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Motion on Nelson Mandela University's Microalgae-to-Energy Project

The African National Congress moves without notice: That the House

1) notes that the Nelson Mandela University's pioneering microalgae-to-energy project is proving to be a highly versatile eco-solution;
2) recognises that besides cleaning up the atmosphere by mitigating carbon dioxide to grow the algae, and being a source of renewable energy, it is also an effective fertiliser, that can clean up oil-soaked soil, and can even be used to produce a low-smoke, long-lasting fuel for households;
3) recalls that the university's internationally recognised institute for chemical technology, InnoVenton began its microalgae project seven years ago, with the aim of using the algae to mitigate harmful carbon dioxide emissions from factory flue gas, and then harvesting the algal biomass for various renewable energy uses;
4) remembers that as the project progressed, the Department of Science and Technology approved funding for the construction of a small-scale technical demonstration facility at the Nelson Mandela University's on-campus microalgae facility in Port Elizabeth;
5) understands that in their research, they found that in South Africa, more than 7 000 industrial boilers, all burning coal, were being used by various companies to generate heat and steam;
6) believes that the NMU's pioneering microalgae-to-energy project is proving to be a highly versatile eco-solution; and
7) congratulates the team in charge of this pioneering project for their sterling work thus far.

     
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