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Can seaweed be used as biofuel?

By Roger Rodrigo

It remains a tantalizing question, doesn’t it? Imagine the possibilities worldwide.

Now the U.S. government is providing funding for two research projects whose mission is to produce seaweed in large numbers then convert this into biofuel and bio-based chemicals.

The U.S. authorities have ascertained that should the project bear fruit they could fulfil as much as 10% of transportation sector needs.

To put it in a nutshell the aim is to create a viable renewable, biological source of clean energy that doesn’t rely on environmentally harmful items like synthetic fertilizers, or the use of vast areas of land and large amounts of fresh water—all of which go into producing corn, the primary source of biofuel in the US.





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