It is said that the world will go to war over water in the future, where wars are already been fought over oil today. Well, there doesn’t seem to be any slowing down in the purchase of vehicles in developed as well as emerging economies, which means the demand for fuel will continue to increase with time. Ford aims to combat that by offering an alternative, looking into algae as a fuel source. According to Sherry Mueller, research scientist at Ford Motor Company, “Algae have some very desirable characteristics as a potential biofuel feedstock and Ford wants to show its support any efforts that could lead to a viable, commercial-scale application of this technology. At this point, algae researchers are still challenged to find economical and sustainable ways for commercial-scale controlled production and culturing of high oil-producing algae.” Since selected species can convert carbon dioxide to oil, carbohydrates, and other cell components via photosynthesis, algae does look promising at the moment, and best of all is they can be grown year-round without the interruption of a harvest season. All the best to them, we wish them well.
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