New Biofuel Made from Seaweed
Green energy sources may come in an unexpected way to save the world’s climate. A new study finds a large amount of biofuel can reproduced from seaweed an other plant life in the ocean. This biofuel made from algae can can reduce carbon emissions if used globally
Dr. Eben Alexander, a professor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, and his team of researchers analyzed a common marine algae known as Macrocystis and discovered an amazing biofuel that can be made from seaweed using a technology called solar ethanol production.
Their biofuel made from algae can have a significant impact on the environment as well as it can on humanity. Alexander notes that because it is made from seaweed, it can only be used as fuel and to produce more biofuel. However, it can also be used as a source of hydrogen and as an energy source for other industries.
The biofuel made from algae is a carbon-free product that does not exist naturally. It is made from a process called algae liberation, which involves the entire production process from biomass to pure ethanol.
Alexander explains that the process of algae liberation requires oxygen. It is only possible to make the biofuel from algae if seawater is added to the production process. Otherwise, the process is used to produce a standard biofuel, which is made from petroleum. The researchers found that when the seawater is added, the biofuel is made in an environmentally friendly way.
The process of algae liberation will be the same every time. The researchers tested their biofuel made from algae in seawater from the sea. Their findings were published in the journal Chemical Research Letters.
As the technology improves, it will come closer to commercialization.