I love how algae can be used for almost anything. If the future is covered in algae, well, I’ll be the first to say that that’s a good thing.
Inhabitat has a post about how algae is being converted into crude biofuel.
The scientists involved in the LiveFuels project are focusing on specialized aspects of the algae-to-biocrude process. Some are breeding algae to find the best high-fat strains, others are refining the fat and oil extraction process and others still are developing cost-effective harvesting techniques. The biggest challenge is to make algae biocrude within a fraction of the time that nature’s biomass decomposition occurs and to do it economically, for less than $60 a barrel.