Does growing algae for fuel require a lot of water?
Because algae can thrive in non-potable and/or saline water unsuitable for traditional agriculture, algae production systems use far less water than traditional crops. Given the projected constraints on freshwater supplies in the coming years, the ability to produce biofuels from a resource like algae that does NOT require freshwater is all the more important.
Is growing algae for fuels bad for the environment?
While we all know that any kind of agricultural process has some kind of impact on the environment, it’s important to remember that algae can be grown on non-arable land and don’t need freshwater to grow.
In fact, algae can help remediate polluted water, and consume carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, as they grow.
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