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Biotechnol Bioeng. 1982 Jan;24(1):193-205.

Hydrocracking of the oils of Botryococcus braunii to transport fuels.

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  • 1Aeronautical Research Laboratories, Fishermans Bend, Victoria, BHP Research Laboratories, Clayton, Victoria.


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.

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