Select breeding of algae could replace fossil fuels: Simon Takouridis

[Australia] Global demand for oil could be satisfied by introducing algae farms across an area equivalent to the size of South Australia, according to University of Melbourne PhD student Simon Takouridis.

Mr Takouridis is set to speak about the promise of algal biofuels and how they can be farmed for energy at All-Energy 2015, taking place on 7 and 8 October at the Melbourne Convention and exhibition Centre.

 

He said an issue stopping algal biofuels from proliferating is how little is known about these particular wild organisms.

“Using a novel method of selective breeding, I was the first to demonstrate the efficacy of this approach by developing the ability for a freshwater dwelling organism to grow in seawater.

“My approach was to start with a species of algae that has a very high potential for domestication through biological improvement to conserve precious freshwater and reduce pond contamination.”

Mr Takouridis said his successful application of algal biofuels has resulted in low-cost algal farming with future prospects for economic production of biofuels.

“The generation of commercial interest is a challenging project in its own right, and I would encourage researchers and innovators to treat it as a parallel project early in their endeavours.”

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