Algae – A viable source of Biofuel


Scientists around the world are experimenting with making cheaper alternative energies for our future, in a step further, a team of scientists at Michigan State University (MSU) has invented a new technology that will boost the research and production of algae-based bio-fuels.

The team’s invention —the environmental photobioreactor (ePBR system) — is the world’s first standard algae growing platform. The bioreactors are about the size of coffee makers and can induce changes in light, temperature, carbon dioxide, oxygen, evaporation, nutrient availability and more to simulates dynamic natural environments.

The ePBR system is like a pond in a jar that helps identify, cultivate, and test algal strains that have the potential to make the leap from lab to pond — proliferate in real-world, real-pond settings and produce the most oil.

Many scientists around the globe are looking for strains of algae that could become a sustainable source of alternative energy. Biggest problem they face is that algal strains that perform well in labs often down-perform in real environment.