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Production of biofuel using molluscan pseudofeces derived from algal cells

United States Patent

August 28, 2012
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Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for novel strategies to harvest algal lipids using mollusks which after feeding algae from the growth medium can convert algal lipids into their biomass or excrete lipids in their pseudofeces which makes algae harvesting energy efficient and cost effective. The bioconverter, filter-feeding mollusks and their pseudofeces can be harvested and converted to biocrude using an advanced thermochemical liquefaction technology. Methods, systems, and materials are disclosed for the harvest and isolation of algal lipids from the mollusks, molluscan feces and molluscan pseudofeces.
Das; Keshav C. (Athens, GA), Chinnasamy; Senthil (Tamilnadu, IN), Shelton; James (Athens, GA), Wilde; Susan B. (Watkinsville, GA), Haynie; Rebecca S. (Carlton, GA), Herrin; James A. (Atlanta, GA)
University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (Athens, GA)
12/ 862,246
August 24, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENTAL SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under grant number DE-FG36-08GO88114 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE) of the United States government. The government has certain rights in the invention.