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    Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they have created a process that takes an enriched stew of algae and turns it into crude oil in minutes -- rather than millions of years. In a press release, PNNL stated, "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."

    http://www.drudge.com/news/174952/sc...iofuel-minutes


    Exxon-Mobil probably won't be liking this.
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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they have created a process that takes an enriched stew of algae and turns it into crude oil in minutes -- rather than millions of years. In a press release, PNNL stated, "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."

    Scientists Turn Algae Into Biofuel in Minutes | Drudge Retort
    I'm very happy to hear they are progressing with this, but the process has been around for a decade and it didn't take a million years previously, but rather hours. The big part before was separating the oil from the starches and remaining biomass. It's really a great source for biodiesel since it grows just fine in brakish, non-potable water and actually cleans it, can be grown in a variety of climates and doesn't require agricultural land.

    Thanks for posting this.

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Good to know CB. Wonder why Drudge is treating this as breaking?

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Good to know CB. Wonder why Drudge is treating this as breaking?
    Maybe because Drudge is an idiot, but hey, come to your own conclusions. Breaking News - scientists have confirmed, water is WET!

    Btw, this will give you an idea of how widespread usage already is.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...fuel_producers

    On a side note, I read a report years ago about a CA city that was using an combo of bacteria and algae to treat their city sewerage. The yield was clean water, biodiesel, glycerin, and a kickass bound nitrogen fertilizer. I loved it because it makes for a complete cycle. Folks eat and then poop, the poop then becomes a super fertilizer without nitrogen bleed for the fields to grow more food, the water is purified, the glycerin is used to keep the transport pipes flowing without obstruction and the fuel is used to transport everything.
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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that they have created a process that takes an enriched stew of algae and turns it into crude oil in minutes -- rather than millions of years. In a press release, PNNL stated, "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."

    Scientists Turn Algae Into Biofuel in Minutes | Drudge Retort


    Exxon-Mobil probably won't be liking this.
    They probably won't...the again, they'd probably just buy up the technology.

    I'm all for this. I heard about this type of thing and other methods of manufacturing crude oil for a few years now and it's the type of thing that I think we should be investing in to certain degrees. Our entire infrastructure is based off of oil at the moment. Actually converting our infrastructure to some other means of fuel as the primary method is something that will take over a decade and significant public buy-in...something not showing itself to be easy to get. Finding alternative means of gaining crude oil allows for the potential to bring the costs down, reduce our dependence on foreign countries, and create jobs. Win, win, win.

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    The military, the Navy in particular, has already gotten into this and the oil companies are big investors, as they are in solar and wind.

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Maybe because Drudge is an idiot, but hey, come to your own conclusions. Breaking News - scientists have confirmed, water is WET!

    Btw, this will give you an idea of how widespread usage already is.

    List of algal fuel producers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    On a side note, I read a report years ago about a CA city that was using an combo of bacteria and algae to treat their city sewerage. The yield was clean water, biodiesel, glycerin, and a kickass bound nitrogen fertilizer. I loved it because it makes for a complete cycle. Folks eat and then poop, the poop then becomes a super fertilizer without nitrogen bleed for the fields to grow more food, the water is purified, the glycerin is used to keep the transport pipes flowing without obstruction and the fuel is used to transport everything.
    Actually, it's up on Raw Story and a couple others too. Did ya have to go and throw Matt under the bus?

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Actually, it's up on Raw Story and a couple others too. Did ya have to go and throw Matt under the bus?
    Under the bus? No, behind. drudge has been sucking on the exhaust fumes for ages now.
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    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Under the bus? No, behind. drudge has been sucking on the exhaust fumes for ages now.
    Does that mean his news stories are unreliable?
    Last edited by Montecresto; 12-20-13 at 02:47 PM.

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    Re: Scientists turn algea into biofuel in minutes

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Does that mean his news stories are unreliable?
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    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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