Algae biofuels for automotives : Ford to study 15Thanks to the new bill passed bringing the incentives to algae biofuels on par with other biofuels is going to trigger more interest in Algae.
In my opinion, algae is any day a better bet than most biofuels.
Here is an article about how FORD is seriously interested in algae as a biofuel.
Ford scientists are working to understand the suitability of renewable sources such as algae as potential automotive biofuels. This effort is an integral part of Ford's desire to better understand the use of biomass to produce future biofuels as part of an overall strategy to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil and address climate change.
"Ford has a long history of developing vehicles that run on renewable fuels; and the increased use of biofuels is an important element of our sustainability strategy now and moving forward," said Tim Wallington, technical leader with the Ford Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department.
"We look ahead from a technological, economic, environmental, and social standpoint at potential next-generation renewable fuels that could power our vehicles."
Algae for oil Industry forecasters and trend magazines such as The Futurist have highlighted "algae for oil" as one of the hottest technologies and thought-provoking ideas for 2010.
Algae biofuel research received an added boost this spring when the House of Representatives introduced a bill (HR 5142) known as the GREEN JOBS Act of 2010 to encourage investment tax credits for algae-based biorefineries.
This year, Ford researchers visited Wayne State University's National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, which is actively analyzing suitable algae strains that could be used as a feedstock for biodiesel.
The Ford researchers, part of the company's Systems Analytics and Environmental Sciences Department, also have conducted in-house research on the opportunities and challenges of producing biodiesel from algae oil.