(OilPrice) University of Michigan engineers lead by Phil Savage, an Arthur F. Thurnau professor and a professor of chemical engineering can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65% into bio crude oil.
Savage said, "We're trying to mimic the process in nature that forms crude oil with marine organisms." It's quite a reversal from the natural method thought to take millions of years to make crude oil.
The Michigan team's findings will be presented today, Nov. 1 at the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
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Savage's organism of choice is the ocean-going green marine micro-alga of the genus Nannochloropsis.