People have been studying algae as a potential source of renewable fuel for years now. The potential for algae is great, and not just for fuel. Algae can be used in the production of animal feed. It is being explored as a substitute for fishmeal in aquaculture feeds. Replacing fishmeal can help the aquaculture industry grow into a truly sustainable form of agriculture.
Research is being conducted on the use of algae to remove carbon dioxide and nitrogen from coal-fired power plant exhaust. It is also being developed for processing animal and human waste. The potential is there.
In this short video Dr. Lyons discusses some of the obstacles that have prevented algae-based technologies from becoming economically feasible and growing into mainstream industries.