Engineers to test if seaborne platforms could lower costs of algae fuel

11/18/2009 | MSNBC

Engineers from Kansas State University are exploring the possibility of growing algae on ocean-floating containers to slash production expenses for oil derived from the organism. Current estimates from the Department of Energy puts the price of algae-based fuels at $8 per gallon at the pump. Early obstacles for the project, which is funded by the National Academy of Sciences, include choosing the right surfaces on which to grow algae and storm-proofing the containers when they are out at sea, experts said.

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