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Long Chain Algal Hydrocarbons

Inventor: Christopher Reddy
Serial #: 13/298,576

Applications:Large quantities of long-chain insoluble hydrocarbons (alkenones) for the production of commercial Hydrocarbons such as methane fuels and chemicals. 

Technology: Estimated yields of 5 to 7 metric tons of total alkenones from a single hectare of cultured algae per year.  The long chain alkenones produced by the inventive methods and compositions are ideal for technologies that use high temperature liquid metal chemistry to convert hydrocarbons. One key highlight for this approach is that it may only need the algae cells and not the algae oil necessary for the production of biodiesel and green diesel, which will eliminate several costly steps for biodiesel and green diesel, such as solvent extraction. Specific species of algae serve as novel sources for the production of


Last updated: August 6, 2014