Monday, 9 June 2008

*Greetings from the emerald oil

From The New Scientist:

'This is one biofuel that lives up to its green billing in more ways
than one (the New Scientist reported last week). It is an emerald
green crude oil, produced by photosynthesis in algae, which could fuel
cars, trucks and aircraft - without consuming crops that can be used
as food.

' "This product can go right through today's oil pipeline," claims
Jason Pyle of Sapphire Energy in San Diego, California, which
developed the fuel. He says the "green crude" is similar in quality to
naturally occurring crude oil. It is produced as a by-product of
photosynthesis by a genetically engineered strain of algae, housed in
tanks of treated waste-water and exposed to sunlight. The tanks can be
placed on non-arable land.

'Gasoline, diesel and jet fuel have already been refined from the
green crude and the company aims to produce 10,000 barrels per day
within five years.'

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