As a frantic search and debate continues over the best alternative energy source, Scientist at Rutgers University establishes reasons, confirmation and viability of algaculture as the best alternative energy choice.

Scientists Confirm Algae Is the Most Effective Alternative Energy Source
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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28 Responses to “Scientists Confirm Algae Is the Most Effective Alternative Energy Source”

  1. 1
    mike Says:

    The best bit is that the process of growing the algae consumes large amount of CO2! So obtaining fuel from algae is surely a great one for the future.

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    jason Says:

    Sapphire Energy – one of the biggesy players in the algae industry, aims to produce one million gallons of Diesel fuel from algae by late 2011, 100 million gallons by 2018, and 1 billion gallons by 2020, which would supply 3% of the US’s energy needs.

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    jim Says:

    This year the US allocated $25 million for algae biofuel projects. The money will go to various research projects in the form of grants which are aiming to produce commercially viable fuel form algae. The University of California in San Diego is one of the leaders in this field.

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    Ben Says:

    Will this ever become available for household use?

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    Logan Says:

    What about the big garbage dump Mr. Bionomical mentioned above? Is there any way we could really get into using that? Wouldn’t it be similar to municipal waste?

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    Ron Says:

    Good info, as research continues it seems like we can create an alternative energy source out of just about anything.

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    Lindsey Says:

    I definitely think that in this world we need to get away from using oil and I think that alage could definitely be the answer!

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    Collin Says:

    With all of the uses alage already has, I think that this is honestly a great use of alage. Instead of putting it on our faces as scrubs, using it as biofuel is a fantastic idea!

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    Valerie Says:

    Even if alage is not the answer with more research the fact that it can be used will open up more doors into other things that could lead to the answer. Excellent article!

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    Layla Says:

    As the above poster said alage may not be the answer but if it gets us one step closer to being independant and not using oil then isn’t it worth looking into? I think so!

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    Jules Says:

    I have to agree with Michele. Even if Alage is not the answer we still need to research and see what types of benefits it can offer us.

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    michele Says:

    I can like solar and wind better than algae. This doesn’t mean we should not research in both. May be only one of them could be the winner but we don’t know now.
    Even if algae will replace fossil oil, we will still need solar roof in place where is difficult to bring oil

    And then there is also tidal wave energy, river energy, nuclear fusion energy to be investigated


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    Evan Says:

    Projects such as this must be promoted further. If we do not do something about our current life style, Earth will die and it will be all our fault.

    Great story, thanks for sharing

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    usd6 Says:

    This is a benefit to mankind thing
    Should have more people to join

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    Scott Says:

    The whole point is that it is all about oil. This is soo much better because we do not have to change our infrastructure or spend billions developing new electric cars. This is much greener than the production of our current solar panels. Though, that will be greener if we use this biofuel in their production.

    Producing oil this way is carbon neutral, so you will not be contributing to global warming, and in most cases even takes more carbon out of the air than is produced, because the carbon remains in the leftover material and is not burned.

    I’m not sure why you think solar panels and wind are so much better. They are ugly, require the use of tons of non green oil in their production, and use up vast amounts of land. They are however, the best alternatives for electricity, but not powering moving vehicles. We will run out the materials to make car batteries in no time if we turn to all electric vehicles, and the production once again is anything but green.

    This algea can be grown in tubes verticaly and takes up less space per acre than any other fuel source, and grows very fast.

    Get behind this, as this is the greenest, and by far the cheapest option for our transportation needs.

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    Peter Says:

    Great article, and thanks for the clarification Eric. What I’d like to know is whether the oceanic dead zones could sustain either of these lifeforms?

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    Marine001 Says:

    Algae as a energy source is an interesting concept though. We need to move away from the oil. That’s the whole point.

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    Jasper1984 Says:

    Actual yields and costs or it didn’t happen.

    Actual quotes and links to websites of scientists supporting this or it didn’t happen.

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    adml Says:

    Link to the actual study!

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    Jason Says:

    futurer, It is all about the sun. If you think about it, algae also uses solar energy to grow, so plants convert the solar energy into complex molecules that we can use to produce biodiesel or other forms of energy. Next, wind power, it also uses solar energy, as it is the sun that heats up our planet unequally and causes the winds to blow from regions with higher pressure to regions with lower pressure. Hydroelectric power plants also utilize solar enegry, as it is the sun that evaporates the water from oceans and then it condences into rain and snow at higher altitudes. You can continue this list, the bottom line is that pretty much all alternative energy sources utilize sun energy that our planet received just recently. And when we use fossil fuels we use the energy our planet received millions of years ago.


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    futurer Says:

    I think solar energy is the most promising sourse of alternative energy, so scientists should develop solar panels and other solar energy converters instead of algae and other bio sources

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    Alexus Says:

    Well maybe it is all about oil now, but wait for several years and you will see that things will be different.

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    Eric Says:

    A quick note from an aspiring phycologist. The various strains of algae being investigated for use as energy sources (B.braunii, Chlorella sp., etc) are members of the Archaeplastida Clade in the Phylum Chlorophyta. This phylum is considered eukaryotic and so your reference to them as ‘algae bacteria’ is mischaracterization. Eukaryotes have a nucleus and membrane bound organelles, in contrast to prokaryotes/bacteria that do not have a nucleus or organelles. This hardly changes the message of your story and I hate to split hairs, but there is a clear distinction between green algae and bacteria. However, if you were referring to blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) your characterization is correct, but these tend not to be lipid accumulators.

    One last note, a lot of interesting work is being done with transgenic green algae to produce sustainable pharmaceuticals and other industrial chemicals, reducing the cost and energy requirements to produce these invaluable products.

    Excellent piece.


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    Horward Says:

    it’s all about oil

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