Scottsdale’s PetroSun is putting into operation the first Algae to Biodiesel plant in the U.S. They will operate this facility in Rio Honda Texas. The plan is to produce 4.4 million gallons of algal oil and 110 million lbs. of biomass per year off a series of saltwater ponds spanning 1,100 acres. The biomass can be used as feed or even fermented and used to make ethanol. For more on this story head over to Gas 2.0.
PetroSun is also working with Optimum biofuels to build a algae biodiesel plant in Arizona near Coolidge. For this plant they plan to plan to generate all their own power, consume no fossil fuels, and be carbon neutral. It’ll be interesting to see how that all pans out. It’d be great if they can achieve all their goals. I don’t know their plans on who they will be selling it to, but hopefully most of it stays in state. From what I hear from other biodiesel producers here there is a huge demand from fleets in Arizona for bio. For more on this click here.