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Parihaka
12 May 06,, 03:09
12.05.06
By Errol Kiong

A New Zealand company has successfully turned sewage into modern-day gold.

Marlborough-based Aquaflow Bionomic yesterday announced it had produced its first sample of bio-diesel fuel from algae in sewage ponds.

It is believed to be the world's first commercial production of bio-diesel from "wild" algae outside the laboratory - and the company expects to be producing at the rate of at least one million litres of the fuel each year from Blenheim by April.

To date, algae-derived fuel has only been tested under controlled conditions with specially grown algae crops, said spokesman Barrie Leay.

Aquaflow's algae, however, were derived from excess pond discharge from the Marlborough District Council's sewage treatment works. Algae take most chemicals out of sewage, but having too many of them taints the water and produces a foul smell.

Creating fuel from the algae removes the problem while producing useful clean water, said Mr Leay. The clean water can then be used for stock food, irrigation and, if treated properly, for human consumption.

Mr Leay said the process could also benefit dairy farmers and food processors as the algae also thrive in those industries' waste streams.

And unlike some bio-fuel sources which require crops to be specially grown - using more land, fuel, chemicals and fertilisers - the algae already exist extensively.

To get the fuel, the algae are processed into a pulp before lipid oils are extracted to be turned into bio-diesel.
FROM HERE (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10381404)
This is truly excellent. Dairy farmers are the biggest polluters in NZ by a factor of 10. If this method makes it economically viable to clean up their waste water it'll make a huge difference to the ecology of this country, plus I just like the idea of running all those SUV's on cow ****

Officer of Engineers
12 May 06,, 03:51
This is bullsh!t.

TopHatter
12 May 06,, 03:56
This is bullsh!t.
What's next? Horsesh!t? :confused:

Parihaka
12 May 06,, 03:58
Damn straight, and we'll be exporting it to you guys at premium prices before you know it :biggrin:

TopHatter
12 May 06,, 04:16
Damn straight, and we'll be exporting it to you guys at premium prices before you know it :biggrin:
Great...just what we need. New Zealand oil sheiks. :frown:



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Parihaka
12 May 06,, 04:30
Yeah I can see it all now. We'll corner the market on cow ****, form a cartel, hold the world to ransom, demand that America provides our security, spend all our money on hookers and casinos and secretly fund terrorist organisations dedicated to spreading the word of the new religion Kiwijihadism (SBUT) everywhere.

Officer of Engineers
12 May 06,, 04:31
Great...just what we need. New Zealand oil sheiks. :frown:

No, NZ Manure Barons

Parihaka
12 May 06,, 04:36
No, NZ Manure Barons
Sh:t Stirrers would do fine

667medic
12 May 06,, 19:06
Aquaflow Bionomic
BTW is this company listed in any of the Exchanges....

indianguy4u
12 May 06,, 20:57
BTW is this company listed in any of the Exchanges....
Wanna buy cheap shares, b4 its goes to dizzy heights :biggrin:.

667medic
12 May 06,, 21:10
Wanna buy cheap shares, b4 its goes to dizzy heights :biggrin:.
This company could come up like all the ethanol companies. Their shares are hitting the rooftop now.... :biggrin: :cool:

indianguy4u
12 May 06,, 21:13
This company could come up like all the ethanol companies. Their shares are hitting the rooftop now.... :biggrin: :cool:
I am waiting for a deep correction, since sensex was @ 8000 level. Still waiting :redface:.

667medic
12 May 06,, 21:18
I am waiting for a deep correction, since sensex was @ 8000 level. Still waiting :redface:.
Yah man, I was hoping for dips when I could join the fun. Who knows, it could go up to 13000-15000 or the bubble might burst. Hopefully the commies will not interfere as they had a strong show in the elections......