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Any NL/Canadian companies doing this? Potential opportunity for us as seaweed is abundant

Any NL/Canadian companies doing this? Potential opportunity for us as seaweed is abundant

The sea has long been a source of Norway’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude” from common kelp. Kelp can be turned into a kind of "bio-crude" that can be further refined into a biofuel. Credit: Rune Petter Ness, NTNU Communication Division “What we are trying to do is to mimic natural processes to produce oil,” said Khanh-Quang Tran, an associate professor in Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Energy and Process Engineering. “However, while petroleum oil is produced naturally on a geologic time scale, we can do it in minutes.” Tran conducted preliminary studies using sugar kelp (Laminaria saccharina ), which grows naturally along the Norwegian coast. His results have just been published in the academic journal Algal Research . Learn...

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