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The constraints on growing algae for biofuel

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The predicted onset of ‘peak oil’ in either this decade or the next, as well as the need to reduce GHG emissions in order to mitigate climate change, have made the development of clean and renewable energy sources an important area of research. Microalgae are potentially an excellent source of biofuels: they are highly productive and can be grown on non-arable land, and so do not compete with food crops. However, biodiesel from algae is currently not economically feasible. This talk will introduce some of the limitations that affect the productivity of algae, and the current ‘gap’ to feasibility.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Research Seminars series.

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