SarTec Secures Grant from Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund for Algae Proje
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SarTec Secures Grant from Xcel Energy Renewable Development Fund for Algae Project
(Anoka, MN) (May 14, 2008) SarTec Corporation announced today that pending final administrative review, it is ready to start its algae project which has been funded by Xcel Energy's Renewable Development Fund. This project will focus on the biology of algae cultivation. The overall goal of the project is to develop an algae system which can capture carbon dioxide and produce biodiesel from algae oil using the "Mcgyan Process," a revolutionary new process for making biodiesel fuel.
Dr. Mark Rasmussen, senior research scientist at SarTec is serving as microbiology leader of the algae project. "The goal of the project is to develop a clear understanding of the biology involved in algal growth so that efficient algae cultivation systems can be developed to capture CO2 emissions from coal burning power plants. The algal biomass could then be harvested and algae oil extracted and used to produce biodiesel using the Mcgyan Process. Efficient large scale production processes are needed if algae systems are to contribute to the growing biofuels industry. Imagine if all of our diesel fuel could be produced domestically from feedstocks such as algae. Such a system would have a beneficial effect on greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the issue of food versus fuel since algae can be grown on land that is not used for food production," comments Dr. Rasmussen.
The Mcgyan process represents an exciting new way to produce biodiesel continuously by simply running vegetable oil or animal fats along with alcohol (e.g. methanol or ethanol) through a reactor that converts them to biodiesel fuel in as little as 6 seconds. Biodiesel is renewable fuel for diesel engines derived from natural oils like soybean oil, and which meets the specifications of ASTM D 6751. Biodiesel is readily biodegradable and non-toxic.
Dr. Clayton McNeff, the Vice President of Research at SarTec, explains, "The Mcgyan process overcomes almost all current biodiesel production issues and allows for ultra fast continuous production of biodiesel fuel from non-traditional feedstocks. It unlocks the ability to use very high free fatty acid content (> 50%) lipid feedstocks such as algae oil that cannot be efficiently used with traditional technology or with other heterogeneous catalysts. We believe that the combination of abundant feedstock derived from algae combined with the Mcgyan process will one day allow for the replacement of all fossil diesel fuel while helping to preserve our environment."
About SarTec Corporation
SarTec Corporation is a privately held family-owned company founded in 1983 and based in Anoka, Minnesota. SarTec also manufactures a wide variety of natural plant-derived saponin based products for the agricultural industry and an automatic lawn fertilization system for the lawn care industry.