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Biology departments at universities and schools worldwide, which have been researching into the benefits of the algae energy source, have all come to the same conclusion: algae renewable energy may the answer to satisfying a large part of our future energy needs in a way that does not harm the environment and is cost-effective at the same time. A wide variety of experiments have already been conducted which have lead to this conclusion, as well as the fact that algae energy source can replace oil-based fuels. It just needs more time to be properly developed and perfected, after which the algae renewable energy source may well become widely used.
Algae bacteria are probably one of the best possible sources of energy, so algaculture, as it is called, is one of our best options in the future. Many algae strains contain over 50 percent oil, which can easily be converted to biodiesel fuel. The algae energy source offers various advantages that other sources of renewable energy don’t have. For example, soybeans and corn are frequently used in biofuel production, but there are many problems with this. Developing countries are fiercely against it, because food crops are not being used for eating, and they are taking up fertile land, which is becoming scarce around the world.
As for algae renewable energy, these bacteria can be grown almost anywhere, and they do not need to take up fertile land. They can be grown on salt or sewage water, and even in polluted wastewater, which will actually leave that water cleaner than it was. If algae is grown on fresh water, it will not pollute it, but help clean it by absorbing certain elements that could lead to possible problems with PH balance. Algae renewable energy is very efficient and can be produced with little effort and cost. Another benefit of algae as an energy source is that it captures carbon dioxide, which is one of the harmful greenhouse gases. All it needs is water (which does not have to be suitable for farm use or drinking) and sunlight to grow. Algae has a high yield per acre, it only takes hours to reproduce, it is biodegradable, it does not contain sulfur, and it is not toxic.
In addition, this extremely versatile source of energy can also be used as a basic food stuff that is highly nutritious, such as a form of vegetable oil, cooking oil, and salad dressing. When it comes to transportation energy and energy for industrial and technological needs, this renewable energy source can be converted into a number of different biofuels, such as biodiesel, biogasoline, bioethanol, biobutanol, biomethanol, and various other kinds of biofuels. So, all this points to that fact that algae bacteria really could turn into the energy source of the future.
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