Exxon Mobil Corp is testing the commercial viability of algae biofuel as an alternative energy source to supplement oil and natural gas, a senior executive said.
“We are testing the hypothesis that algae biofuels could become commercially viable and achieve sufficient scale to make meaningful contribution to the future energy mix,” said ExxonMobil’s senior vice president Andrew Swiger.
Global energy demand is expected to rise by almost 35 percent by 2030, from 2005 levels, he said. “It is early days in this research, and the obstacles we face are formidable, but the potential is great,” Swiger added
He said Exxon currently has an interest in 4,900 megawatts of cogeneration capacity at more than 30 sites worldwide. New facilities under construction in Singapore will boost that capacity to more than 5,000 megawatts by next year 2011. Source: Reuters (Jun 7, 2010)
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