Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fuel from pond scum, i.e., algae

I wrote a bit ago (as did several others) about the bioengineered bug that can turn CO2 into a potential fuel source.  Now there's a study about how we can engineer ponds to efficiently produce pond scum (i.e., wondrous algae) all over the USA, that can be a feedstock for fuel production, too.

(I wonder if David Biello has seen this one.)

Anyway, between this and the recent discovery that sea urchins use nickel as a catalyst to make calcium carbonate, which might be an excellent way to scrub CO2 out of fossil fuel -burning energy plants (which might unfortunately remove incentive for nuclearization, but that's a topic for another day), we might yet be able to turn around the climate change bus.

Going green:  U.S. equipped to grow serious amounts of pond scum for fuel

" Seriously, babe, I could be converted into biodiesel! "

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