A Norwegian research group have reported that they have achieved bio-oil yields of 79% from sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina) – an improvement on the yields closer to 20% obtained by other researchers working with the same species.
They used a technique called fast hydrothermal liquefaction to rapidy heat the kelp and bring it to the optimum temperature to produce bio-oil.
“What we are trying to do is to mimic natural processes to produce oil,” said Khanh-Quang Tran, an associate professor in NTNU’s Department of Energy and Process Engineering. “However, while petroleum oil is produced naturally on a geologic time scale, we can do it in minutes.”
You can find out more about their research at: http://gemini.no/en/2014/10/turning-humble-seaweed-to-biofuel/#sthash.5mwMHPPA.dpuf
Story source: The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2 Oct 2014. Original article by Nancy Bazilchuk
Journal Reference: Quang-Vu Bach, Miguel Valcuende Sillero, Khanh-Quang Tran, Jorunn Skjermo.Fast hydrothermal liquefaction of a Norwegian macro-alga: Screening tests.Algal Research, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.algal.2014.05.009