Enterprise created the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur with a $25 million gift in 2007 from the company's founding family, the Taylors of St. Louis. Scientist Richard Sayre is leading the algae research at the Danforth Center.Wikipedia (take it with a grain of salt) has a very in-depth entry on algae biofuel. The highlight:
Among algal fuels' attractive characteristics: they do not affect fresh water resources, can be produced using ocean and wastewater, and are biodegradable and relatively harmless to the environment if spilled. Algae cost more per unit mass yet can yield over 30 times more energy per unit area than other, second-generation biofuel crops. One biofuels company has claimed that algae can produce more oil in an area the size of a two car garage than a football field of soybeans, because almost the entire algal organism can use sunlight to produce lipids, or oil.The only bad news is that it appears St. Louis will not be immediately included in Enterprise's eco-friendly change. Boston, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Raleigh/Durham, San Diego and San Antonio will be the vanguard.
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