You know when you're minding your own business,swimming in a lake or ocean and that green blob touches you and you're NOT DOWN.
That stuff could power your house, your car,and it could even stop global warming.
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Algae is plural.
It encompasses a large number of stemless,rootless, leafless usually monocellular plants that get energy from photosynthesis.
Algae exist in many colors, red, yellow, purple,brown, black, and of course, green and blue-green.
All of these absorb light and turn it intoenergy.
Algae are a basic food source for both saltand freshwater animals and birds, their decomposition releases minerals into the water, and theirmass provides a refuge for small fish and invertebrates.
If nature loves it so much, why don't humans? "it's a completely renewable source, and it'smade from sunlight and carbon dioxide and water.
It's a very sustainable, renewable fuel.
" That's Dave Hazleback, founder of Global AlgaeInnovations.
He thinks these tiny plants can be way morevaluable than they are already.
Steve Woods is a mechanical engineer and heworks with Dave, turning algae into fuel for cars, trucks, and airplanes….
The ones that we deal with are micro algae,so it's a little single-cell and you could start with just a single cell and grow itall the way out and just have it multiply and everything, just growing plants.
You just feed them what they need, carbon,hydrogen and nitrogen and stuff.
They just grow and they multiply like crazy.
For some DNews episodes that's a bad thing,but for this? You WANT it to multiply.
Eventually, it will fill up these pools theycall raceways, and Steve will pull them out, drain the water, and dry it all out.
That’s actually really hard by the way.
The dry algae can be turned into food foranimals (or people), but… When you feed them certain things or stressthem in certain ways they can produce oils and different things that are beneficial fornutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals stuff and everything, so it's cool.
There are over 100,000 different types ofalgae, and they store energy in the form of oil.
The oil can be easily converted into drop-infuels which means it can be converted into gasoline, diesel, and jet that can be useddirectly in current engines.
You don't need any special modifications oranything to run an algae biofuel.
The fuel that we're producing is equivalent,is exactly the same in terms of performance as gasoline or diesel or jet.
Renewable diesel actually performs betterthan petroleum-based diesels.
Biofuels, like these, are energy sources thatcome from living matter.
They stand apart from fossil fuels (which,by the way, also come from living matter) because biofuels are made now, and not overmillions of years.
You've probably heard of ethanol, a fuel madefrom corn; it's easy to make with the industry we already have, but it's not the best biofuel… It takes a lot of time to grow a whole fieldof corn, but to grow-out a lot of algae is a lot faster and it's just a plant.
On top of that, the U.
Department of Energybelieves algae could be 10 or 100 times more productive than other bioenergies! Biofuels aren't new; Henry Ford's Model-Twas designed to run on ethanol, but ethanol only packs half the punch of gasoline.
As people recognize the issues with globalwarming and climate change, biofuel technology has only gotten better.
Fossil fuels crelease carbon that was trappedinside of our planet for millions of years, but because biofuels are plants.
you're capturing the carbon dioxide,so it's not being released and that's part of it.
// You can grow algae 40 times more algaeper acre than you can with terrestrial crops and as a result you don't have all the deforestation.
On top of that, these biofuel farmers onlyneed the oil.
Algae can be used for industrial applicationsand in food and drugs.
The algae even contains omega-3 and omega-6fatty acids that are required for healthy humans, but difficult to find in the foodchain.
Algae are pretty incredible little organisms,but this process isn't perfect yet.
In the past, biofuel has been very expensive.
Though, according to Dave, they're down totwo or three dollars a gallon to make it now, but they still can't make enough to competewith larger petrogas companies.
Hopefully, someday in the future, algae racewayscould replace oil fields, and gas stations will pump out biofuel! Algae could also stop global warming in it'stracks! Seeker Stories got to actually GO to the plantin Hawaii where this biofuel is made, they learned about how algae plants plus powerplants equal a healthier Earth.
Check it out here.
Would you put algae in your tank? How about in your mouth? I mean t is a food source after all! Let us know in the comments, make sure yousubscribe for more DNews and thanks for watching.