Algae on tap
The Southwest, including New Mexico, is hot on algae for biofuels. Shown here is a prototype bioreactor to grow algae from a company spun out of the Santa Fe Community College's algae lab. Algae has great potential as a feedstock because it grows quickly and contains a lot of oil, which can be turned into transportation fuel.
New Mexico and Arizona have good conditions for growing algae because they have a lot of sunlight and many saline aquifers or brackish water sources that can be used to grow algae. In this lab, students study varied strains and how they can be used for different purposes, whether it's transportation fuel or nutraceuticals. Researchers are also looking at ways to use algae to treat waste water.
November 7, 2011 5:57 AM PST
Photo by: Martin LaMonica/CNET
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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