Barriers to Accessibility of Algal Biofuels


  • Bridget Price Oregon State University
  • Anthony Ayala-Martinez University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
  • Nick Havill Davidson College
  • Marissa Zintel Lawrence University
  • Armando Flores California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Elizabeth Balzani Binghamton University
  • Sarina Kopf Grinnell College
  • Jacob Oyler Missouri Western State University
  • Tiffany Do University of Utah


Algal biofuel is a promising alternative to traditional fuel and electricity sources, but its development lacks both deep technological research and discussions of accessibility and implementation. This review seeks to partially address the lack of complementary work by providing an in-depth analysis of a variety of factors relating to the accessibility of algal biofuel. Technological advances must be coupled with critical thinking about how the cost and environmental impact of those advances can be lowered. The current status of biofuel infrastructure must be taken into consideration when developing new production systems for algal biofuel. The demographics and relative knowledge of potential consumers will impact the adoption process of algae systems. Only by matching the speed of innovation with the confines of reality will we be able to develop a sustainable and functional energy grid. This review serves as a companion piece to algal biofuel research with the goal of synthesizing relevant, contemporary considerations about how to expand algal biofuel to a modern society.






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