Algae: 'The ultimate in renewable energy'
Powerful Ideas: Wringing Oil from Algae Editor's Note: This occasional series looks at powerful ideas — some existing, some futuristic — for fueling and electrifying modern life. Algae come in all sizes and shapes: from single-celled microbes in pond scum to 100-foot-long seaweeds in kelp forests. They can live in salty, fresh and even waste water. The speed at which algae grow can overwhelm marine habitats and fish tanks, but that same productivity could make these organisms the best choice for supplying biofuels. Attracted by this potential, researchers and entrepreneurs are trying to reduce the costs of current harvesting methods. The relation between algae and fuel actually goes back millions of years.
Algae Production Systems - What is Algae Oil? The algae with which we are concerned are microscopic plants referred to as green algae found in all aquatic environments, including marine, freshwater and brackish water. Green algae (singular: green alga) are the large group of algae from which the embryophytes (higher plants) emerged. As such, they form a paraphyletic group, variously included among the Plantae or with the Protista. The green algae include unicellular and colonial flagellates, usually but not always with two flagella per cell, as well as various colonial, coccoid, and filamentous forms.
Biofuels have been one of the most talked about renewable fuel sources over the past decade. The world is now attempting to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, which create a significant amount of pollution and otherwise harm the environment. As a result, bio fuels such as algae biodiesel, which generate less Carbon Dioxide while being burned, may be able to garner widespread support. Algae Biodiesel
Boeing is test growing halophytes, a salt-tolerant energy crop, in the United Arab... Read More Boeing is test growing halophytes, a salt-tolerant energy crop, in the United Arab Emirates as part of its renewable fuel supply development. Biofuels From Algae, Wood Chips Are Approved for Use by Passenger Airlines
GREEN DEALS: Airlines approve algae fuel
Tiny algae is ready for some long-haul trucking. Solazyme, a South San Francisco, Calif.-based company that creates synthetic biological products, said Wednesday that its microalgae-derived fuel is the first renewable diesel to meet the American Society for Testing and Materials' D-975 specifications. Here is algae being grown in dishes at Solazyme's labs. The oil produced by the algae can be used for fuels, chemical, or food oils. (Credit: Solazyme) Solazyme's algae diesel ready to hit the road | Green Tech
The race is on for a new form of fuel. With gasoline skyrocketing to more than $4 a gallon in 2008, dependence on imported oil and depleting resources worldwide, finding alternatives to petroleum-based fuel and fuel-related products is urgent. Fortunately, scientists have been studying the production of alternative products to make a cleaner, greener fuel for years. It's possible that we may be using one of these alternative fuels in the near future. How Algae Biodiesel Works"
Benefits of Oil Produced With the Help of the OriginOil System Cleaner to Produce and Burn Petroleum contains sulfur and other toxins. Benefits of Oil from Algae | OriginOil - Breakthrough Algae Oil Technology