aimed at easing the world's energy problems.

At his Joyce Rd laboratory Mr Bachmann is engaged in experimental research and analysis with algae, seeking a renewable and harmonic energy source.

"The aim is to get a specific culture of algae," he said. "Once that is done, we want to make it available to the public enabling them to buy a culture and produce their own bio-fuels.

"With the world expected to run out of fossil fuels in the foreseeable future, the search for an alternative fuel source is now more important than ever. Also, we can take the monopoly away from the big players in the industry and put energy back into the hands of the people.

"When Mother Nature puts something in our face, it's usually for a reason."

Mr Bachmann is working in conjunction with Professor Peer Schenk of the University of Queensland who is conducting his own project at Pinjarra Hills.

"Dale contacted me in relation to the work he was doing, and I was only too pleased to be able to assist him," Professor Schenk said.

"He told me had algae on a dam on his property that appeared to be producing oil.

"Algae can be groomed from any water source including saline and brackish water so long as the area is relatively flat. Their productivity is 10 to 20 times higher than other crops.

"They can easily double their biomass in one day and their cultivation does not need to compete with arable land.

"The only thing preventing us from doing this on a larger scale is the cost.

"However, we are working towards making the end product simple and cost effective."

Topics:  algae, professor peer schenk, renewable energy




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