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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Oil-producing microalgae?

According the announcement made by Makoto Watanabe at Tsukuba University in Japan,
he and his co-workers have found revolutionary microalgae in the sea near Okinawa
The newly found microalgae produce oil more than 10 times faster than previously found
species like Botryococcus Braunii.

Bio ethanol from corn     0.2t/ha
Rapeseed                        1.2t/ha
Oil palm                          6.0t/ha
Botryococcus braunii       118t/ha
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Newly found microalgae   1180t-1416t/ha - are you serious Mr. Watanabe?

If we establish 20000 hectares of facility designed to cultivate the microalgae,
Japan's oil consumption will be perfectly covered, Mr. Watanabe said.

Kagoshima prefecture, one of the 47 prefectures in Japan, solely has as much as 24000 hectares of abandoned arable land. The more I learn about it the more it seems realistically practicable. This announcement sounds like an epoch-making one in the biofuel field despite my lack of knowledge.

Oil and other natural resources are supposed to belong to the country they are stored, then what about this seemingly lucrative microalgae? Do you think it should be treated in the same way as natural resources?
or would you claim it to be a common property of all countries?
I'm especially curious how oil-producing countries will react to this kind of news. Can it be anything but a threat to them? Can they stand on their own feet without the advantage of oil?