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Studies show that algae can produce up to 60% of their biomass in the form of oil. Because the cells grow in aqueous suspension where they have more efficient access to water, CO2 and dissolved nutrients, microalgae are capable of producing large amounts of biomass and usable oil in either high rate algal ponds or photobioreactors. This oil can then be turned into biodiesel which could be sold for use in automobiles or used as a raw material in the pharmaceutical industry. The more efficient this process becomes the larger the profit that is turned by the company.

Problem - and Solution

H2OPE Biofuels was founded in Denver, Colorado, in 2008 on a simple but important belief: The world's current sources of energy are not only unsustainable, they are destroying our planet.

Today, 85 percent of the world's energy supply comes from fossil fuels: oil, coal and natural gas. Estimates vary on when these resources are going to "run out" but a typical estimate is about 100 years. Energy supply, though, is the least of the planet's problems. The cost of these industries-on the environment, on the economy, on human health-are too great to ignore.

Fossil fuels create three irrefutable problems:

The Alternative: Renewable Energy Sources

Alternative energy sources - such as biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric - are all sources that are renewable, and generate a fraction of the carbon emissions created by fossil fuels. They are the key to limiting environmental damage, reducing carbon emissions and freeing U.S. dependency on foreign oil (and the many complex economic-political ramifications such dependency creates).

H2OPE Biofuels' solution, of isolating a strain of algae than can produce hydrogen, is one of these newest 3rd-generation solutions to the fossil fuel problem.

to learn more about how these traditional technologies are failing our planet.

 


 

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