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Algae used a biofuel is inching closer to reality

As companies look for alternative fuels to help ease the world's reliance on oil, researchers and companies have created several viable alternatives.   

The aerospace industry hopes algae can be refined and used to help fuel commercial airliners and jets.  In the short term, it's likely algae would be mixed with gasoline and diesel, though it's possible algae could be used to eliminate both resources at some point.

Select Boeing aircraft will use a mix of jet fuel and fuel made from algae and jatropha seeds, Boeing said.  Continental Airlines will be the first airline company to use algae as a fuel, with Air New Zealand and others expected to begin testing algae or jatropha-based technologies.

Continental's first demonstration flight is expected to take place in Houston on Jan. 7, though the flight will not carry passengers and use a blend of jet fuel with algae and jatropha.

Even with the backing of Boeing and other aerospace giants, algae supporters must now request the federal government give them loans, research and development backing, tax breaks, and other similar perks that corn and soybean researchers are actively receiving.

"We are up against formidable opposition from competing interests," said Jason Pyle, Sapphire Energy CEO.  Sapphire Energy has created a new "green crude" gasoline that is entirely made up of algae.

Algae for use as a biofuel has been more widely researched in the past few years, and it seems like it will continue to be a popular topic.  

The Colorado Field Institute (CFI) will host a biotech meeting with Colorado State University to discuss the use of algae as a biofuel later this week.  The focus of the meeting is the use of algae biofuel in rural Colorado.

Researchers will continue to look for alternatives to gas, but even with major research breakthroughs, it's unlikely the heavy U.S. reliance on foreign oil will end any time soon.  Ethanol, a popular technology that still receives major research, caused the cost of food to soar, and much work will have to be done in order to make ethanol a more viable solution or to develop a satisfactory alternative.

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Great Idea
By Gzus666 on 12/9/2008 10:08:39 AM , Rating: 2
OK, so I've noticed we have two Michaels blogging here now. I have an idea for a show. It could be a show about a blog about two bloggers blogging for the same site and are bitter enemies or greatest of friends with the same first name (Simon and Simon anyone?), work out the kinks later. They could be bloggers by day and solve crimes at night in some blogtastic way.

RE: Great Idea
By masher2 on 12/9/2008 10:19:04 AM , Rating: 3
We already do solve crimes at night. At least, I wear a cape...

RE: Great Idea
By Gzus666 on 12/9/2008 10:22:32 AM , Rating: 2
And tights? Also, do you need an agent? I think I can sell this idea to Fox.

RE: Great Idea
By Lord 666 on 12/9/2008 10:22:44 AM , Rating: 4
Did you ever watch the Incredibles? Never wear the cape as it will only get caught on something while you are testing out your anti-gravity gun. Capes are too much of a liability.

RE: Great Idea
By Yawgm0th on 12/9/2008 11:27:43 AM , Rating: 1
RE: Great Idea
By foolsgambit11 on 12/9/2008 2:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
Meh. I prefer for them to keep to their "Even Stepvhen" routine.

RE: Great Idea
By Gzus666 on 12/9/2008 2:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Either way. I'm toying with names for the show like: Michael² (Michael Squared), The Blogtastic Bus, Blogman, Dirty City Clean Blog. I will have to think more about it.

RE: Great Idea
By mrteddyears on 12/10/2008 8:58:16 AM , Rating: 2
The good the bad and the blogers for the movie

RE: Great Idea
By Gzus666 on 12/10/2008 9:44:19 AM , Rating: 2

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