[China] Formed in 2005, the Inner Mongolia Wushenzhao Ecologica Development Co. Ltd. (IMWED), situated in the Mongolian city Ordos, is a company responsible in the prevention of desertificationand ecological rehabilitation. The company utilize modern farming and agricultural practices to rehabilitate degraded lands and soil, mitigate carbon dioxide and prevent soil erosion.
Up to date, a total of 26,680 hectares of desert land has been reclaimed by the company, turning it into arable farm lands and artificial forests.
According to the “11th Five-year Plan” of China’s Economic Development Plan, IMWED alone reduces 2.8% of the total desertified land in the northeastern part of China, at the same time creating more than 7,000 job opportunities in the agriculture sector.
In year 2010, IMWED invested USD 4.7 million on cultivation of Spirulina in the desert land. Growing Spirulina in a desert land is not a new idea. In 1976, a group of visionary pioneers founded the progenitor of Earthrise, Proteus Corporation, to develop Spirulina blue-green algae as a world food resource in the Sonoran desert of southeastern California.
Currently, IMWED Spirulina farm is producing 200 tons of dried Spirulina powder per year in 13 hectare of raceway ponds.
In 2012, in order to promote the Spirulina consumer products, IMWED formed a subsidiary known as Jiahepuhui Biotechnological company to focus on sales and marketing.
IMWED is also conducting research on the utilization of biomass power plant emission to enhance the growth of Spirulina in their raceway farm. The company constructed a biomass power plant to burn lumber, agricultural or construction/demolition wood wastes, turning them into electricity.
Unlike coal power plant, the biomass power plant produces cleaner emission with lesser amount of metallic oxide, NOx and SOx. The researchers believe that the flue gas, mainly carbon dioxide, from the biomass power plant can be utilized directly by the Spirulina farm without using expensive treatment.
Algae World News conducted a tele-conversation with a local officer at the city council of Inner Mongolia. There are more than 20 companies, similar to IMWED, who are operating Spirulina farms of varied size in the economic development region of Ordos city.
Inner Mongolia Wushenzhao Ecological Industry Development Co.,Ltd (内蒙古乌审召生态产业发展有限公司)
Address: Wushenzhao Ecological Industrial Park, 017320 Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China 内蒙古鄂尔多斯乌审旗乌审召生态工业园区。电话：15004776963/0477-7490311
Tel: 15004776963, 0477-7490311
Email: [email protected] (Rong Yan)
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