CSU Study: Turning Algae into Fuel is Ecofriendly

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Colorado State University study says turning algae into a biofuel is more environmentally friendly than the process for petroleum diesel or soy biodiesel.

The study based its conclusion on the complete process for each fuel and included factors such as the amount of energy used to grow algae, the diesel burned by trucks used to move the algae biodiesel from processing facilities to the pump and the energy used to make fertilizer.

For the study, CSU professors Thomas Bradley and Bryan Willson relied on data from the Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory at CSU and from Solix Biofuels Inc., a spinoff company from the lab.

The study appears in this week's Journal of Environmental Science and Technology.


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  • by Mayor Ryan on Oct 12, 2010 at 02:40 PM
    There are many fuels that could be ecofriendly, but is it efficient based on all viable options? No.
  • by $$ on Sep 28, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    CSU, dont forget to mention the corn ethanol scam, the least energy efficient biofuel around takes up more net energy than it yields, takes up more pesticides and chemical fertilizers creating more deadly and toxic run offs polluting air, water and land and making dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico costing billions and billions in annual tax payer subsidies while making no difference in our energy independence
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