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Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab

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From gizmag By  December 24, 2013

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.

The process mimics some of the conditions that originally turned prehistoric plant material into fossil fuel deep within the earth – high pressures and temperatures. . . . Read Complete Report

From youtube uploaded by PNNLgov

Algae to Bio-Crude in Less Than 60 Minutes

Published on Dec 17, 2013

Engineers have created a chemical process that produces useful crude oil just minutes after engineers pour in harvested algae — a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup. The PNNL team combined several chemical steps into one continuous process that starts with an algae slurry that contains as much as 80 to 90 percent water. Most current processes require the algae to be dried — an expensive process that takes a lot of energy. The research has been licensed by Genifuel Corp. Read the full story here: http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx…

For more on PNNL’s bio-based product research, visit http://www.pnl.gov/biobased/.

From Science Direct  Algal Research

Volume 2, Issue 4, October 2013, Pages 445–454


 Algae-water slurries were processed in a continuous-flow reactor system.

Whole algal biomass was converted into a gravity separable biocrude.

Biocrude was hydrotreated into a liquid hydrocarbon mixture, low in O, N, and S.

Aqueous byproduct from HTL was processed catalytically to produce a fuel gas. The resulting water stream could be recycled for nutrients such as ammonia. . . . Read Complete Report


Charity surpasses goal to buy Tesla lab, now aims to set up museum on site

from Hurst Electronic Products

This article was posted on 08/29/2012.

Goal quickly achieved thanks to support from popular blog “The Oatmeal”


Matthew Inman, the brilliant mind behind renowned comic-blog “The Oatmeal” recently used his online clout to popularize a charity he set up on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, with the goal of raising the funds necessary for a non-profit organization to secure Nikola Tesla’s final laboratory in Shoreham, New York, for the future development of a Tesla museum.

The original goal was $850,000. At the time that this article has gone live, his charity has raised close to $1.2 million . . . with 32 days to go.

Giving Tesla the respect he deserves (finally)

Nikola Tesla can be considered many things: inventor, physicist, engineer, scientist; one thing he is not, however, is respected. Just ask any student of the American education system if they’ve heard his name before or if they’re more familiar with names like Edison and Marconi. . . . Read Complete Report


Aug 13, 2012: ‘The Secret of Nikola Tesla’ – Rare Feature Film

May 14, 2012: The Tesla Gun (w/photos)