Cutting edge research is yielding several new types of biofuels, including making biofuel from algae. The benefits of biofuels are many, such as being renewable because they are produced by crops, specifically domestically produced crops, alleviating the dependence on foreign countries. They also do not emit harmful gases that contribute to global warming.
One of the types of biofuels being heavily researched today is biofuel from algae. Algae is a common substance, so you may be asking yourself, Is it possible to farm it at home? The answer is yes, you can make biofuel from algae at home. This is one of the great benefits of biofuels from algae; you don't need a lot of special expensive equipment to make it. To make biofuel from algae you need a bioreactor that keeps substances from contaminating the algae. A bioreactor can be as simple as a tank or a clear plastic bag.
The process of making biofuel from algae is relatively complex, but there are several publications that can show you how to do it step-by-step from beginning to end.
Researchers all over the country are trying to find a way to mass produce biofuel from algae, but it is already being done on a small scale. A particular biofuels company has reported that an algae area the size of a two-car garage can produce more oil than a soy bean field the size of a football field. Although it is not commercially viable at this point, it can be manufactured at home with the right steps.
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