"Essentially we do in 30 minutes what nature does in 30 million years - apply temperature and pressure to wet organic matter to make oil and gas," says James Oyler, president of Genifuel.
"This process solves two problems at once, in that it cleanly disposes of wet wastes and produces renewable fuels.
The liquid fuels come from the bio-crude oil, which can be refined just like fossil crude oil to yield a full range of fuels, such as gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel."
was recently licensed to use technology from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
, who developed a way to quicken the process of creating biofuel from algae.
Other feedstocks, such as corn stover, wood, animal manure, municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, and food processing waste, could also be used in a similar process, but, according to Oyler
, algae works will with the hydrothermal process since it is already wet and easy to convert to fuel.
Currently, the process is too expensive for use to process fuels, but the company is working to rectify that.
"The fuels refined from our bio-crude are almost identical to fossil fuels, so it's all a matter of price, after whatever incentives are being offered," Oyler