Meet the algae: diversity, biology and energy

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Fossil fuels are running out, which means we need to find new sources of energy! But what has this got to do with algae? Algae use the sun's energy for photosynthesis and growth. We can exploit this process, and use algae to produce electricity. But this is not all: algae can also make hydrocarbons - similar molecules to those found in fossil fuels - which can be used directly as a source of biofuel.

This resource is based on an exhibit which featured at the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2010.