I've been a little inundated by algae today. First I finished a chapter in Earth: The Sequel all about algae biodiesel, and then I ran across a profile of algae startup Solena at the NYTimes. And THEN I got an email from Sam at GreenFuelsForecast about their summary of the History and Future of Algae Biofules. And just moments ago Katie from Earth2Tech emailed me their story on the Top 15 Aglae Startups!
Wow! Seems to me like March 27th 2008 is algae's official tipping point!
The news, my friends, is good. Algae is the best plant out there for converting sunlight to energy. It's 100x better at creating usable energy per acre than corn is. And tons of new and old companies are trying different strains of algae and different ways of growing them not to mention using them to clean the flue gas coming out of power plants.
Algae, it turns out, eat NOx emissions without trouble, and, of course, grow much faster in higher concentrations of CO2. The only problems are sulfur dioxide, which can acidify the water (just like it does to rain) and kill the algae, and mercury, which can accumulate in the algae and make them dangerously toxic.
Welcome to the future, where single-celled plants eat our pollution and power our cars. Who'd a thunk...
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