July 2, 2012

Algae as new energy source


Algae as new energy source


Algae as new energy sourceAs the world strives to tackle growing global energy demands, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced June 26 that algae are a valuable source of sustainable energy.
The release indicates that the U.S. Department of Energy predicts global energy usage to increase 53 percent by 2035, creating substantial demands to incorporate green energy sources and sustainable energy into world plans to reduce dependence on depleting fossil fuel resources.
IEEE said that algae is a good source of energy due to its extremely high growth rate, and it is a sustainable alternative option to produce aviation gases, jet fuel and crude oil. IEEE senior member and CEO of Algaeon Inc. William Kassebaum maintains that an acre of corn can generate 300 gallons of ethanol per year while an acre of algae is capable of producing from 6,000 to 10,000 gallons of light sweet crude oil per year.
IEEE additionally pursues other current renewable energy sources, including wind and solar. With the cost of energy from wind sources falling, it is fast becoming an “attractive non-carbon source of energy,” said Peter Tavner, a UK-based IEEE senior member and president of the European Academy of Wind Energy. IEEE is tackling the issues that are rising from the evolving grid system, green energy goals and energy demands.

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