I have heard about biodiesel being made from "pond scum" or algae. Has anything matured on this technology yet?
Check out the Algae page for some articles and papers on this topic. Basically, projects to develop biodiesel from algae have been going on for at least the last 10 or 15 years. In theory, farmed algae could produce huge quantities of biodiesel but the technology to produce and harvest the algae at the quantities required are not fully developed. That said, there are several companies in the US and elsewhere that are trying to commercialize the technology. One company in New Zealand is making biodiesel from wild algae, harvested from municipal waste. So there is no problem making biodiesel from algae, just making enough algae for biodiesel. --Dgilman 23:19, 1 March 2007 (CET)
Biofuel or Bioenergy?
Is the Wiki primarily about Biofuel for replacing petrol and diesel for transport or is it more general, including bioenergy, for electricity generation and heating?
- While bioethanol and biodiesel are the main types of bioenergy in use, we are also interested in covering the usage of biomass (which can be used for electricity generation, as you say) and related materials and by-products such as biochar.
- One virtue of a wiki is that it is easy to add new topics whenever they are linked to existing content.
- Thanks for your interest and I hope that answered your question. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions, ideas or feedback. --Admin 21:07, 7 August 2009 (CEST)