FUELING JET AIRCRAFT WITH MICROALGAE
Growing biofuel without farmlands
Euglena, a type of algae, is a rare microorganism that combines the characteristics of plants and animals. Consequently, it grows by photosynthesis yet produces fat in its body that is suited to the production of jet fuel. In Japan, where researchers were the first in the world to succeed in large-scale cultivation of euglena, research is underway to use oil extracted from the microorganism as a biofuel, with the goal of using it to power aircraft in the future. As the need for energy that does not adversely impact the environment grows, expectations are high for the multifaceted potential of biofuel made from euglena that has been made possible by researchers in Japan, a nation that lacks energy resources.
As global warming increases, so too does the demand for environmentally-friendly energy.
Euglena, a type of microalga, has been gaining considerable attention as a potential planet-saving energy source.
However, worldwide research into mass cultivation of euglena and utilization of it as a source for biofuel were unsuccessful until recently.
Euglena biofuel is already being used to power a diesel engine vehicle. The next goal is to fly a jet aircraft.
This video was created in collaboration with euglena Co., Ltd.