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Algae Biodiesel: Exponential Efficiencies

 
Posted October 3 2006 03:11 PM by Edward A. Sanchez 
Filed under: What's New, Trend Observations, Biodiesel/alternative fuel

Algae

In the course of casually browsing around online, and looking up "biodiesel" on Wikipedia, I came across a rather stunning figure. While traditional agricultural crops like corn and soybeans are being aggressively promoted as feedstocks for biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, this research report suggests that algae may be a far more effective and efficient feedstock. Corn, it turns out, is the dismal loser in the productivity scale. It will yield a paltry 18 gallons of oil per acre per year. Soybeans are slightly better at 48 gallons. But the potential yield for micro algae is 5,000 to 15,000 gallons.


Why isn't this making headlines? Not to get all Oliver Stone on you, but there is an entrenched, wealthy agricultural lobby in the U.S. whose interests are heavily invested in corn and soybeans. Besides, from a marketing perspective, what's sexier? Quaint farmhouses next to bucolic fields of corn waving in the Midwestern wind, or a bunch of white coat-wearing geeks in the Arizona desert looking over acres of green, slimy goo? Whether or not this fits with our idealistic vision of agricultural Americana, the differences in production yields are too big to ignore.

If we're truly serious about liberating ourselves from the grips of third-world crackpots like Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, we need to look past the easy, convenient answers presented to us by the big agri-lobby, and start taking a closer look at these heretofore obscure reports and studies on alternative fuels.



1 comments
idahobuckaroo
idahobuckaroo

This is nothing new.  The US has been a captive audience to big dollar lobbists and special interest industries for years.  You hit the nail on the head when you recognized that its all about the money, and those that hold the market purse strings. 

There is no interest in generating cheap fuel; it's all about the profit margins, and big dollar gains.  The environmental movement is just a side show to distract the foolish, and take advantage of all. 

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