Engineers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae.  The new design could bring algae to a more market ready status. The research results have been published in the journal Algal Research. A biofuels company, […]

Researchers at Aarhus and Aalborg University in cooperation with the firm Steeper Energy Ltd. have developed a new and innovative process that can efficiently convert “all kinds” of biomass to bio-crude oil.  Called HydroThermal Liquefaction (HTL), the process product is sufficiently similar to fossil crude oil that a simple thermal upgrade and existing refinery technology […]

Biology scientists at University of California San Diego genetically engineered marine algae to produce five different kinds of industrially important enzymes and say the same process they used could be employed to enhance the yield of petroleum-like compounds from these salt-water algae.  The team believes with good reason that marine algae can be just as […]

University of Michigan engineers lead by Phil Savage, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor and a professor of chemical engineering can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65% into bio crude oil. Savage said, “We’re trying to mimic the process in nature that forms crude oil with marine organisms.”  It’s […]

The renewable fuel producers are about to up the pressure on the world oil industry, and for consumers it’s not a moment too soon. First off, South Dakota’s government has approved a subsidy of 20 cents per gallon for ethanol plants to transition over to butanol.  The cap for the subsidy is $4 million per […]

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