New algae-to-oil process takes green fuel to a new level

12/19/2013 | TG Daily

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a method of converting green algae paste into useable crude oil in the lab, doing in just hours what it takes nature millions of years to do. Scientists say the process, which uses a chemical reactor and an algae mixture that is as much as 90% water, could be a major breakthrough in the creation of sustainable fuels. "Cost is the big roadblock for algae-based fuel," said researcher Douglas Elliott. "We believe that the process we've created will help make algae biofuels much more economical."

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