US has land, water to support 25 billion gallons of algae biofuels: new study

A new analysis shows that the nation’s land and water resources could likely support the growth of enough algae to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel a year in the United States, one-twelfth of the country’s yearly needs. The findings come from an in-depth look at the water resources that would be needed to grow significant amounts of algae in large, specially built shallow ponds.

The results were published in the May 7 issue of Environmental Science and Technology.

Source: Pacific Northwest Laboratory, 21 May 2013

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