Marine Biotechnology securing alternative sources of renewable Energy

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Microalgal strains with potential for biofuels. [1]

The ocean is an untapped, potentially sustainable source of bioenergy. There are many examples of the production of bio-energy from marine organisms, but the production of biofuel from microalgae presents perhaps the most promising option to harvest this huge energy potential. The theoretical production of oil from microalgae is considerably higher than that of terrestrial crops but, to achieve viability, the cost of production will need to be significantly reduced and the scale of production increased, while maintaining environmental sustainability. To cultivate microalgae for the generation of bio-energy is an important challenge for Marine Biotechnology in the 21st century.

Case studies showing examples of progress

  • Microalgal strains with potential for biofuels