Biotech's green gold?

Waltz, Emily
January 2009
Nature Biotechnology;Jan2009, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
The article discusses advances in the potential to utilize algae as a source of sustainable energy. The United Kingdom's Carbon Trust decided to fund algal biofuels research, through which it developed the Algae Biofuel Challenge. This challenge is a $24 million fund that will finance the development and production of algal oil. Algae can produce as much as ten times more oil per acre than traditional biofuel crops; however, thermodynamics dictate the growth of algae. This latter point is discussed by Steve Mayfield, a biologist at The Scripps Research Institute. Overly optimistic claims about the energy potential of algae could create a detrimental situation for the entire field.


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