World’s First Hydrothermal Process For Converting Algea To Renewable Biofuel

World's First Hydrothermal Process For Converting Algea To Renewable Biofuel
World's First Hydrothermal Process For Converting Algea To Renewable Biofuel

In a world where the population is expected to top nine billion people before 2040, we need to use every resource efficiently. We will not be able to afford to discard things into our landfill or as air and water emissions. We will need to create what is known as a circular economy.

A circular economy is described as :

An alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life

President of Genfuel shows his biofuel process

President of Genfuel shows his biofuel process

Here is a technology known as a hydrothermal process that allows us to use feedstocks that we would have thrown away in a linear economy and circulate them back as renewable fuel. Made by Genifuel Corporation this reactor takes feedstock such as animal and human waste, chemical,wood waste, plant waste etc and turns them into both oil and gas.

Controlling the process for making biofuel

Controlling the process for making biofuel

Converting All Forms Of Bio-Feedstocks Including Algae to Renewable Biofuel .

The first part of the process involves a high temperature reaction that breaks the feedstock down and removes the oil from 50% of the original mass. The remaining 50 % of the original feedstock is desolved in the affluent or water. This is then put through a series of catalytic reactors where it is made into natural gas ( methane ). This renewable oil and gas can be used as you would conventional fuels.

The video made by Genifuel Corporation feature a guided tour of the world’s first pilot-scale system for hydrothermal processing for converting algae to renewable biofuel. The host is Genifuel CEO, James Oyler.

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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  • Mitesh says:

    I have a question. How much energy is required for the entire process? Have you compared the energy used with the energy that can be generated from the bio-fuel produced with this process?

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