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Seaweed to Fuel

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Scott Lindell at the Vineyard Haven Library

In the future, our homes and vehicles could be powered by fuel made from seaweed grown at large-scale offshore farms. Currently in the U.S., macroaglage (seaweed) is primarily used in food and food processing for humans and animals, and a majority are from imported farmed product or wild harvests. Seaweed farming avoids the increasing competition for fertile land, energy-intensive fertilizers, and freshwater resources associated with traditional agriculture. Learn how Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists and engineers are addressing the global issues of food and energy demand with innovative solutions.