05 Jul '11, 8pm

Seaweed Offers Kelping Hand for Biofuels

Seaweed Offers Kelping Hand for Biofuels

Scientists say that developing biofuels from seaweed could provide not only an alternative low-carbon energy source, but also go some way to solving the problems of food and fuel crops competing for agricultural land. The European Union currently has a target to increase the share of biofuels used in transport fuel to 10 percent by 2020, although green groups have long claimed that biofuels drive food prices up, result in deforestation and can even increase carbon emissions However, marine ecosystems account for more than half of global biomass and are relatively untapped, potentially offering a solution to the conflict, say researchers at Aberystwyth University . They add that seaweeds are capable of producing more biomass per square metre than fast-growing terrestrial plants such as sugar cane. Kelp in particular is ideal for biofuel use as it can be converted easily thr...

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