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Algal Systems Less Efficient than Corn for Generating Fuels

3:17 AM MST | January 29, 2010 | Alex Scott

Using algae for generating biomass energy is less efficient than using switchgrass, canola or corn, uses more water, and requires more inputs, according to a University of Virginia (Chartlottesville, VA) study published in a recent edition of the journal Environmental Science & Technology. The research was led by Andres F. Clarens. “The results indicate that these conventional crops have lower environmental impacts than algae in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and water regardless of cultivation location,” the researchers state. The...

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