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Growing fuel...

Honestly it hasn't been super pragmatic in the past but check this article out!

For those of you who don't want to go read the article here's a quote:

"...deliver approximately 33,000 gallons of algae oil per acre per year. As a comparative, food crop such as soy bean will typically produce some 48 gallons oil per acre per year and palm will produce approximately 630 gallons oil per acre per year. In addition, the Vertigro Bio Reactor System is a closed loop continuous production system that uses little water and may be built on non arable lands."

Thanks to julzerator for pointing this out.

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Wow! Thanks for posting this.
Well, they just finished developing the first ever recycleable fuel cell as well. It can be charged via sunlight and a full charge lasts as long as 5 days. Granted it didn't mention how much power it drew during that time. However, fuel cells will be the way to go, why bother with crops?

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/exploration/mmb/lunar_fuel_cell.html
Very cool. Alas, the link went down years ago, but there was an article out there about a process that gets oil out of damn near any organic matter by essentially pressure-cooking it. The first installation was going to be at a Turkey processing plant where all the unused bits would go through it.

I think I've also seen a variation on the system as a way of treating waste gases from a power plant as well.

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algae cultivation pilot project is very cool, but a little misleading; they're testing it with a common algae, but it's not actually a variety that you can extract oil from. They're still doing research to find a good species for that. So the 50% oil figure they use may be overly optimistic. But one can hope.

The plant to process organics into oil was built; follow up to the original article in Discover magazine is here: http://discovermagazine.com/2006/apr/anything-oil
the company doing it is http://www.changingworldtech.com/

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That rocks! Thanks.