January 12, 2008

Taiwan Studying Algae For Ethanol Production

Since most efforts taking place here involve algae for biodiesel production, I thought this was kinda interesting.

The government has decided to fund experiments on turning two macroscopic algae into the raw materials for biofuel production, expanding sources from land plants to marine flora as prices for oil and grain continue to increase, Council of Agriculture (COA) officials said.

The two chosen subjects for the experiments are gracilaria and sargassum, they said, adding that both are rich in polysaccharide that can be transformed to ethanol (alcohol) to produce gasohol.

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