Mitsubishi Corp and SBC explore use of algae as feedstock gears up

Mohamad Morshidi (right) andNakanishi (left) exhange the agreement documents witnessed by Amar Abang Zohari (centre). Looking on (L-R) are Datu Haji Ismawi Ismuni (Deputy State Secretary for Socioeconomic Transformation), Dr Yeo Tiang Chia (CEO of SBC), Mr Kenzo Ohta (Chief Executive in Malaysia, Mitsubishi Corp) and Datu Haji Len Talif Salleh (Assistant Minister for Environment Sarawak).

SEMENGOH, SARAWAK: Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) will move into the next phase of a research collaboration which started in year 2012. The collaboration between MC and SBC has reached Phase 3 (Demonstration and Validation of Commercially Viable Microalgal Biomass Production Technologies) which will implement an outdoor facility to demonstrate and validate commercially viable microalgal biomass production technologies with the technical assistance of a biotechnology company from Japan, the CHITOSE Group.

The collaboration will devise new design in cultivation technology based on long term semi-continuous operation and generate knowhow