Bio crude oil

The race to find sustainable energy that would be dense enough for transport is on-going.

So far, all the other types of energy than fossil fuels are not dense enough to move heavy weight over a long distance and with a limited consumption, therefore storage space. Currently, there is no other fuel with this extraordinary energy density. The main challenge is that fossil fuels give off CO2 during combustion with a serious effect on our environment. This is the same CO2 that was captured millions of years ago by plants for their photosynthesis with solar energy.

Using phytoplankton, CO2 from industrial emissions and solar energy, BFS is able to accelerate photosynthetic transfer process via catalysers and effectively produce bio crude oil.

The beauty of that new technology is that not only they create bio crude oil with high energy density that does not use crop/land like actual bio fuels (at the expense of food production), but in addition they manage to consume more CO2 in the process than the combustion will ever release, thereby helping to reduce global warming.

According to the site, the net balance is actually 937.85 kg of CO2 per barrel (including the vehicle’s combustion gases) that is definitely neutralized from human-created emissions into the atmosphere. It means the process consume approximately twice more CO2 than the CO2 released for every barrel we produce today.

Whereas this new technology seems very promising, the cost of production will really determine its success, as well as the required productivity improvement since today they can only produce 5 barrels a day per hectare.

The link can be found here: http://www.biopetroleo.com/english/bfs/