A few days earlier, I wrote about the methodology of
scientists from South Korea who learned how to process algae into biofuels, and now they are looking for ways to reduce the cost of such processing, and hence the final price of the fuel itself. This topic seems to be promising, so not only scientists from Korea are researching this issue, but also specialists from Ford. Recently, the company announced a new research project, whose members are also trying to find a cheap way to turn ordinary algae into biofuels.
“Algae meet several material criteria for biofuels at once, this makes them the most interesting objects for research, and Ford is going to make efforts to create technology that would have received commercial application,” commented Sherry Muller, a researcher at the Ford Motor Company. Currently, the researchers of this company are looking for ways to economically convert algae into biofuel.
Some types of algae have the ability to process carbon dioxide into oils, hydrocarbons and other components of living tissue through photosynthesis. In addition, the algae, unlike, for example, soybeans or corn, will always give a good harvest, they are able to grow everywhere, in salt or fresh water (talking about different types of algae, suitable for this purpose). In addition, the algae has a harvest all year round, they do not ripen once a year or half a year, and they are all ready for use.
Earlier this year, researchers from the company visited Wayne State University, in order to get acquainted with the technology of biofuels, developed by scientists from this university. It was there that they saw the potential in algae as a source of biofuels. In addition, Ford takes into account some other alternative methods of obtaining biofuels.
The developers claim that their company has been working on the creation of vehicles using alternative energy sources for a long time, not only on gasoline or diesel fuel. This time, according to experts, the time has come to look closer to the algae, as a source, which makes it much easier to obtain biofuels than using other methods.