Tuesday, May 28, 2013

US Could Grow Enough Algae to Make 1/12 Nation's Fuel

An algae bloom in North Carolina, a region of the country equipped for broad-scale algae growth.

  

The United States could grow a whole lot more algae, and churn this pond scum into precious fuel, new research shows. A study by researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory calculated that the country has enough water resources to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel per year, which would be one-twelfth of the country's yearly needs, according to a statement from the lab.

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