Hello BEST members,
Toxic algal blooms have been a hot topic in the news lately. While many are concerned about the effects of these blooms, some look to turn these harmful blooms into a positive. Fredrik Gröndahl, a researcher at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden argues that the algae from toxic blooms can be collected and turned into a fuel source. In fact, one Swedish city, Trelleborg, has estimated that 2.8 million liters of diesel fuel could be produced from excess algae on its beaches. Gröndahl points out that oceans are untapped resources that could be used as algae farms for biodiesel production. He is attempting to prove this by working on the Seafarm project, in which algae is being grown on ropes and collected after six months for fuel and food purposes.
Jenna Iacurci. “Seaweed: Fuel and Food of the Future” October 9th 2014. Nature World News http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/9499/20141009/seaweed-fuel-and-food-of-the-future.htm
Thanks for reading,
Brett Nelson
University Scholar – CALS
BioEnergy and Sustainable Technology Lab
Soil and Water Science Department
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