Collaborative Algae Research in Colorado May Yield Creative Energy Solutions

A student conducts research on algae at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Photo by Ethan Green. While renewable energy is typically thought of as a product of sun or wind, researchers at Colorado State University say byproducts of plant life may yet yield one of the more important sources of fuel over the next century. The researchers are developing new methods to derive energy from algae and other plant life. Known as biofuels, the energy products not only offer an opportunity to power vehicles, they also can generate the polymers and chemical compounds necessary to create plastics and other petroleum-based products inherent in daily life.