23 Oct '17, 7am

Is Algae the Eco Fuel We’ve Been Waiting For? https://t.co/0S0hhQ9mJG

Is Algae the Eco Fuel We’ve Been Waiting For? https://t.co/0S0hhQ9mJG

Meanwhile, researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory are using genetically modified blue-green algae to create ethylene, a building block for plastic. Ethylene production typically comes with tons of environmental drawbacks, since it is made from petroleum and natural gas and emits more carbon dioxide than any other chemical process. By changing blue-green algae’s metabolism, researchers enabled the organism to convert some of its carbon dioxide into ethylene, a gas that can then be collected and used to make plastic. Unlike traditional ethylene production, this altered blue-green algae absorb carbon dioxide, instead of emitting it.

Full article: http://ecosalon.com/is-algae-the-future-of-fuel-and-plast...

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