In the 21st century with such an advanced overall study on the gain and improvement of renewable energy sources, there is one that truly intrigues me. Algae.
In the past algae was more recognized as a deadly bacteria that would infest our waters at times, killing fish and other nautical animals we consistently placed on our dinner tables. Now there is the ability, as researched by the U.S. Department of Energy and other large corporations, to turn these once dangerous microorganisms into a number of different biofuels. The great thing about this is that it has been studied around the world and could be the next step in replacing fossil fuels, which are slowly disintegrating from availability.
So the question would be… Where do we go from here? There are so many companies that have started the research of this beneficial product, including Exxon Mobil, but then drifted away little by little as the need for long-term research and development became costly. Is it not more important that we save our earth and expenses in the long run? Should we not work together to protect our lives and environment for the future of our children and grandchildren?
I think that there is a great value to the fact that algae available worldwide throughout the water can provide sustainable and renewable energy when combined with sunlight. There is also the benefit that oil emissions could eventually be eliminated, thus improving our air quality and weather in the long run.
While not working as a scientist, there are plenty of projects worth investing in one way or another. There are always a number of labs that are willing to accept donations for their development. Simply spread the word to help promote the development of biofuels across our valuable world. The study of algae is definitely one that would only create a replacement for fuel, while it would not risk minimizing the farm harvest of ever-important vegetables and other foods that have also been studied in the past as alternate resources.
All I can truly say, is to take a look at some of the published papers and results below about the work that has been done to date in the study of algae as renewable energy. Hopefully it will help it one day make travel and other energy much more affordable and easier on the environment.