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Algae-Based Biodiesel Could Provide Viable Energy Alternative

 Algae-Based Fuel Could Provide Viable Energy Alternative
If you’ve been paying attention to Al Gore, then you’ll know that our planet is hurting and we should all be doing something to clean things up. Part of this has to do with our reliance on fossil fuels and all the pollutants that result from their consumption. There’s got to be a cleaner, greener solution, right?

Well, Colorado State University professor Bryan Wilson has partnered up with the folks from the Southern Ute Indian Reservation to create what could be a very green energy source. Quite literally green, in fact, since this biofuel is based in algae.

I’m no scientist, but what I can gather from the article is that a special strain of algae is placed into a water tank next to a natural gas processing plant and this algae loves carbon dioxide. The water is “already green-tinged with life.”

Solix Biofuels is the name of the three-year-old company and they’re working to produce vegetable oil fuel from this algae. More specifically, you can expect to get some biodiesel out of this project that can then be used in a regular diesel engine.

Is biodiesel the energy source of the future for our vehicles? Is this a viable intermediary until we find something else? Is the algae idea better than corn-based ethanol?

Source: NYT

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  • b cole

    Algae is renewable does not affect the food channel and consumes CO2. To learn more about the fast-track commercialization of the algae industry, you may want to check out this website: http://www.nationalalgaeassociation.com

    They are the first algae trade association in the US

  • http://www.mobilemag.com Fabrizio Pilato

    The key about this technology is that it is providing biodiesel that does not use land used for food production. For a great film on the subject check out Fuel, http://thefuelfilm.com/ it will be out this September. Won sundance film festival. Its an exciting future.

  • http://www.limenoodle.com Eric Swain

    I'm no expert in these things but I can tell you that stories about really hopeful solutions like this – where producing the "product" removes excess CO2 and then using the "product" replaces fossil fuels – make me very happy.