At SD-CAB, we see algae as the world’s most promising source of renewable, alternative biofuel. Here’s why:
Algae are fast growing organisms that turn sunlight into chemical energy. Microalgae, including single-celled algae and cyanobacteria, grow quickly, need relatively low-nutrient inputs, and get their energy from sunlight.
Algae can thrive in saltwater and even wastewater, so large-scale algae production need not further tax our already over-subscribed fresh water resources.
Algae farms can use land that’s otherwise unsuitable for conventional agriculture. This means algae growth won’t compete with food production, unlike traditional biofuel row crops, such as corn or soybeans. Compared to crops used to produce vegetable oil, algae can generate up to 50 times the amount of oil per acre.
Algae take carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air while growing, making carbon sequestration a beneficial by-product of large-scale algae production.
SD-CAB selected the San Diego-Imperial Valley region for algae production and research. This area boasts a strong array of scientific, geographic, and environmental resources suited for the research and development of advanced biofuels from algae. Combined with an abundance of sunshine, thousands of acres of desert land perfect for algae-growing ponds, and a world-class biotech and engineering sector, the San Diego-Imperial Valley region can provide green-collar jobs that will boost the economy of our state and nation.
SD-CAB scientists plan to make sustainable algae-based fuel production and carbon dioxide abatement a reality within 5-10 years. Our goal is creating a facility to provide a national and global model for the commercialization of algae fuel.