IISc to extract oil from Diatoms, algae

Driving will soon be a pollution-friendly activity if a small team of scientists from India and Canada have their way. Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have collaborated with their counterparts in Canada to ensure that global warming becomes a thing of the past.

According to the scientists, the answer to a clean and sustainable energy production lies in the microscopic algae — diatoms.

Some geologists believe that a majority of the world’s crude oil originated from diatoms. “Diatoms are the lowest in the order of the food chain, but are known to have oil glands that can yield an effective amount of oil. They also act as carbon sequesters trapping in carbon and releasing oxygen. We hope that this could work as a replacement for conventional energy or gasoline paving the way for a clean fuel that can effectively work as a solution to tackle global warming,” said Dr T.V. Ramachandra at IISc.

The research, that will soon be published in an international journal, indicates that a solution to the impending crude oil scarcity exists. It offers solutions for a cost-effective renewable source of alternative energy and also helps stop the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to an extent. Diatoms can trap and store carbon, sending out emissions free of any pollutants.

The team that comprises IISc professors Durga Madhab Mahapatra, Karthick B. and Dr Ramachandra and Richard Gordon from the University of Manitoba in Canada have also proposed a new approach to sustainable energy that uses solar panels by incorporating altered diatoms that secrete oil products.


Nualgi said...


We have a nano tech micro nutrient that causes a bloom of Diatoms.

Diatoms have many uses.

As stated in your post, Diatoms release oxygen in water and this increases the dissolved oxygen level of polluted lakes. This feature is used by us to treat eutrophic lakes.

Diatoms are the natural food for fish, we use this to provide better food for fish in aquaculture ponds.

Diatoms also absorb CO2.

A combination of these features makes Diatoms a very effective tool to solve many problems.

best regards


Anonymous said...

This is interesting. VADLO comes to mind, it is a life sciences powerpoints search engine There are good research cartoons also.

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