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UK researchers develop single step alkane production process from microalgae 30

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 HTL hydrothermal catalyst alkane 2166 views

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  • Sun January 23 2011 01:05:34 AM

    Very interesting article. Thanks PatrickLeeds for posting this. What additional energy is required for this process ?

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Sun January 23 2011 11:21:57 PM

    Thanks for the reference PatrickLeeds.

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