Lubricants from Algae Oil - How does it work?

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Lubricants from Algae Oil - How does it work?

Postby cacofonix » Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:48 pm

From a post at Oilgae Blog
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“We are bullish on investing in forms of alternative and renewable energy. At our R&D centre, we are looking at developing eco-friendly lubricants and producing diesel from algae. We are also looking at tying up with international energy institutes,” said Anand Kumar, director, R&D, Indian Oil Corporation.
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I am aware of lubricants being made from some plant oils like castor oil - which for instance is hydrogenated to form hydrogenated castor oil, also called castor wax. Hydrogenated castor oil and some derivatives such as hydroxy stearic are indeed used in the grease and lubricants industry.

Does maknig lubricants from algae follow a similar process of hydrogenation and obtaining derivatives with lubricant properties?
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Re: Lubricants from Algae Oil - How does it work?

Postby cacofonix » Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:58 pm

Another related question I have is how much do the biolubricants cost today compared to petro-based lubricants? What % higher is the cost of biolubricants?
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