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Algae Lab - Fuel Algae are among the fastest growing plants...

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Kayle Erickson, Alyssa Rodriguiez, Nikki Neyer Dr. M Physics 6 April 2009 Comparing Fuel Sources Scientists have been researching various types of fuel in order to discover ways in which people can conserve as much energy as possible in the most efficient and cost effective manner. The fossil fuels such as gasoline that most people use to operate their vehicles consist of carbon or hydrocarbons found in the earth’s crust. This type of fuel has proven to use lots of energy, give off large amounts of environment damaging CO2 emissions and very costly. The making of Bio-fuels is another energy source being developed and is defined as fuel produced from dry organic matter or combustible oils produced by plants. Finally, a newer type of fuel source is being researched called Algae
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Unformatted text preview: Fuel. Algae are among the fastest growing plants in the world, and about 50 percent of their weight is oil. That lipid oil can be used to make bio-diesel for cars, trucks, and airplanes. People are however concerned that it will not be able to compete economically with fossil fuels. The interest on the use of Algae fuel is on the rise because it is possible to produce about 100,000 gallons of algae oil a year per acre, compared to about 30 gallons per acre from corn; 50 gallons from soybeans. There are also about 65,000 known algae species, with perhaps hundreds of thousands more still to be identified that could be used to create this fuel. These species may then be able to produce different types of fuel depending on nutrients the algae receive....
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