looks to algae as biofuel
Ford scientists are working to understand
the suitability of renewable sources as potential automotive
This effort is an integral part of Ford’s desire to better understand
the use of biomass to produce future biofuels as part of an overall
strategy to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and
address climate change.
Research received an added boost when the House of Representatives
introduced a bill (HR 5142) – known as the Green Jobs Act of
2010 – to encourage investment tax credits for algae-based biorefineries.
This year, Ford researchers visited Wayne State University’s
National Biofuels Energy Laboratory, which is actively analyzing
suitable algae strains that could be used as a feedstock for
biodiesel. At Ford, algae is one of the possible future biofuels
researchers are watching.