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Mississippi State licenses alt-energy technology that extracts oil from sewage

By David Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2013

Mississippi State University and the MSU Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer have licensed an alternative energy technology to the Jackson-based company Bio Energy Spectrum Solutions, LLC.

The patented technology, developed by Spectrum Solutions founders and MSU researchers Rafael Hernandez, Todd French and AndroMondala, extracts biocrude oil from certain microorganisms found in wastewater treatment facilities.

Spectrum Solutions plans to build the world’s first commercially viable biocrude plant that utilizes industrial and municipal wastewaters. The overall goal is to help reduce U.S. dependency on petroleum, while creating quality jobs and protecting the environment.

“Unlike other manufacturers of biofuels,” says company president Darryl Breland, “biocrude is not made from expensive food-based feedstock such as soy oil, corn oil or yellow grease, but from secondary sewage sludge, which many cities and industries would be willing to pay our company to take from them.”

Spectrum Solutions is currently evaluating the feasibility of installing biocrude plants in various U.S. municipalities and major industries, and has begun discussing potential sub-licensing in different countries.

Source: Mississippi State University

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