Rebekah Bonnemann and Anna Räuber-Ramos

Algae Fuel

How it Works

  • Some types of algae produce oil as they photosynthesize.
  • This oil can then be harvested for use.
  • It can then be converted for use in cars, trains, factories, etc.
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The Upsides

  • There are many strains of oil producing algae that live in different environments.
  • Algae uses CO2 to produce oil, hence reducing global warming.
  • There is PLENTY of algae.
  • Genetic diversity means significantly decreased chance of crazy virus killing it all off.
  • 10-100 times more productive than traditional biofuels.
  • Uses up waste from food and chemical industries as fertilizer.
  • Can be used in salt or even waste water we otherwise don't use.
  • It only costs $50 per barrel, or ~$2.63 per gallon, to produce.
  • Being a plant, we can plant and harvest it like corn, producing a nearly endless supply.


Algae biofuel production can use a lot of energy to produce algae and uses more water than other biofuel sources along with requiring a lot of fertilizer.