Algae: The Future of Biofuels?

Posted: February 20, 2008 in Global Warming, Green Technology
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From the article:

While biofuel energy methods that use corn and soybeans may be a step ahead at the moment, generating energy from algae may provide a more efficient alternative in the long run. At least, some companies – such as Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation in New Zealand – are hoping so.

The company says that the green pond scum could generate 30 times more energy per acre of land than other biofuels, and grow at a much faster rate.

30 times! Thats just awesome, we need to use more algae now.

Algae thrive in shallow dirty water, and grow easily and quickly. According to Nick Gerritsen of Aquaflow, algae can double their mass in hours. Other biofuel sources – such as corn, soy beans, rapeseed and sugar cane – take much more time and space to grow, and critics worry that using food for energy could have a negative impact on the food industry.

Thats pretty impressive to double the algaes mass in hours.

Algae would also be a clean source of fuel, since it consumes CO2, like all plants. Plus, Aquaflow says the technology is cheap enough to be adopted anywhere, and hopes to enable communities to use their wild algae to become self-sufficient.

Okay this is my opinion on this biofuel is a step to fix the nature but it´s not perfect, we still need a different source of energy.

From wiki:

Biofuel is considered by some as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy security by providing an alternative to fossil fuels. However, In October 2007, Nobel Laureate Paul Crutzen published findings that the release of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) from rapeseed oil, and corn (maize), can contribute as much or more to global warming than the fossil fuels they displace.

Thats my problem with biofuel.

Biofuel is far from the solution.

Original site.

WOG out.

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