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Novel biofilm reactor accelerating algae growth could advance biofuels [Registered]

Researchers from Washington State University have developed a novel biofilm reactor that recycles gasses and uses less water and lower light than typical reactors. The new reactor grows algae more efficiently – in days instead of weeks – and makes the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. Even though algae are often associated with environmentally disastrous blooms in the wild, it has potential environmental benefits if cultivated on an industrial scale. Oil from the algae could be used as an alternative to petroleum, and algae can also be used as food, feed, fibre, fertilizer, pigments and pharmaceuticals. Growing…

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