Algae Research May Trigger Biofuel Boon

Sept. 18, 2015
A Japanese R&D firm successfully colonized algae in a pool that spans over a third of an acre, which represents a major step toward lowering the cost of producing biofuel from algae farms.

Backed by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), IHI NeoG Algae LLC began cultivating a 100-m2 pool of Botryococcus brounii for research and development purposes at its Yokohama, Japan site in 2011. These days, IHI NeoG Algae cultivates a pool with Enomoto algae that’s 15 times larger. The algae demonstrate a phenotype that will further lower the cost for wide-scale production.

This gallery provides some of the key points about the potential of algae as a main source of biofuel.

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