The production of butanol from Jamaica bay macro algae

  title={The production of butanol from Jamaica bay macro algae},
  author={Thomas Melvin Potts and Jianjun Du and M. Paul and Peter May and Robert Beitle and Jamie A. Hestekin},
  journal={Environmental Progress \& Sustainable Energy},
This study ascertained the technical potential of producing biofuel from a naturally occurring macroalgae. The algae examined grow in Jamaica Bay, New York City, on water containing nitrates, phosphates, and carbon dioxide that comes from the atmosphere. The process consisted of manual and mechanical harvesting, drying, grinding, and subjecting the algal matter to acid hydrolysis to extract carbohydrates to form an algal sugar solution. Fermentation of that solution to butanol was performed… 
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