The algae slurry that starts the process can be up to 80 percent water
Biocrude produced using the new process
Steps in the process for making fuel from algae – the algae slurry, crude oil, and refined diesel fuel
This muck may fuel your car in the future
PNNL lab manager Tom Hart, pouring some of the unprocessed algae
Engineers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have created a continuous process that produces useful crude oil minutes after harvested algae is introduced. This new process does not require drying out the algae, which grows in water, saving time and energy that would be otherwise wasted. The final product can be refined into aviation fuel, diesel, or gasoline.
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