Ah, the irony – energy industry poised to do its bit for clean rivers

island-in-the-pond-scumTurn your nose up at pond scum no more, folks. Turns out it’s the future…

“Clayton McNeff, a chemist and veteran industrialist, said his family-owned SarTec Corp. has perfected a three-year-old ‘continuous flow’ process and produces about 1,000 gallons of diesel weekly…from a variety of feedstocks that ranges from restaurant and ethanol-plant waste oils to non-edible crops and plain old pond scum” – Boston Herald

Apparently, the technology for treating algae oil traditionally produces soap. McNeff proposes to use the free-fatty acids for fuel instead.

So make the most of it while you can, brownliners. Soon, that fetching discoloured foam will be but a distant memory, locked away in heavily-guarded silos. What a shame ‘Klondike Scum Rush’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

[pic courtesy of urbanshoregirl]
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