"This is not a slam dunk. There are a lot of technologies that need to be developed," said Paul Roessler, vice president of renewable fuels and chemicals at Synthetic Genomics.
So far on the list: finding the right strain of algae among thousands of species that will produce high yields; designing systems where the desired algae can multiply and other species don't invade and disrupt the process; and extracting its oils without degrading other parts of the algae that can be made into side products and sold as well.
Fuel made from algae still a decade away
Posted on Monday, Oct 12 2009 @ 00:15 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Reuters brings news from the Algae Biomass Summit which took place in San Diego last week and reports it will likely still take 7 to 10 years until biofuel from algae will be commercialized.