algae http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/algaepalooza-2011-calls-citizen-scientists <p>Algae, that very same stuff that turns aquarium walls and backyard fences green, are also a potent source of energy, and hold significant potential as a clean, renewable fuel source.&nbsp; Algae were first investigated as a source of energy back in the 1970&rsquo;s when high gas prices prompted an interest in alternative energies and the US Department of Energy created the <a href="http://www.nrel.gov/docs/legosti/fy98/24190.pdf">Aquatic Species Program.&nbsp;</a> That program was discontinued in 1996, but as oil costs have continued to rise and energy independence has reemerged as a national priority, researchers around the world, <a href="http://www.danforthcenter.org/cabs/">and many right here in St. Loui</a>s, are again focused on the potential of algal biofuels.</p><p> Thu, 05 May 2011 20:30:40 +0000 Libby Franklin 1183 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists