20 Jan '12, 7pm

Biofuel breakthrough: kelp could power cars via @mongabay

Biofuel breakthrough: kelp could power cars via @mongabay

Biofuel breakthrough: kelp could power cars mongabay.com January 20, 2012 Scientists have devised a new way to produce ethanol directly from seaweed, offering the potential to generate biofuels that don't compete with terrestrial food production and won't suck up scarce freshwater, reports a study published today in Science . Researchers from the Bio Architecture Lab in Berkeley, California engineered E. coli bacterium to digest brown seaweed and produce ethanol as a byproduct. Kelp, which grows up to a meter a day and is abundant in temperate coastal regions, is a type of brown seaweed. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler. "BAL's technology to ferment a seaweed feedstock to renewable fuels and chemicals has suggested an entirely new pathway for biofuels development, one that is no longer constrained to terrestrial sources," said Jonathan Burbaum of the U.S. Department of Energy's A...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0120-kelp_power.html

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