ALGAE BIOFUELS: In my opinion, algae is the future of biofuels and will help end our addiction to fossil fuels, and create the renewable energy we need to support our current infrastructure and develop the new technologies we need to create a more sustainable lifestyle.
OIL is a fossil fuel, and it originally came from algae and other organics which decomposed and were converted over billions of years of geologic processes. Unfortunately our current infrastructure runs on oil and this is contributing to the decline of our health, and the health of our economy as oil supply dwindles, and demand goes up.
We need a fuel that will allow us to keep using our current infrastructure while we build more economical and sustainable technologically advanced infrastructure.
I think algae is capable of doing that. It just makes good business sense, and it helps remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
Algae converts sunlight, water and CO2 into oil which can then be extracted to make biofuels like biodiesel for use in cars and trucks, and even jet fuel.
As an added bonus, the biomass left over from the extraction process can be used for pharmaceuticals, food and vitamin supplements, and animal feed. We are also capable of producing “green” bio-plastics and other products from the oil extracted from algae.
It’s easy to grow, and from planting (culturing) to harvest can be as little as a few days time, it’s not diverting food from our food supply like other biofuel crops like corn does and it simply makes sense to use it to help ween ourselves off of fossil fuels.
Algae is arguably the perfect crop to fuel our move into a new era of renewable energy.
Algae Photo Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gephyrocapsa_oceanica_color.jpg
Algae Farm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Microalgenkwekerij_te_Heure_bij_Borculo.jpg
Algae Jet Fuel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Algae_fuel_in_a_beaker.jpg