Algae Ethanol: is it a Viable Alternative to Corn-based Ethanol?

Algae ethanol, is it a better alternative to corn ethanol? Much like corn algae has to ferment, but unlike corn, algae doesn’t take up as much land mass to produce biofuel. This is a great benefit to using algae.

Check out this alternative to GMO corn-produced ethanol. It is not as widely publicized in the news, but may be a more economical and productive way to reduce energy costs in the future! Check out ethanol algae and decide for yourself:

Algae Ethanol: is it the Bio Fuel of the Future?

According the Oilgae, the only drawback for using algae ethanol is competition:

The real problem is that there are so many more valuable products to produce from it, such as carrageenan, agar, and dozens of valuable compounds. In comparison, alcohol is a low-priced product.

Take a look at this video about algae ethanol:

Founded by MIT chemist Isaac Berzin in 2001, GreenFuel Technologies of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has developed a process to create algae ethanol:

“(this process) uses a portfolio of technologies to profitably recycle CO2 from smokestack, fermentation, and geothermal gases via naturally occurring species of algae.”


In plain terms, they use contained algae to siphon CO2 from the smoke-stack emissions of power plants. So what is this algae good for? Well, algae can create a starch that manufacturers can process into ethanol algae. They can even create biodiesel or jet fuel from the stuff. Greenfuel believes that algae is more economical than corn because it can potentially double its own mass in a few hours whereas corn can only be grown once a year. An acre of corn will produce around 300 gallons of ethanol a year, an acre of algae could possibly create more than 5,000 gallons of biofuel each year. For more information, check out Greenfuel Technologies.

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