Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Oil from algae

OK, so perhaps we have here a biofuel that isn't problematic.

Judge for yourselves.

Algae represent a feedstock for oil and fuel - biodiesel and ethanol production.

Many of the problems present with the traditional oilseeds such as palm & soy, and with ethanol feedstock such as corn and molasses/sugarcane are not present in algae.

Algae can grow fast, practically anywhere in the world, do not contribute to deforestation and do not interfere with the existing food crop value chains.

Add to this the fact that the fossil oil we use today was formed primarily from algae.

All these may be reasons enough to explore algae as a potentially important feedstock for our future oil and energy needs.

Check out the Oilgae link on the right for more info and let me know what you think.

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