Sequestering industrial waste demonstration project
On the 3rd of March, 2010, Aquaflow announced that it will be working with Honeywell’s UOP on a project to demonstrate technology that captures carbon dioxide and cultivates algae for use in biofuels and energy production. This forms part of a cooperative agreement between UOP and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Aquaflow is contributing the accumulated knowledge and experience gained from its Blenheim site to grow and assess key characteristics of algae species indigenous to waterways on the demonstration site. The company is working with its US based staff in a series of monitored algae cultivation trials involving CO2 and nutrient waste water from a Honeywell manufacturing site in Hopewell, Virginia.
UOP is using the Department of Energy funding for the design of a cost effective and efficient demonstration system that will capture carbon dioxide from exhaust stacks at Honeywell’s manufacturing facility in Hopewell, Virginia. The CO2 as well as the nitrogen laden waste water will then be delivered in a controlled and efficient process to a pond near the plant, where algae will be grown using technology developed by Aquaflow. The intended environmental benefits are the reduction of nitrogen discharges in to the James River and the reduction of net CO2 emissions from the plant. The algae laden ponds that will be produced using the nitrogen rich waste streams enhanced with the CO2 captured from the exhaust stacks will be subjected to Aquaflow’s algae harvesting process. Algal biomass can later be used for conversion into biofuels.