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Making Biofuel from Microalgae

So much potential coexists with so many scientific, environmental and economic challenges

Philip T. Pienkos, Lieve Laurens, Andy Aden

2011-11PienkosF1.jpgClick to Enlarge ImageAs the world hunts eagerly for alternative fuel sources, microalgae is attracting wide interest. Lipids derived from algae hold great promise as a biofuel feedstock. The high-lipid content found in some species is a fundamental edge. So is algae’s high per-acre productivity, and its ability in thrive in areas not already used for food production. Philip T. Pienkos, Lieve Laurens and Andy Aden explore some of the scientific, economic and environmental challenges that must be overcome before such promise becomes reality.


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