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Title: Algae to Bio-Crude in Less Than 60 Minutes

Engineers have created a chemical process that produces useful crude oil just minutes after engineers pour in harvested algae -- a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup. The PNNL team combined several chemical steps into one continuous process that starts with an algae slurry that contains as much as 80 to 90 percent water. Most current processes require the algae to be dried -- an expensive process that takes a lot of energy. The research has been licensed by Genifuel Corp.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1132935
Resource Type:
Other
Research Org:
PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS ALGAE; FUEL; ALTERNATIVE FUELS; BIO-CRUDE; FUEL RESEARCH; CRUDE-OIL