Algae: The Key To Energy Independence?: Now, this is interesting. I have read before that algae is a crazy-good way to make biodiesel. Well, it seems a lab in Minnesota has done it.
“We started with a clear liquid mixture on this side, we pumped it across this reactor filled with zirconia and we got a yellow liquid on the other end,” Krohn explained.
“So we knew we’d done something,” McNeff said. “We didn’t know what it was, but we had the instrumentation to take a look at it and compare it to biodiesel. And it matched perfectly.”
[…] There’s no electricity, the process is perfectly clean and there’s no waste. Anything that doesn’t get turned into oil is reused through the process.
Another pipe-dream, you say? Apparently not. They’ll be generating fuel before the end of the year.
A new plant is being built in Isanti, Minn. Using the Mcgyan process, it will be up and running by October, producing 3 million gallons of diesel per year.