MICROALGAS-BIODIESEL.gifEl proyecto es desarrollado por la empresa Bioscan en la Región de Antofagasta, con el cofinanciamiento de InnovaChile. (Foto: Corfo)

Desarrollan tecnología para producir biodiésel a partir de microalgas

Un proyecto apoyado económicamente por el Gobierno chileno promueve la diversificación de la matriz energética mediante la producción de biocombustibles a partir de microalgas.

El objetivo principal de la iniciativa es desarrollar la producción de microalgas que capten el dióxido de carbono de la atmósfera y permitan obtener aceites a precios competitivos para la producción de biodiésel.

El proyecto es desarrollado por la empresa Bioscan en la Región de Antofagasta, con el cofinanciamiento de InnovaChile de la Corporación de Fomento de la Producción (Corfo), que facilitó CLP 323 millones (USD 647.000).

Luego de seleccionar cepas de microalgas eficientes en la producción de lípidos y de optimizar sus condiciones de crecimiento en laboratorio, el proyecto de innovación tecnológica inició su segunda etapa y final.

Agnes Cadavid, directora del Proyecto, explica que el objetivo es generar una solución tecnológica que desarrolle un producto de calidad en cantidad suficiente para que exista interés en la industria de los biocombustibles líquidos.

La aplicación utiliza la biotecnología para producir aceite en algas cultivadas en fotobiorreactores o piscinas, para luego transformar estos aceites en biodiésel, un combustible alternativo al petróleo.

La iniciativa tiene un período de pruebas estipulado en 24 meses.




  1. George

    septiembre 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    The project is being developed by Bioscan in the region of Antofagasta, with co-financing InnovaChile. (Photo: CORFO)

    Development of technology to produce biodiesel from microalgae

    Monday, September 20, 2010, 16:40 (GMT + 9)

    A new project, which is financially supported by the Chilean government, will promote the diversification of energy through the production of biofuels from microalgae.

    The main objective of the initiative is to develop algae production which captures carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and also creates competitively priced biodiesel fuels.

    The project is being developed by Bioscan in the region of Antofagasta, with co-financing from InnovaChile which is part of the Corporation for the Promotion of Production (CORFO), which facilitated CLP 323 million (USD 647,000).

    After selecting effective strains of microalgae to produce lipids and optimised growth conditions in the laboratory, the technologically innovative project is now entering its second and final stage.

    Agnes Cadavid, Project Director, explains that the goal is to create a technological solution to develop a quality product in sufficient quantity so that there is interest in the liquid biofuels industry.

    The application uses biotechnology to produce fuel from algae grown in photobioreactors, pools, and then transform these fuels into biodiesel, an alternative fuel to pertrol.

    The initiative will have a trial period, which is stipulated to be in 24 months time.

  2. Sophie

    septiembre 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Biodiesel industry fails yet again on subsidy

    by PHILIP BRASHER & DAN PILLER • [email protected] • September 19, 2010

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    Buzz up!Twitter FarkIt Type Size A A A The biodiesel industry’s wait for the return of its subsidy continues.

    The Senate turned back an effort Thursday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia., to revive the $1-a-gallon tax credit as part of a small-business bill. The subsidy lapsed at the end of 2009 and repeated efforts to attach it to bills in the Senate have failed.

    Grassley’s move needed 67 votes but received only 41. The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Montana Democrat Max Baucus, called Grassley’s motion and another GOP proposal stunts meant to score political points.

    “These motions are the way that folks try to embarrass other people,” he said.

    Grassley spokeswoman Beth Pellett Levine said the Iowa senator “has been stonewalled by the Democratic leadership for nearly a year now. There isn’t anybody who would blame him for doing everything possible to pass the noncontroversial biodiesel tax credit.”

    The industry is now looking toward having the subsidy included in legislation that would extend many tax provisions.

    “I have confidence that eventually the biodiesel tax incentive will be passed, but I hope it’s not too late for the thousands of people across the country who are already out of work because of the lapse,” Grassley said.

    Michael Frohlich, a spokesman for the National Biodiesel Board, said biodiesel producers “just need to know one way or another” whether the subsidy will return. “It’s the uncertainty that’s really killing the industry at this moment,” he said.

    Iowa idles 128,000 acres in conservation sign-up
    Iowa landowners are enrolling 128,000 acres in the land-idling Conservation Reserve Program this year, enough to more than offset the 117,000 acres worth of expiring contracts.

    Iowa now has 1.64 million acres in the program, which pays landowners to keep highly erodible former cropland out of production for 10 to 15 years.

    Signing up the additional acreage in Iowa came at a relatively high cost to taxpayers. The average annual payment for the new program acreage Iowa is $165 an acre, which is well over the national average of $46 per acre for new contracts and the highest rate of any state.

    Nationwide, the program is losing 4.5 million acres at the end of this month but enrolling 4.3 million acres. That will bring enrollment to 31.2 million acres, which is enough to get close to the program’s 32-million-acre cap while leaving room for additional acres in especially sensitive areas to be added to the program. Texas, which is enrolling 858,000 acres, Colorado and Kansas led in acreage accepted by the Agriculture Department.

    The high payment rate in Iowa reflects the high value of land in the state because of the relatively high prices farmers can get for growing corn and soybeans.

    Number of hungry people falls by 10%, U.N. says
    There is some good news when it comes to the battle against global hunger. The United Nations has lowered its estimate of the number of hungry people worldwide by nearly 10 percent to 925 million, a drop of 98 million.

    The lower number is a result of the stronger economic growth expected this year in developing countries and a drop in food prices that has occurred since the spike in 2008, according to the U.N.’s World Food Program and Food and Agriculture Organization.

    “But with a child dying ever six seconds because of undernourishment-related problems, hunger remains the world’s largest tragedy and scandal,” said Jacques Diouf, the organization’s director-general.

    Even with the reduction, 16 percent of the global population remains hungry, and that means there is a long way to go to meet the Millennium Development Goal set in 2000 to halve the hungry population from 20 percent to 10 percent.

    Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, said the drop in the number of hungry “has more to do with luck than action” and that another food crisis could happen at any time unless governments attack the underlying causes of hunger though increased agricultural development aid and other means.

    Developing countries account for 98 percent of the world’s hungry, according to a report issued by the organization. Two-thirds of the hungry live in seven countries – Bangladesh, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia and Pakistan. More than 40 percent live in China and India alone.

    Farm communities can win Monsanto money
    The Monsanto Fund is giving farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their communities.

    America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is being offered in more than 1,200 counties across 38 states. In Iowa, $247,500 will be invested in rural communities in 99 counties. The program is intended to benefit nonprofit community groups such as ag youth organizations, schools and other civic groups important to America’s farmers.

    Monsanto Fund also will donate $1 to the United Way on behalf of each farmer who signs up for the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The $1 will be donated to the United Way chapter in the home county of the farmer.

    Farmers can apply online at or by calling (877) 267-3332 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (877) 267-3332 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Farmers, age 21 and older who are actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, or 40 acres of open field vegetables, or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture, are eligible. The application period runs through Dec. 31.

    One winner will be randomly selected for each of Iowa’s 99 participating counties. Monsanto Fund will announce winning farmers and recipient organizations by February.

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