Algae biodiesel byproduct utilization for economic feasibility
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Algae derived biodiesel could allow the United States to produce energy domestically and sustainably while utilizing the liquid fuel distribution infrastructure we already have in place. Consistent fluctuations in crude oil prices and the need for an environmentally sound fuel source make biodiesel an attractive alternative to crude oil. The cost of producing biodiesel from algae is the major hurdle preventing it from being used on a large scale. The goal of this project is to investigate if algae based biodiesel can be economically competitive when valuable algae byproducts are harvested in addition to fuel.