Ethanol from microalgae will complement the first-generation plant


Edmundo Barbosa Coelho, Sindalcool – Syndicate of Ethanol Manufacturing Industry in the State of Paraíba, CEO, involved in the search for new technologies for the bioenergy sector, believes that the production of ethanol from microalgae will benefit the environment and the sector.

“This technology has been around for 8 years and is being developed in the United States. Ethanol production from microalgae genetically modified, use the CO2 generated by fermentation of first generation ethanol plants,” he explains.

According to Barbosa, the business structure is already planned and involves an area of 1000 hectares and is guaranteed to produce 45 million to 56 million liters of ethanol per year, and provides a consumption of 150 tons of CO2, which would improve considerably the energy balance in the plants.

“It is a complementary technology to first generation ethanol and only offer benefits. Introducing this technology will be through partnerships with established companies and will use this CO2 givend by the plants of the first generation technology. Besides, if we can make a first generation ethanol plant even more sustainable, avoiding these emissions, that would be great, “he explains.

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