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University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science Researches Marine Algae as Alternative Fuel Source
Date:1/9/2013

Hattiesburg, MS (PRWEB) January 09, 2013

Researchers at The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Marine Science are participating in an international study aimed at turning marine micro-algae into fuel. The research project is being conducted in response to a global push aimed at finding reliable alternative fuel sources.

Under the direction of Dr. Donald Redalje, the University’s Marine Science lab at Stennis Space Center is studying algae grown from Mississippi coastal waters. While biofuel blends have already found their way to naval war ships and test flights on commercial airliners, Redalje and his team are looking for ways to streamline the process so that it can be packaged and sold.

“All the oil we are pumping out of the ground, what was it? Most people think dinosaurs. No. It was all marine micro algae,” said Redalje, who is trying to recreate an ancient process that until now took millions of years complete. “We know this works, the trick is how do we produce enough of it, cheaply enough to be a marketable product?”

Southern Miss doctoral student Tommy Pittman has plans to start a biofuel company and believes Redalje has developed a strain of algae that will do just that.

“Technology is developing as we speak,” said Pittman. “Here Dr. Redalje has the greatest strain in the world. I’ve been doing a lot of analysis on it. We know that this stain can go to the next level.”

The Department of Marine Science has been working in conjunction with Duke University, the University of Hawaii, and others research teams at universities across the world. While Redalje says the technology is not quite there
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