Apr 7, 2015

Algae could both provide biofuel and clean up wastewater

Algae grows in pools of wastewater in Houston, Texas (Photo: Rice University)

GizmagAlgae may indeed be a potential source of biofuel, but it can also find use in things like nutritional supplements and cosmetics. When it's grown commercially, its growth is usually aided with chemical fertilizers. The cost of those chemicals cuts into the profits, however, plus the fertilizers are also needed for more traditional crops. That's why scientists from Houston's Rice University are looking into growing algae in municipal wastewater – the water would already contain its own free fertilizer, plus the algae would help clean it up. .. Continue Reading Algae could both provide biofuel and clean up wastewater 

Section: Environment 


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