UK to Use Seaweed as Low Emission Fuel
A new project is underway in Britain that will use seaweed and other marine plant algae as a source for low emission fuel for automobiles. The Marine Scientists from Scotland are using these "Mari-fuels" in hopes that it will replace other forms of fuel that are more damaging to the environment. The £5 million study has been funded by the European Union is looking to exploit the abundant source of marine plant life along the coastal sections of the British Coastline.
The study holds great importance for Britain as it could help it achieve the emissions targets set by the EU. British government would be keening waiting for the outcome of the study as it sees fuels from plants an instrument to reduce or at least neutralize its carbon emissions. Britain wants 2.5 percent of all petrol and diesel to be produced from renewable sources like plants.
The biggest advantage of exploiting biofuels from marine plant algae is that it’s a completely natural process which requires almost no anthropogenic activity. They grow at a much greater rate as compared to the food crops, no environment degrading fertilizers are required and no deforestation. The seaweeds derive energy from ammonia produced as waste from farms of salmon fish. So it’s actually fuel from waste.