DR Johansen wrote:
UGAbiofuel wrote:hey, Im a masters student at UGA and my research topic for the next two years is the seperation of the algal biomass from the water and extraction of oil. I am also looking into supersonic extraction of oil and cost effective methods of seperation at a large industiral scale. Ill keep you updated on my progress!
As a student, you may have access to a supercritical CO2 extraction machine. I sure would be interesting in finding out if that process works on wet algae. It should, and should be relatively low cost except for the capital expenses. If you can do it, I think that would be worth a PhD!
The supersonic extraction seems very possible, I would love to see you succeed with your efforts, it would truly change the industry.
You need to check out what Originoil is doing... For all those small cap stock followers out there, this company is developing a micro-wave machine what will burst the cell apart using a low wattage microwave.. Another neat thing along the same line of the same technology is Global Resource corporation whom is implementing in their prototype debut set for first week of may which allows them to extract hydrocarbons(fuel) from shale, tires ect by focusing a frequency specific microwave between two electrodes. This leads me to question the ability for this same process to extract oils from a biomass dried or still wet. Brings you around full circle to what Originoil supposidly has a patent pending on.