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Biofuels could be made from bacteria that grow in seawater
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Biofuels could be made from bacteria that grow in seawater rather than from crude oil

Quote:The Manchester research group, led by Professor Nigel Scrutton, Director of the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and supported by the prestigious US-based international maritime research agency Office of Naval Research Global (ONR), is using synthetic biology to help identify a more efficient and sustainable method to make biofuel than the one currently used.

Scientists have discovered that the bacteria species called Halomonas, which grows in seawater, provides a viable “microbial chassis” that can be engineered to make high value compounds. This in turn means products like bio-based jet fuel could be made economically using production methods similar to those in the brewery industry and using renewable resources such as seawater and sugar.
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And if they grow in oxygen-depleted water, even better!
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There's also some algae that have been selected for oil production. Dehydrated, the lil' buggers were almost half oil.
The engineer in my family was tasked with integrating the bio-diesel algae into a conventional power plant; diverting warmth and CO2 to the algal slime ponds.
Not a bad idea. Turned out, economic favor-ability was low. Some stuff requires the largess of socialism. To get off the ground.

All bio-mass schemes for power are simply another angle on solar energy. And they are all valid.

Here's the pity about all the cool tech:

It's made for a much lower population.
With the right population, ethanol could become the new oil. And it wouldn't require an input of fossil fuels.
But only after the system was up and running, and there were way less people.

It's amazing, how many less people there could be, in a mere 100 years or less...just through a commitment to do less reproduction.
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