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Researchers develop a speedy process to convert to algae slurry into biocrude oil [Registered]

Researchers 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 – a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup. Their findings are reported 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,…

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