Video: Pressure Cooking Process Turns Algae Into Oil In Under A Minute

The term “fossil fuels” comes from the fact that the oil in the ground is the result of compressed carbon life dating back millions of years. But a new biofuel breakthrough by researchers at the University of Michigan has turned wet algae into a viable oil substitute in under a minute. Is this the moment that algae goes mainstream?

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U.S. Navy Uses Seawater to Make Jet Fuel on the Go

Imagine a fighting force that can scavenge its own fuel as it marches along, and you’re either thinking about the Continental Army’s march to Yorktown or the U.S. Navy not too many years in the future. Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington are working on a process that can produce jet fuel from seawater. It sounds like something that would give the U.S. a powerful edge in action, so let’s call this Round 3 in the Navy’s efforts to free itself from dependency on fossil fuels.

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Navy Pisses Off GOP Politicians With $210 Million Biofuel Purchase

The United States Navy is the single largest purchaser of diesel fuel in the world, and it is no wonder why; have you ever seen a Nimitz-class supercarrier in person? It’s friggin’ huge. So it is no wonder that the Navy wants to explore homegrown alternatives to the foreign oil that it uses right now. A recent $210 million biofuel purchase by the Navy to three U.S.-based refining operations has pissed off some members of the Republican party who still think we’re sitting on an unlimited and uninterrupted supply of oil.

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