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Direct conversion of algal biomass to biofuel

United States Patent

October 14, 2014
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A method and system for providing direct conversion of algal biomass. Optionally, the method and system can be used to directly convert dry algal biomass to biodiesels under microwave irradiation by combining the reaction and combining steps. Alternatively, wet algae can be directly processed and converted to fatty acid methyl esters, which have the major components of biodiesels, by reacting with methanol at predetermined pressure and temperature ranges.
Deng; Shuguang (Las Cruces, NM), Patil; Prafulla D. (Las Cruces, NM), Gude; Veera Gnaneswar (Klamath Falls, OR)
Arrowhead Center, Inc. (Las Cruces, NM)
13/ 333,479
December 21, 2011
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Contract No. DE-EE0003046 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.