San Diego Becoming the Center of Algae Fuel World?

San Diego Becoming the Center of Algae Fuel World?

Postby cacofonix » Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:31 pm

Trying to Turn San Diego into the Green Houston

In the early 1990s, San Diego's moribund economy was revived by a bunch of scientists who figured out how to do things like turn a mobile phone into a multi-media entertainment center and develop a diabetes therapy out of lizard spit.

Now, with the economy tanking again, another bunch of scientists is telling anyone who will listen that the region's next economic boom might be borne out of pond scum.

Algae that is -- green gold, San Diego soda.

San Diego, already home to dozens of companies involved in solar or wind energy, would be a major player in the nation's multi-trillion-dollar energy economy if a group of local researchers succeed in turning algae into a commercially viable transportation fuel, something they think they can do within a decade.

And a top-notch research infrastructure, a thriving biotech sector and proximity to cheap land in Imperial County, where the plant could be grown on a large scale with plenty of sun, combine to give San Diego a strong foundation for building on algae's future.

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Re: San Diego Becoming the Center of Algae Fuel World?

Postby afreeman1984 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 12:47 pm

It seems like biotechnology is just as popular in San Diego as the algae biofuels sector. All in all, will the ultimate algae solution be a mixture of GMO and optimal engineering techniques? Or will the solution be restricted to non genetically modified strains in order to alleviate the risk of releasing bioengineered strains into nature?
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