Research into the potential of algae-based fuel is getting a $5 million boost from the U.S. Department of Energy.
New Mexico State University recently announced the funding, saying it will go to a research effort aimed at improving fuel that's compatible with existing refineries.
NMSU is working on the project along with Los Alamos, Argonne and Pacific Northwest national laboratories, Washington State and Michigan State universities and four companies.
Key goals of the project are to improve the yields and stability of algal biomass and cultivation systems while also improving oil content at harvest.
NMSU officials say the award follows other federal funding announcements for the university's algal bioenergy team, including money for the algal cultivation test bed at the Fabian Garcia Science Center.
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