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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 11:11:13 AM

interesting stuff.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 6:56:42 AM

This sounds like a good idea, but how much can they produce?
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 5:24:52 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 2:39:04 AM

How much algea & how large a facility to replace even one oil well.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:30:52 PM

Too soon to say
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:26:28 PM

If real, would be really cool
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:21:06 PM

This one needs some work.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:15:13 PM

Could be....
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:14:57 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:11:31 PM

Cool.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:09:39 PM

Continue with the research.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:09:28 PM

Okay
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:08:35 PM

YeahBut - at what cost and how long does it take to produce the algae?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:08:18 PM

Start growing your pond scum!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:08:18 PM

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 13, 2012 10:06:10 PM

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 13, 2012 10:05:59 PM

good
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:05:38 PM

Sounds amazing.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:05:34 PM

Let's see
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:05:27 PM

BRING IT ON NOW!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:05:08 PM

that sounds awsome
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:05:07 PM

Whatever.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:05:00 PM

good ...
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Slimemobile!!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:04:22 PM

Interesting if it will work in the real world environment.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:02:35 PM

At what Cost?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:02:00 PM

cool
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:54:12 PM

Nifty.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:53:41 PM

Nice!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:50:47 PM

Old news...still hasn't made it out of the lab.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:49:16 PM

lets do more!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:48:05 PM

Wow, gota love technology
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:46:04 PM

Energy in: less energy out.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:42:09 PM

Algae is still the best hope, in my opinion.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:39:38 PM

Forgot time room that the algae take several million years to grow to maturity...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:39:18 PM

All these new sources of oil and energy have got to pay off somehow
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:37:36 PM

That was my first question Mstearno!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:36:10 PM

Poor Algae..... And I thought it was already Green
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:30:35 PM

Time will tell
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:30:23 PM

pressure cook??
so what would it cost per gallon....$50
another OBAMA genius
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:29:20 PM

Get the technology viable and cost-effective soon.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:29:07 PM

Most likley cost more to produce than it is worth
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:28:34 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 9:28:30 PM

This one needs some work.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:22:27 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 9:19:32 PM

Cool
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:18:43 PM

Time will tell.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:18:18 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 9:17:44 PM

Ok. So how soon can we make oil a renewable resource?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:14:46 PM

interesting
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:13:34 PM

Interesting article...
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