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PGE aims to turn Boardman coal-plant pollution into biofuel

PGE and renewable energy developer Columbia Energy Partners announced Thursday that they had begun a pilot project for the algae venture at the utility's Boardman facility in Morrow County.

The experiment siphons off some of the coal plant's CO2 emissions and feeds them to six 12-foot-long tubs of algae sitting on a nearby flatbed truck.

During photo synthesis, the algae gobble up the CO2 and release oxygen into the air. Oil is squeezed out of the mature algae and used to produce a clean-burning biodiesel.

The residue -- a starchy goo -- is turned into ethanol, an alternative to gasoline, and livestock feed.

"This is an opportunity to make a real meaningful difference," said Steve Corson, a PGE spokesman.
 

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I love living in Oregon. For the past 20 years Oregon has lead the way in doing what is right for the environment and the people that live in the state. Getting rid of the "all about me" attitude has worked well for this state.
 

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I love living in Oregon. For the past 20 years Oregon has lead the way in doing what is right for the environment and the people that live in the state. Getting rid of the "all about me" attitude has worked well for this state.
I hear that's why so many Californians are moving there! :fall:
 

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Good news! Given different circumstances I would live in Oregon.

Any type of different thinking for biodiesel is good news.
 

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Take a look at Algenol Biofuel's website.
www.algenolbiofuels.com

Algenol Biofuels

In addition to the 1billion usg/yr facility in Mexico, they plan to build 4 more, of the same size, on American non-farm soil. Judging from the many articles online, they are ready to move into industrial scale production. I believe they could produce all of the ethanol fuel we require, because we have lots of seawater, sunshine and non-arable land.
Lets urge GM and others to take serious note of Algenol and make this low cost ethanol the right choice for Americans. Check out their website: www.algenolbiofuels.com
 
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