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Project will use algae in biodiesel

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Algae Bioenergy Solutions LLC is on track to start its algae biofuel production in early July.

According to Chuck Pardue, the president of the parent company Green Valley Biofuels, the algae project will open July 15 at its facility on Dixon Airline Road.

"It's an excellent location for us, near several modes of transportation," he said.

The algae will be shipped to Green Valley Biofuels, which produces biodiesel, and currently uses soybean oil as feedstock. Pardue said the algae grown at the Dixon Airline Road facility will replace the soybean oil completely over the coming years.

The idea has been in the works since 2007, he said.

"Our initial funding is here, and we're excited," he said.

The algae is grown in a modular system, which the company will expand and build on as funding is raised.

For the July opening, the facility will have one 1,000-square-foot module and a laboratory. The company will employ 10 to 12 people to start but plans to hire more than 200 over the next two years.

"We certainly have enough funding to get started, but we're also looking forward to growing over the next few years," Pardue said.

Algae Bioenergy Solutions works closely with Pennsylvania-based BARD Holding Inc., which is managing the technical side of the venture.

BARD is hiring the microbiologists and lab technicians, and Pardue said almost all of those positions have been filled.

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countyman
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countyman 06/15/11 - 05:22 pm
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Wow!! The private investment

Wow!! The private investment continues to roll into Richmond County daily... I'm glad to hear the initial investment of $10 million and 15 employees is only the starting point.. The recent job posting I saw for the Algae facility started at $70k and up..

If we can get the $100 million Bottle Tek(100 jobs) facility, the Target/Chick Fil A/Ruby Tuesday shopping center, and the 300 mix-use waterfront development near Augusta Regional Airport to start construction this year.. The quality of life in South Augusta would automatically jump to another level...

The redevelopment of Regency Mall would be the icing on the cake...

madgerman
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madgerman 06/15/11 - 06:50 pm
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I am not so sure they are
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I am not so sure they are going to get much out of a module thesize of about 2 swimming pools. As a follow on I also hope the algae is grown under a covered facility and dosen't stink up the neighborhoods they elected to set up shop near.

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Riverman1 06/16/11 - 05:17 am
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Ummmm, Chuck Pardue, the

Ummmm, Chuck Pardue, the local lawyer who was going to run as an independent for the state senate?

These type plants are controversial due to discharges and odors. The Martek Winfield, KY algae plant caused an explosion at the wastewater treatment plant in that town. They were discharging large amounts of hexane into sewers. I wonder how this plant intends to discharge their wastes?

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Craig Spinks 06/16/11 - 11:31 am
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GOOD LUCK to Mr. Pardue and

GOOD LUCK to Mr. Pardue and his associates in their efforts to produce biodiesel feedstock in Augusta.

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algaeprofact 06/16/11 - 01:17 pm
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Algae can be grown in a

Algae can be grown in a confined space (module size), enclosed space utilizing a loop system nutrient stream with little to no discharge..make up water to cover evaporation product usage is controled. Odors are very limited since the modules are enclosed. Toxic discharges are not part of the system. Once the system/technology is in place Augusta will be known for being the first city in the country with a fully operational Algae commercial operation supplying ALGAE for Neutriceutical (OMEGA 3), Pharma, Agricultural and Biofuel applications. Give this a chance and encourage its growth, foreign oil imports must go and educate yourself on the process www.absgreenfuels.com

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/16/11 - 05:04 pm
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Algaeprofact, I don't mean to

Algaeprofact, I don't mean to be negative and used to own lots of stock in Martek, the algal producer of DHA for infant formula and other things. They were recently bought out as you may know. But they did have a big problem with the hexane waste. Does this system use hexane as the extraction solvent? If you get bigger will more discharge be produced? Is the discharge going into the sewers or straight to the river?

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Riverman1 06/17/11 - 01:01 pm
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Algaeprofact, can you or

Algaeprofact, can you or Chuck Pardue answer my questions about the hexane and its disposal?

Pu239
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Pu239 06/19/11 - 08:20 pm
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From the Christian Science
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From the Christian Science Monitor - "On Thursday, the Senate voted 73 to 27 on a bipartisan measure to eliminate $6 billion in annual tax subsidies for ethanol producers." I seem to remember that Green Valley Biofuels was not economically viable when the government cut subsidies that pertain to ethanol and biodiesel fuels. What becomes of this facility is subsidies are cut again?

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