AUSTRALIA’S aquatic producers are gearing up to capture the fish they eat and use to create algae biofuels.
A research project led by Australian Aquaculture Science University and Queensland University of Technology has created a new process for producing biofuel from algae.
Key points:The algae is grown in a process known as aquaculturismA research team from the University of Queensland used the algae to produce a fuel sourceA team from University of Adelaide also worked on the projectThe project involves creating biofuel by capturing fish that eat algaeThe research is an effort to use algae as a fuel, said Aquacultursis research fellow Peter Cairns.
“We’ve been looking at algae for a long time and the research we’re doing is the first step towards being able to make fuel from it,” he said.
“If we can get it to grow and eat algae, we can actually produce biofuel.”
It’s a lot easier to grow the algae than to grow plants, and we know that plants grow faster when they’re eaten.
“Mr Cairn said the project was aimed at capturing the algae-eating fish known as cichlid, a type of small to medium-sized fish found in the seas around Australia.
The algae was harvested from the bottom of the ocean, and then grown in an aquacultural system known as an aquaponics system.”
There’s lots of different things you can do with this type of system, but one of the things we’re looking at is how do you grow a fish and make algae biofuel?” he said