• Pressure-cooking 'could lead to biofuels breakthrough'
    Researchers can make crude oil in minutes

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Pressure-cooking 'could lead to biofuels breakthrough'

Apr 21 2010

Laboratory experts at the University of Michigan have developed a way of pressure-cooking microalgae that could help to boost biofuels development.

According to the academic institution, scientists have been able to manufacture crude oil through the process within minutes, which may lead to quick, affordable biofuels production.

Professor Phillip Savage said the experiment is unique because it reuses all old materials through hydrothermal, catalytic and biological methods.

"This research could play a major role in the nation's transition toward energy independence and reduced carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector," he remarked.

Microalgae are a particularly good source for biofuels as their cell walls are weak and can be broken down more easily than traditional plants, Professor Savage commented.

Senior editor of Aircraft Maintenance Technology magazine Barb Zuehlke recently claimed that the stage is set for biofuels to take over the market, with a number of industries interested in creating a cost-effective solution.

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