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Hydrocracking of the oils of Botryococcus braunii to transport fuels
Article first published online: 18 FEB 2004
Copyright © 1982 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 193–205, January 1982
How to Cite
Hillen, L. W., Pollard, G., Wake, L. V. and White, N. (1982), Hydrocracking of the oils of Botryococcus braunii to transport fuels. Biotechnol. Bioeng., 24: 193–205. doi: 10.1002/bit.260240116
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2004
- Article first published online: 18 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 APR 1981
Hydrocarbon oils of the alga Botryococcus braunii, extracted from a natural “bloom” of the plant, have been hydrocracked to produce a distillate comprising 67% gasoline fraction, 15% aviation turbine fuel fraction, 15% diesel fuel fraction, and 3% residual oil. The distillate was examined by a number of standard petroleum industry test methods. This preliminary investigation indicates that the oils of B. braunii are suitable as a feedstock material for hydrocracking to transport fuels.