In a move away from dependence on fossil fuels, Israeli company Seambiotic and NASA’s John Glenn Research Center will jointly research the production of microalgae, which can be used a feedstock for bio-fuel.
Ashkelon-based Seambiotic, founded in 2003, was the first company to use flue gas from coal-burning power stations as a source for carbon dioxide to cultivate microalgae. The nearby Israel Electric Corporation in Ashkelon serves as the source for carbon dioxide and water, which the company uses to cool its turbine.
Seambiotic uses these waste products as a raw material to cultivate the microalgae, making it the cheapest method to harvest the organism. The research was previously conducted on a pilot level, but is now transitioning to a large, industrial size.
“The whole idea is to make the process cheap,” Noam Menczel, Seambiotic’s Director of Investor’s Relations & Business Development said. “NASA will develop theoretical models and we will adapt them on the field [in Ashkelon] and make it workable.”
Seambiotic joined AICC in 2008.
Full Article: Jerusalem Post