Chile E-CL launches biodiesel, biogas system at Tocopilla plant
Dec 5, 2013 - A Chilean consortium led by power company E-CL (SCL:ECL) launched yesterday a pilot system that uses gases from E-CL's Tocopilla thermal plant to produce biodiesel and biogas through microalgae.
E-CL holds 41% in the Desert Bioenergy consortium. The other shareholders are the University of Antofagasta, Productora de Algas Marinas, University of La Frontera and Molinera Gorbea.
The system started operations after over two years of research. The consortium estimates it needs nearly five years and a total investment of USD 7 million (EUR 5.2m) to develop the project.
E-CL is Chile's fourth largest power producer and the main producer within the northern grid SING.
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