Algae as fuel source?


UGA researchers are partnering with the University of Puerto Rico to create a renewable energy center to grow algae-based biofuels. Algae is considered one of the most promising sources of renewable fuels because it grows rapidly, it can be grown in a variety of aquatic environments, including wastewater and salt water, and it does not compete with food agriculture for resources. Funded by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, the renewable energy center in Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, will help address the energy needs of the Caribbean territory and help the U.S. reduce use of fossil fuels. UGA will receive $1.2 million, and the UPR will receive $2.8 million.

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