US Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) engineers have invented an innovative process that can be used to make crude oil in just minutes after harvested algae is introduced. It doesn’t require drying out the algae, which grows in water, and fhe final product can be refined into aviation fuel, diesel, or gasoline. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Gizmag reports: “The process mimics some of the conditions that originally turned prehistoric plant material into fossil fuel deep within the earth – high pressures and temperatures. The PNNL team created a continuous process that starts with the wet algae and subjects the entire mass – water, algae, and all – to high temperatures and pressures, in this case, 350°C (662°F) and 3,000 psi.”