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Algae May be a Potential Source of Biofuels and Biochemicals Even in Cool Climate

Algae May be a Potential Source of Biofuels and Biochemicals Even in Cool Climate

Algae are organisms useful in many ways in the transition towards a bio-economy. Even in a cool climate as in Finland, algae might be used to produce biochemicals and biofuels, besides use in capture of industrial carbon dioxide emissions. The ALGIDA project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland explored algae growing in Finland. Growing algae at VTT's laboratory. Credit: VTT Algae are not yet profitably cultivated for energy production purposes. The cultivation is challenging especially in cool climate where there is little daylight in winter. Production is expensive compared with wood and agricultural biomass. But the findings of the ALGIDA project indicate that establishing profitable algae cultivation can also be possible in Finland. The components of algae are suitable not only for producing biofuels but also pigments, cosmetics components or hydroge...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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