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Another alternative energy pipe dream

March 10, 2013 - Harry Eagar
Fuel from algae goes the way of fuel from cellulosic ethanol. Hang on to your oil stocks.

Nut graf from Bloomberg:

“ 'What we’ve come to understand is the hurdle is pretty high and the hurdle seems to exist at the basic science level, which means it’s even more difficult to solve,' Tillerson said yesterday. 'These are very challenging problems.' ”

The story does not even mention the problem of keeping your algae, whatever strain you use, uncontaminated. No one can do this on even small scales, as the Japanese proved on Maui. The idea that it can be done on industrial scales is moonshine.

I hear, by the way, that someone is trying to revive the defunct algae project in Kihei.


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