Sunday, August 26, 2007

The challenge of algae fuel: An expert speaks

An acre of algae can produce 50 times more oil than an acre of soy, estimates John Sheehan, now vice president of strategy and sustainable development at LiveFuels.

...And to top it off, algae's not a massive food crop at the moment, so you aren't using a valuable food crop to gas cars.

...An NREL paper on algae--along with research from some of the national labs--forms the basis of a lot of the thinking around algae.

...Companies such as LiveFuels, GreenFuel Technologies and Solazyme hope to start seeing algae oil get into the fuel markets in a substantial way over the next few years, but it's still mostly experimental.

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