Bioenergy

Venture Capitalists Explore Replacing Crude Oil with Algae

Niland, California [International Herald Tribune] The idea of replacing crude oil with algae may seem like a harebrained way to clean up the planet and bolster national security. But Lissa Morgenthaler-Jones and her husband, David Jones, are betting their careers and personal fortunes on the prospect that they can raise the slimy plant and utilize its natural photosynthesis process to produce a plentiful supply of biofuel. … One goal, for instance, is to find an energy-efficient way to convert algae into fuel, which is why she was visiting the catfish farm in Niland. Farmed catfish could provide a useful source of carbon dioxide for the algae as well as a critical revenue flow to keep research going.