Can Blue-Green Algae Be Used as Biofuel?
by Ross DiMattei (ABC-7) Suspending freshwater releases from Lake Okeechobee is only a temporary solution to the water quality issues in Southwest Florida. — You may have seen a proposal for a more permanent solution circulating on social media that would involve converting the blue-green algae into biofuel.
ABC-7 spoke with a research professor who said that is an option, but not a realistic one.
“All algae are potentially biofuel,” said Dr. Bill Louda, a research professor at Florida Atlantic University.
After harvesting the algae, Louda said the final step would involve turning it into fuel. He argued the price of the process makes it an unrealistic option.
“It’s an extremely expensive proposition,” Louda said.
Louda added that even if there were a way to extract all this algae from our waterways, this type of algae is very toxic and low in lipids, or fatty acids, making it some of the worst algae to try and turn into biofuel. READ MORE