Slime you can believe in. Now who can argue with that?
Exxon is investing millions in developing algae strains that serve two functions:
- suck up CO2
- excrete oil
On Tuesday, Exxon plans to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation fuels from algae — organisms in water that range from pond scum to seaweed. The biofuel effort involves a partnership with Synthetic Genomics, a biotechnology company founded by the genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter.
The agreement could plug a major gap in the strategy of Exxon, the world’s largest and richest publicly traded oil company, which has been criticized by environmental groups for dismissing concerns about global warming in the past and its reluctance to develop renewable fuels.
Now why am I posting this? Well, first because the title popped in my head when I read the press release, (note: Exxon is the investor), but more importantly, this is actually one of the most ideal innovations in alternative fuels I've seen in a long time. Algae serves multiple purposes. It's yield is very high, it uses existing CO2, it can be made to produce oil as a continuous system and it also grows in wetlands and helps to additionally clean the environment.
It appears the real issue is the scale of production.
At minimum if algae as a mass biofuel doesn't work, let's just pour it over a few D.C. corporate lobbyists to recycle.