Things are looking up for lowly sea algae.
Fuels giant Royal Dutch Shell and HR Biopetroleum on Wednesday announced the creation of a joint venture called Cellana to make biodiesel from algae in Hawaii.
The plans call for growing algae in ponds of seawater using strains of algae that are native to Hawaii. It will be placed near other industrial sites that produce algae for the pharmaceutical and nutrition industries.
Cellana said that algae can produce 15 times more oil per hectare than rape, palm soya, or jatropha plants.
Algae growth also has been proposed as a way to absorb … Read more