Thursday, October 29, 2009


Reality Check on Algae

Just a couple of posts back, I pointed out that fossil fuels and biofuels are in substance the same, and that what differentiates them is who has done most of the work.

R-Squared Energy Blog has just posted an interview with an algae company CEO who opens a very revealing window into this world. I won’t quote any of the interview here, as it’s not very long and should be read in its entirety. I will just say this: It’s an excellent example of what I was talking about. When humans have to do in a very short time what nature took millions of years to do, the challenge is more than just daunting. The interviewee is shockingly frank, and what he has to say will surely dampen the expectations of those who believe algae-derived fuels will soon be powering fleets of vehicles.

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