OriginOil, a company out of Los Angeles, has just filed a patent for some technology it says will put its own spin on turning algae into oil.
Quantum Fracturing, as OriginOil calls it, works at the microscopic level for its algae oil cultivation. Nutrients are "fractured" and put into growing microalgae during the growth stage to get maximum benefits without impacting the algae cells. When extraction time comes more fracturing is done to create an "ultrasound effect" which breaks the outer layer of the algae in an energy-efficient manner, allowing for quicker harvesting of oils.
What this means for oil producers, according to OriginOil, is a "cost effective, high speed manufacturing process" which produces a new source of renewable oil. If this company can truly deliver a product which producers embrace, we could be looking at a much greener (and also slimier) future.
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