Lonely Man of Cake

March 14, 2007

Free Seaweed Biofuel

Filed under: Biofuel,Conservation,Environment,Israel — lonelymanofcake @ 6:07 pm

Seaweed combines two of my favorite things: sea, and, um… biofuel.

A fledgling Israeli biotech company which goes by the name Seambiotic Ltd. (so fledgling that they have only two Google hits) has found–and is attempting to patent–an ingenious process which would harness the CO2 emissions from power plants and use them for cultivating seaweed, which can then be used as biofuel.

As stated in this study, “Increased CO2 concentration should lead to greater biological productivity with an expected increase in the photosynthetic storage of carbon and also stronger growth in many plants.” Using the scrubbed CO2 from the power plants is thus the equivalent of a free superfood for plants, which drastically reduces the cost of production, creates an attractive biofuel alternative, and ensures that power plant emissions stay out of the air we breathe. Apparently, one liter of fuel can be produced from every five kilograms of seaweed. (And I’ve just learned that algae is also a viable biofuel!)

And yet Israel is still hopelessly addicted to oil.

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3 Comments »

  1. hahahaha. sea and biofuel! it took me a second, but very funny.

    Comment by rebecca — March 15, 2007 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  2. retate

    Comment by jakari — December 8, 2010 @ 11:16 pm | Reply


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