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Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Tom Rickey, PNNL, (509) 375-3732

Process simplifies transformation of algae to oil, water and usable byproducts

RICHLAND, Wash. – Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.

The research by engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was reported recently in the journal Algal Research. A biofuels company, Utah-based Genifuel Corp., has licensed the technology and is working with an industrial partner to build a pilot plant using the technology.

In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor. Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae. Continue reading Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

Biofuels maker says airlines worried about survival, not CO2

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By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. airlines are too worried about survival to address the big impact their planes are having on the environment, the company behind the world’s first commercial bio jet fuel plant said on Tuesday.

Solena Group, which is developing a facility in California to make renewable jet fuel from municipal waste, is banking on the European Union’s proposal to cap airlines’ emissions of greenhouse gases to drive demand for its product. Continue reading Biofuels maker says airlines worried about survival, not CO2