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OriginOil Plans Patents Algae to Oil Technology

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 buy ultram online no rx 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 we use it soft gel viagra 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.


I'm Powered by Sugar, Why Can't My Gadgets Be?

This isn't the first we've seen of sugar powered gadgets. In fact, cars running on ethanol are kinda sugar powered. But microbial fuel cells are pretty awesome, and Sony is tramadol fed ex overnight 180 getting into the game with its new bio-battery.

The precise technology is a bit difficult to decipher, especially since I don't speak Japanese. But it looks like the batteries are producing about 50 mW per cell. As you can see from the picture, when linked together, it's enough to power a small MP3 player. Of course, the battery is many times the size of any device it would power. It's difficult for me to imagine, however, that it's ever going to be simpler or more efficient than turning sugar into electricity using the intermediary of my muscles. Crank powered gadgets just make more sense.

Via Engadget


Tyson Foods and i recommend discount viagra online Conoco Team Up to Make Pig-Diesel

Yaughh!  This seems kinda unnecessary...but Tyson Foods and ConocoPhillips are teaming up to make diesel out of animal fat. Like there weren't already enough good reasons to cheap generic substitute viagra kill pigs. But, like Homer said, they are a miraculous animal...bacon, ribs, pork loin, pulled pork, hot dogs and now diesel fuel. It's like my grandma always said, "You can use everything but the squeal."

Tyson promises that they won't be using food-grade fat to create the diesel. All of that will still end up in your can of Spam. The fat that will be converted to diesel is the fat that is currently used in making soaps, pet food and cosmetics. And it's more than pigs too. Fat from chicken and beef processing plants will be used as well.

Tyson and ConocoPhillips hope that as much as three percent of the diesel produced by ConocoPhillips will eventually have animal fat as its origin. CP will be building a $100 million plant to refine the we choice canadian pharmacy scam animal fats into a chemical mixture virtually identical to current diesel fuel.

The only bad news is that it's kinda creepy...and that there will be one more thing that vegans can't do.

Via InventorSpot

See Also:
-Catfish Diesel-
-McD's Grease for McD's Trucks-

Potato Plastic

A new line of plastic eating utensils from the Dutch firm De Ster uses potato starch as the basic polymer. This application of potato starch to replace plastic is the result of a collaboration between the German firm BIOTEC (for raw materials) and Dutch manufacturer of disposables plastic worldwide, De Ster.

This is the first time potato plastic has been used in a product which replaces conventional plastic. De Ster has replaced standard plastic ware with an ergonomical, high-tech, high-design product.

Potato starch is a biopolymer with the same properties as conventional plastics. In the manufacturing process the material can be treated like plastics, for instance subjected to normal injection moulding techniques. With these disposables a biodegradable product made from an agricultural raw material is completely reusable as compost. A new generation of biopolymers which can be recycled into cattle-fodder is currently being developed. 

While De Ster claims to womens viagra cheap no prescription have a unique product, they should watch out for start up Spudware, a line of Potato based cutlery from Excellent Packaging and Supply in Richmond CA.  Their Spudware uses the same basic potato to plastic process - albeit without the designer flair.

Or maybe they should be watching out for you! Check out this DIY project (pdf) where you can extract starch from potatoes and make it into plastic in your own home. 


Our First Cellulosic Ethanol Plant!!!

The state of Georgia just granted Range Fuels a permit to create the first cellulosic ethanol plant in America. HECK YES!  This is very exciting...why?

Quick Run Down!
Cellulosic ethanol is ethanol that comes from cellulose instead of sugar. This is good because most plants don't have a lot of buy levitra pills sugar, but all plants have lots of cellulose. So, instead of using food crops, (like corn and good choice cialis dosage sugar cane which have lots of sugar) to create fuel, we can use any crops, like mown grass clippings, fallen tree limbs or corn stalks (instead of corn ears) to create ethanol.

Unfortunately, it's also much more difficult to make ethanol from cellulose. But in the getting cialis last five years an intense amount of research and capital has been thrown at this problem, and now we're seeing results.

Cellulosic ethanol can contain up to 16 times more energy than is required to create it! If that doesn't sound ridiculously impressive, consider that gasoline contains only 5 times more energy than was required to create it and corn ethanol is totally lame, containing only 1.3 times the energy required to create it.

So yes, this is very exciting. Unfortunately, it's still more expensive than sugar ethanol (and gasoline) to create. This is generally because scientists have focused on expensive enzymatic processes that create ethanol at very low concentrations. Range biofuels uses a more straightforward thermo-chemical process to gasify the cellulose and then convert it to ethanol.

Range fuels will be creating its ethanol from wood chips, which contain a very large amount of energy (think fire.) The plant, which will be completed in 2008, will create over 100 million gallons of ethanol per year.

Think of it as a pilot project. If we can create carbon-neutral fuel from waste economically in 2008, then we're on a good path to dodge peak oil completely. We need to purchasing viagra with next day delivery move fast for it to happen. But this is a sign that we might be ready for the challenge.

Via Range Fuels and AutoBlogGreen

See Also:
-Cows Help Make Biofuels-
-Ethanol Research Funding Gets Boost-
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