Powering cars with … seaweed?

Advancements in the automotive world in terms of environmentally conscious transportation alternatives have been tremendous as of late. With electric cars, Teslas, and non-pollutant fuel options becoming more readily available, it’s never been easier to alter your wheels to be more eco-friendly.

And, as it turns out, there may be another breakthrough fuel-oriented development that has the Earth’s needs in mind, thanks to researchers in Denmark. An article from The Good News Network explains that “Danish scientists recently announced they have used a seaweed fuel to power an automobile, achieving speeds of 50 mph (80 kph), using a biofuel created by a Dutch company,” called EU-funded MacroFuels.

Yes, you read that correctly. Seaweed is being used to power automobiles, and really, why shouldn’t it be? Annually, there are 25 million tons of seaweed that is harvested for human consumption and cosmetics, the article says, so why not spread widen its capabilities and apply it to an entirely new advancement?

Biofuels, as advantageous as they are, still require irrigation, land and fertilizer to be produced. Hence why Europe is now looking to “ocean-based sources of biofuel—namely algae and seaweed, which need nothing more than saltwater and sun to grow incredibly fast,” the article says.

Dr. van Hal, the scientific coordinator for MacroFuels, is looking to develop a complete industry around seaweed biofuels. His goal is to create an industry “that includes cultivation and production and testing—specifically for heavy machinery like trucks and ships with diesel engines,” the article explains.

And, in case this good news still has you wanting more, many other European firms are considering “increasing the proliferation of seaweed or algae biofuels for the EU energy sector” with “Norway, for instance … plotting a similar course, with a startup called Alginor planning the creation of a bio-refinery for seaweed and algae growing in the North Sea,” says the article.

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2 thoughts on “Powering cars with … seaweed?

  1. This is great. In the Caribbean seaweed is a growing problem due to global warming. It’s been an increasing issue so if it can be harvested for such a use, fabulous!

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