Watchching Government: Studying the algae alternatives

Scaling up production of biofuels from algae to meet at least 5% of US transportation fuel needs would place unsustainable demands on energy, water, and nutrients, a new National Research Council report said. The concerns are not a definitive barrier to future production, however, and innovations requiring research and development could help realize algal biofuels' full potential, added the Oct. 24 report by the council, which is part of the National Academies of Science. Biofuels from algae and cyanobacteria are possible petroleum fuel alternatives and could help the US meet its transportation fuel needs while reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, the report noted. ...

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