Kelvin power station to house biodiesel plant
- Kelvin power station to house biodiesel plant
Kelvin power station to house biodiesel plant Biofuels producer De
Beers Fuel, which hopes to be the first in the world to
commercialise algae biofuel production, announced that its first
engineering scale plant will be located at Kelvin power station, on
the East Rand.
In an exclusive interview with Engineering News Online, CEO Frik De
Beer said on Thursday that the engineering scale plant, which would
cost about R350 000 an acre to build, was scheduled for
commissioning sometime between April and May.
He pointed out that the plant would be built over two-and-a-half
acres at a cost of R875 000.
He explained that the company would start with earthworks
preparation and plant erection (which would house algae growth
tubes) by the middle of January.
De Beers had signed a 15-year contract with Kelvin power station on
"The control unit is already under construction by Green Fields
Technologies in the US and should be here by February," he reported.
Commercial roll-out to algae farms is expected soon after
Meanwhile, De Beers reported that it was looking to establish its
algae biofuels plants close to high carbon dioxide emitting
companies, such as petrochemicals giant Sasol and State-owned power
"We are in talks with Eskom, steel factories and cement factories,"
De Beers noted, adding that the company had chosen to approach
Kelvin power station because it was privately owned and thus took
less discussion time. In addition to Kelvin power station benefiting
from the elimination of carbon dioxide emissions, the dried algae
would be used as stock feed to supplement the coal used at the power
station, at a saving of up to 40% on coal consumption, De Beers said.
He also revealed that the Kelvin power station plant would
incorporate the new reactor, which would decrease process time from
one hour fifty-five minutes to only five minutes.
"The new reactor has a shorter process time, has a better control
system and provides consistency," De Beers highlighted, adding that
the reactor was currently being connected at its pilot plant in