Pond full of scum produces a tank full of cheap diesel

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 13, 2009 - 11:22 PM

A local company produces diesel for $1.25 to $1.75 a gallon. And that attracted the interest of financiers, scientists and Uncle Sam.

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calliarcaleApr. 13, 09 9:46 PM

That would be so awesome! I wonder if they can use noxious weeds like milfoil? Might help mitigate the expense of harvesting the stuff.

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noggnbloggnApr. 13, 0910:38 PM

When I graduated from Anoka High School in 1976, I had a friend who was a farm kid / engineering major when he got to college. He was working then on a "digester" that would convert farm waste to usable bio-fuels for farm use. These are not really new ideas, but working out the kinks is very exciting progress indeed. Economics will likely dictate that we continue to search for new domestic oil sources, until these new fuel processes can be perfected. On-going earth-processes will continue to provide standard fossil fuels, but they still need to be economically secured & produced. Conservation alone will only stretch what we have and will not increase supply, as our population expands. But it's WAY COOL that they are making progress in this "new" area of energy!

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americanusApr. 13, 0911:50 PM

"There is a big opportunity with algae. It is unproven at this point" seems like they ve figured it out.

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solocoApr. 14, 09 2:01 AM

Biggest story of the year. "The Ag Utilization Institute estimates that algae boasts up to 9,000 gallons of oil per acre vs. 48 gallons for soybeans."

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jphinesApr. 14, 09 4:28 AM

a great lawn fertilization product that fertilizes as you irrigate and the stuff is completely safe.

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WmToensingApr. 14, 09 5:09 AM

I think this idea has a great deal of merit, but Big Oil will probably do its best to kill it so they can keep gouging us at the pump. The prohibition amendment of 1919 would never have passed were it not for the funding of the effort by JD Rockefeller, to protect his oil monopoly profits. Henry Ford originally designed his Model T to run on both gasoline & alcohol so that the average farmer could grow his own fuel, as he did with his horses. By having the private distilling of alcohol for motor fuel, Rockefeller was able to protect Big Oil's market. Why is hemp & marijuana illegal but tobacco legal? Because we have the best government money can buy.

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laska763Apr. 14, 09 5:33 AM

Keep on a rolling.

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btaApr. 14, 09 7:32 AM

This isn't new technology, but it is time for the implementation - time to get away from "big oil". http://www.greenstarusa.com/products.html

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floyd58523Apr. 14, 09 7:37 AM

Everybody thinks it is Big Oil, Big Business that creates monopolies to stop innovation. With out Big Government to get rid of small companies monopolies cant exist. This will be stopped by Government who has decided not to have you driving a vehicle with fossil fuels. They want you into electric vehicles. Plenty of oil, bio fuels and other fossil fuels available until regulated out of existence.

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iluvminnApr. 14, 09 9:01 AM

But turning oil of one kind into oil of another kind doesn't create oil. However, the algae does create oil. IIRC this is a Cargill connected operation (not mentioned in the article), and ocean agriculture is something Cargill is very aware of.

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