Basics of Algae

Algae can contain high levels of oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins, and can be used to produce renewable fuel, animal feed and even human food. In fact, algae, both micro- and macroalgae (seaweeds) are already widely used in food products, from baby formula to ice-cream, providing texture, stabilizing features, and important nutrients for health.

In short, fuel, feed and food derived from algae can help provide the answer to many of our pressing problems

That’s why billions of dollars are being invested in the research and development of algae-based technologies. It won’t be long before fuels made from algae will start replacing petroleum fuels in your tank. Indeed, petroleum in large part derives from algae that grew millions of years ago. We now need to replace this “old algae” with new algae fuel.


UCSD’s Dr. Mitchell gives a lesson in algae 101

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