Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Energy 101: Algae-to-Fuel

August 13, 2013

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Energy 101 | Algae-to-Fuels

Learn about algae, a fast-growing, renewable resource that holds great promise to become a reliable, homegrown fuel source to reduce our nation's reliance on foreign oil.

Algae are a diverse group of primarily aquatic organisms that are capable of using photosynthesis to generate biomass. This biomass can be used as feedstock for transportation fuels. In the near term, algae may also mitigate the effects of carbon dioxide from sources such as power plants — and in the future, they may be used to capture and reuse fossil-fuel-generated carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. This edition of Energy 101 shares the benefits of an algae-fueled future.

For more information on algal biofuels from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, visit the Bioenergy Technologies Office website.

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