The Goheung-gun government held on June 24 the dedication ceremony of the ‘Sea Algae Bio-ethanol Pilot Plant’ at the Sea Algae Bio-ethanol Research Center that can produce 1.2 million liters a year. The sea algae bio-ethanol is the third generation bio-energy.
The dedication ceremony was attended by about 500 officials, industry executives and regional residents, including Governor Pak Byeong-jong of Goheung-gun, Speaker Pak Geum-rae of the Goheung-gun Council, Director General Im Yeong-muk of Green Growth Office at Jeollanam-do, and officials at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) and Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. At the ceremony, Biol Systems (President: Kim In-sik), which has original technologies for producing bio-ethanol, conducted trial run of bio-ethanol processing facilities, and took a car for a test drive using produced bio-ethanol as fuel.
Since the Goheung-gun government and Biol Systems concluded an MOU in 2009 to produce sea algae bio-ethanol as part of the new growth engine fund program of the central government, the two organizations constructed the pilot plant in space of 3,362.7 square meters, investing a total of 15 billion won (9 billion won of government fund plus 6 billion won of private capital). Its facilities include those for preprocessing, saccharification, fermentation, distillation and anhydrization. After conducting test run, they elicited the underlying engineering solution for commercial plant.
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