Since the dawn of the automotive age we’ve been filling our cars with gasoline made from refining crude oil. Those days may be coming to an end as more and more companies are investing in developing technology improve efficiency and scalability to the point that making gas from algae is commercially viable.
To create gasoline from algae large bioreactors are used to grow and harvest oil rich strains of algae which are then pressed to extract the crude algae oil. This raw algae oil is then refined to make high octane gasoline.
The advantage of this approach is that the fuels can be integrated into existing transmission infrastructure and can run in cars or planes without modification.