Seaweed and Algae

The Microscopic World of Algae

Let's have a look at the microscopic world of Desmids: the symmetrical algae that's full of crystals.

Algae and seaweed are seen as high potential feedstock for bioplastics. Let’s have a look under the microscope.

Algae as a source of Energy

A senior executive of an American oil company told me the following last week:

Oil companies have been looking at algae as a source of energy to replace oil …. for the last 20 years.

  • Arkema, Neste and Covestro, Braskem, US Survey and BASF

  • Agilix, Amazon Climate Fund, McDonald’s Biofuel, e-Nable, Huhtamaki Startups, African Parks, Siberia

  • Chemical Recycling Commitments & Incentives, Deep Sea Plastic, Greece SUP Ban, NY Composting

We came to the following conclusion: if you want to replace oil with algae as a source of energy, you have to cover all the oceans with algae. It’s not going to happen anytime soon.

 

Do you think he’s right or is it some kind of “oil baron” BS? Do you think it will always be like this?

 

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