Study: Lots of land in U.S. could be used for algal biofuels

03/20/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

Nearly 14% of land in the Lower 48 states could be used for algal biofuel production, according to a study by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Our main driver was to look at how much land would be available for installing large algae pond systems," said Erik Venteris, lead investigator for the study. Unused land in the West, marginal croplands and Southern woodlands are among the best candidates, researchers found.

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