The outlook for the bio-fuel market worldwide seems cheerfully optimistic with new ways to produce the eco-friendly fuel, regularly hitting the headlines. Several types of algae have been widely explored as a viable source for bio-fuel in the last few decades, however if this one becomes a success then we could soon have farmers growing microalgae to produce bio-fuel instead of cash crops.
The scientists at University of Michigan are working on ways to pressure cooking micro algae into carbon neutral bio-fuel. The process involves the usage of a microalgae soup which is heated to 300 degrees and then cooked for 30-60 minutes to produce crude bio-fuel. Carbon neutral does not mean that there won’t be any carbon emission. They would still be releasing carbon, however, since they too took carbon-dioxide out of the atmosphere at some or the other point of time, the net effect is zero movement of carbon dioxide to or from the atmosphere.
Anyhow, bio-fuels are a boon for greener economy and a great alternative source for fossil based fuel.