Waste to Black Gold

“Pond scum waste” may not be precise terminology, but that’s basically what it is. Solazyme takes waste products from wood chips to waste cooking oil and feeds them to the algae, which turn the waste into crude oil.

This is a process similar to the one used in making ethanol – oil from corn – minus the cost of growing corn, boiling away waste water or distilling alcohol. This biofuel also quite conveniently does not take corn from the food supply, but instead actually makes use of other people’s garbage.

“We take biomass like wood chips, switchgrass, waste glycerol. And we feed it to algae in a process where the algae will convert that biomass into crude oil,” said Harrison Dillon, who founded the company Solazyme in his garage six years ago. The crude oil can then be used to make “diesel fuel, jet fuel, high-nutrition edible oil like olive oil, or plastics.”

That’s right. Solazyme’s little green guys are busy pumping out high quality crude oil that can be easily refined to run your car. In fact, Solazyme has been driving about 200 delegates from Mexico, South Africa, Nigeria, and India around Copenhagen this week in a fleet of cars all powered by pond scum waste.

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Are Algal communities driven toward maximum Biomass?

In this continental-scale study, we show that in major benthic and planktonic stream habitats, algal biovolume – a proxy measure of biomass—is a unimodal function of species richness (SR).

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