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Green Crude Is The New Gold

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Aired 9/27/10

“Green Crude” was named one of the best inventions by Time Magazine. The green fuel is made by Sapphire Energy in San Diego, and it doesn’t need fresh water or farm land to grow.

— “Green Crude” was named one of the best inventions by Time Magazine. The green fuel is made by Sapphire Energy in San Diego, and it doesn’t need fresh water or farm land to grow.

Bill Gates, the Rockefellers, the Department of Energy and the USDA have put hundreds of millions of dollars into refining algae, or “green crude oil,” which is made by Sapphire Energy in San Diego.

An algae harvest wheel, used in the process of turning algae into fuel.
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Above: An algae harvest wheel, used in the process of turning algae into fuel.

Former BP Oil executive CJ Warner is now president of Sapphire. She says green crude is chemically identical to ancient crude oil drilled from the ground now—so it can be “dropped-in” to any gas engine as is.

“It means we’re not using a poor substitute, we’re not using something which requires us to use new engine technology or different vehicles. It’s actually a fuel which is identical to what we use today, so if you went to the gas station and filled up with algae fuel, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Sapphire’s algae fuel has been used in a cross-Atlantic jet flight and a cross country road trip by a little green car you may have seen around town, called the algae mobile.

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Avatar for user 'GreenGeneration'

GreenGeneration | September 27, 2010 at 2:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

What is “Green Crude” - "The production of biofuels from algae does not reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)" -

Algae fuel, also called algal fuel, algaeoleum or third-generation biofuel, is a biofuel which is derived from algae. During photosynthesis, algae and other photosynthetic organisms capture carbon dioxide and sunlight and convert it into oxygen and biomass. Up to 99% of the carbon dioxide in solution can be converted, which was shown by Weissman and Tillett (1992) in large-scale open-pond systems. Several companies and government agencies are funding efforts to reduce capital and operating costs and make algae fuel production commercially viable. The production of biofuels from algae does not reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)

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GreenGeneration | September 27, 2010 at 2:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Don't be fool by BP and Other

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stchlo | September 28, 2010 at 2:15 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Actually greengeneration, the net atmospheric CO2 emission is zero. So your right, it doesn't reduce CO2 production but in also doesn't add to CO2 production like fossil fuels do. From your comment "During photosynthesis, algae and other photosynthetic organisms capture carbon dioxide and sunlight and convert it into oxygen and biomass." CO2 is captured from the atmosphere stored in the algae(biomass) through photosynthesis. Granted when we burn the algae fuel(biomass), CO2 is just put back into the atmosphere, the net is zero. When we burn fossil fuels, CO2 is simply being added to the atmosphere that wasn't there before(well it was there millions of years ago). The net isn't zero anymore. I think algae fuel is a great idea if it can work. Go algae.

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fatalgae | September 28, 2010 at 5:56 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Major University Admits Hard Science
Problems Relating to Algae Have Been Solved

Arizona State University Senior Vice President Rick Shangraw recenty said "…algae will “deliver soon” because…most of the hard science problems science problems regarding algae have been solved…Now…it’s largely an engineering problem."

Does the DOE want to get off of foreign oil or do they want to keep algae researchers employed at universities?

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MusicNews | October 19, 2010 at 12:35 p.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

Green Crude Is not "The New Gold"... Green Crude Is one more time a big "Polluter"...
The production of biofuels from algae does not reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)
Peace through New Energy Green Home Designs

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