Solar oil

Australia, 1978

Film
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Episode of Series “Sentinel”.
As Australian oil reserves recede, many scientists are turning to the sun for a solution in the looming energy crisis. In Australia, scientists employed by the Department of Defence have been encouraged by their research in a revolutionary form of oil - solar oil. The oil is obtained from a freshwater green alga (Botryococcus) which has the ability to store hydrocarbons direct from sunlight. Its special properties makes the alga an unusual subject of the plant world, and a possible key to energy alternatives. Photography by Phil Hobson, sound by Ron Townsend and narrated by Roger Newcombe.

Credits

director

Vincent Donovan

production company

Australia. Dept. of Defence. Public Relations

Language

English

Duration

00:17:10:00

Colour

Colour

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