Algae are an excellent source of lipids for biodiesel production. They can grow under conditions that terrestrial plants cannot grow, in water, using CO2 and waste materials. Pairing the proper species of algae with appropriate growing conditions will increase the amount oil produced with the algae. Discussion on the economics of algae production will be included in another lesson, in order to compare it to other sources of biodiesel. For now, I will note that production under highly controlled conditions can be expensive.
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