New process converts algae into biofuel

 

You’ve heard about how soybeans and corn can be used to make fuel for our cars, but how about algae?  Well believe it or not, this oft overlooked sea plant may be an answer to the puzzling question of how to create enough biofuel to run our cars without creating food shortages from using edible crops.  According to C/Net news, a firm called PetroAlgae is developing bioreactors and harvesting methods to grow algae on a large scale.  This process will not only convert the weedy sea plant into biofuel, but can also help reduce carbon emissions as algae flourishes in carbon rich environments.  Since the new technology can even use its waste as animal feed, it’s little wonder scientists are hopeful this ocean plant will make a real energy splash.

 

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