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(Project Title: : Kelpoleum. Sugar kelp Biofuel as an Alternative to Petroleum Fuel.
Category: Biological and Ecological Sciences Section: Senior)
Students Cian Mc Inerney, Caragh Killeen and Ailish Marrinan of St. Joseph’s Community College, Kilkee
whose project entitled "Kelpoleum" aims to extract biofuel from Sugar Kelp (Saccharina Latissima) biomass, using chemical pre-treatment and hydrothermal liquefaction.
Using a hydrothermal synthesis autoclave containing the slurry made from the kelp biomass, they heated the slurry to a high temperature and pressure to investigate bio-oil yield.
Photograph by John Kelly