U.S. Navy advocates algae biofuels for the future of the U.S. economy and security

Biofuels from algae

The U.S. Navy is continuing with its plans to pursue alternatives to oil and the stalling of the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has given the military an opportunity to push for new forms of energy. The Navy, which has been advocating hydrogen fuel recently, has now turned its sights to biofuel produced from algae. The Navy has been working on a biofuel initiative with NATO for some years now, and believes that it can be a viable successor to oil. Algae biofuel producer OriginOil has announced a multinational…

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Department of Energy modifies e. coli bacteria to produce biofuel

e. coli bacteria biofuel

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy have begun experimenting with an infamous strain of bacteria that has, thus far, shown prowess in producing biofuel. Researchers are using e. coli bacteria to make renewable energy by having the bacteria feed upon switchgrass. Normally, e. coli cannot grow on switchgrass, so researchers had to modify a particular strain of the bacterium to help it thrive on the grass. In this way, the e. coli feed on the switchgrass and produce a chemical that can be used as a fuel for just…

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