To make their one-minute biocrude, Savage and Julia Faeth, a doctoral student in Savage’s lab, filled a steel pipe connector with 1.5 milliliters of wet algae, capped it and plunged it into 1,100-degree Fahrenheit sand. The small volume ensured that the algae was heated through, but with only a minute to warm up, the algae’s temperature should have just grazed the 550-degree mark before the team pulled the reactor back out.
Savage and Faeth have to first conduct many experiments before determining whether or not this method is better for producing oil, but things look promising.
“My guess is that the reactions that produce biocrude are actually must faster than previously thought,” Savage said.
The Marine Science Advisory Committee at USF have done several research in marine life. Hopefully they will have the opportunity to do their own research in one-minute oil.