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An answer to the oil crisis?

Single-cell organisms living in oceans and ponds could provide a fresh new source of energy

By Philip Hunter   July 2010

Ocean bound: could harnessing the energy produced by algae cure the world of its oil dependency?

The environmental disaster caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has underscored our urgent need for alternative energy sources. But existing ones—like wind, wave and solar—all have their drawbacks, while nuclear fusion remains stillborn despite its long-term promise of almost unlimited power. For a while there was hope that converting biomass from crops such as corn and sugarbeet would make a serious dent in fossil fuel consumption, but this is likely to remain a marginal solution since it would take too much land…

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