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One-minute algae: new source of oil?

Christian Science Monitor -- It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude.
"We're trying to mimic the process in nature that forms crude oil with marine organisms," said Phil Savage, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor and a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Michigan


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blupupher
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 1:11:13 PM

interesting stuff.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 8:56:42 AM

This sounds like a good idea, but how much can they produce?
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 7:24:52 AM

Yep. The question is volume. Something the size of this earth produced the oil. What's needed to produce algae oil in comparable/relative volumes?
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 4:39:04 AM

How much algea & how large a facility to replace even one oil well.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:30:52 AM

Too soon to say
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:26:28 AM

If real, would be really cool
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This one needs some work.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:15:13 AM

Could be....
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:14:57 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:11:31 AM

Cool.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:09:39 AM

Continue with the research.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:09:28 AM

Okay
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:08:35 AM

YeahBut - at what cost and how long does it take to produce the algae?
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:08:18 AM

Start growing your pond scum!!
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:08:18 AM

Whatever happened to the West Texas and New Mexico algae farms I heard about here last year that were supposed to save us ? ......drought in the desert, who woulda thunk it...
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:06:10 AM

There's no free lunch here. Makes more sense to work on the efficiency of the internal combustion engine. Go farther on a gallon of gas.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:05:59 AM

good
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:05:38 AM

Sounds amazing.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:05:34 AM

Let's see
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BRING IT ON NOW!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:05:08 AM

that sounds awsome
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:05:07 AM

Whatever.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:05:00 AM

good ...
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Slimemobile!!
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:04:22 AM

Interesting if it will work in the real world environment.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:02:35 AM

At what Cost?
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 12:02:00 AM

cool
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Nifty.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:53:41 PM

Nice!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:50:47 PM

Old news...still hasn't made it out of the lab.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:49:16 PM

lets do more!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:48:05 PM

Wow, gota love technology
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:46:04 PM

Energy in: less energy out.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:42:09 PM

Algae is still the best hope, in my opinion.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:39:38 PM

Forgot time room that the algae take several million years to grow to maturity...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:39:18 PM

All these new sources of oil and energy have got to pay off somehow
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:37:36 PM

That was my first question Mstearno!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:36:10 PM

Poor Algae..... And I thought it was already Green
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:30:35 PM

Time will tell
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:30:23 PM

pressure cook??
so what would it cost per gallon....$50
another OBAMA genius
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:29:20 PM

Get the technology viable and cost-effective soon.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:29:07 PM

Most likley cost more to produce than it is worth
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:28:34 PM

Old news.
They have been doing this for several years now.
Now they're trying to grow the algae faster.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:28:30 PM

This one needs some work.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:22:27 PM

Sure. Just take a pill and I guarantee you it will only take a minute. To make you THINK you have as much gas and oil as you would ever need.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:19:32 PM

Cool
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:18:43 PM

Time will tell.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:18:18 PM

Surprisingly informative article.

It says most of these biocrudes take much input of heat and pressure - that takes energy.

It says further refining is needed - that takes energy.

It says after refining you have much less of it - that means less energy is available in the finished product.

Not very promising. Keep trying! Hard to beat natural processes.

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:17:44 PM

Ok. So how soon can we make oil a renewable resource?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:14:46 PM

interesting
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