University of Tulsa?s growing research program is aimed at turning various strains of algae into fuels that can power cars and trucks in not-so-distant future. |
Algae is an efficient autotroph ? organisms that can produce complex organic compounds such as fats and oils from molecules by simply using photosynthesis.
?I think this is better than ethanol,? he said, noting that the corn-based fuel requires a lot more water and energy to refine, which also contributes to pollution, not to mention taking up land typically used for food.
?They?re like solar cells,? TU associate professor and faculty researcher Daniel Crunkleton said
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