Happy New Year BESTers!
I begin my new years postings on the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and its claim to create a crude green algae based oil in less than an hour. Though its practice of using hydrothermal liquefaction is not unique to the institution, process streamlining makes the procedure less cost and energy intensive. The article lays a good foundation in the basics of converting algal cells to green crude and the myriad of uses that exist for the product. The facility recaptures chemical byproducts and heat alike and cycles them back through the process to reduce costs and optimize sustainability. While this technology is still in its commercial infancy, logical strides and innovations like these are what will propel the industry forward in years to come.
Thank you, and take care,
University Scholar - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences