Energy From Your Tranquil Pond

Fri, 11/30/2007 - 11:24am

alg-LEnergy News: There are biofuel critics who say America can never grow enough raw material for the technology to be affordable and ubiquitous, but some scientists believe algae is a better option. At the University of Minnesota, they're figuring out how to make algae grow very fast, and how to get up to 15,000 gallons of oil per acre -- that is 750 percent more yield than from ordinary crops, as explained by the AP this week. Similar funding and research is coming from the Pentagon and big corporations like Chevron. On the other hand, algae products most of the world's oxygen. So if we convert large amounts of the supply to power our cars, then ... there's something new for future generations to ponder. (Note: external links open in new windows.)




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