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UK researchers develop single step alkane production process from microalgae

Researchers in Leeds, UK have recently published an article in Bioresource technology describing a technique on how to produce straight chain alkanes from microalgae in a single step. Their process involves pressure cooking the algae strains in hot compressed water at subcritical conditions using heterogeneous catalysts. Hydrothermal liquefaction is shown to convert the triglycerides to fatty
acids and alkanes in the presence of certain heterogeneous catalysts. The process requires no drying of the feedstock and produces a high quality oil.

for more info see: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2010.12.113
Fri January 21 2011 12:54:34 PM by PatrickLeeds 30 HTL hydrothermal catalyst alkane

Fuel-producing Geobacter receives support from new research grant

not exactly algae but a very interesting approach:

Last week, the US Department of Energy awarded $106 million to 37 projects to support the development of advanced energy technologies. One of the promising projects is Geobacter, named after a bacterial species that uses electric current to convert carbon dioxide into transportation fuels such as butanol. Led by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the project received an initial $1 million research grant to expand its research.
Wed May 05 2010 11:32:37 AM by PatrickLeeds