Biocrude consists of triglycerides (i.e. fats) produced by microorganisms. These triglycerides can be extracted and then refined using existing infrastructures, resulting in a renewable fuel that possesses an energy density identical to diesel and the creation of other high value chemicals.
By starting with low value waste, such as wastewater (industrial and municipal), as well as tree and crop scraps, a hydrothermal upgrading process can be utilized to create viable fuel alternatives. The resulting biocrude produced has a high net energy potential and creates substantially little to no net greenhouse gas emissions.
The biocrude group works to find ways of increasing the production of biocrude by utilizing microogranisms more specialized in producing oil, as well as finding ways to preserve the microogranisms after the oil extraction has taken place.