Biodiesel from microalgae becomes a reality

A maroon car, powered by fuel obtained from photosynthetic microorganisms, was flagged off for a test run by Union minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Vilasrao Deshmukh in New Delhi on March 30. The event brings alternative fuels from microorganisms closer to reality. With fossil fuels set to get exhausted in the next few hundred years and the spectre of global warming looming over the planet, the world is increasingly looking at alternative energy options. Microalgae are photosynthetic microorganisms that are being touted as the next big sustainable source of clean energy. Microalgae are found in abundance in marine eco-systems and provide food for higher animal forms. For full text: