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News Release 09-067

National Science Board Recommends Comprehensive, Coordinated Federal Strategy to Transform U.S. Energy Economy

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Photo of cultured microalgae in deserts, which produce lipids for conversion to biodiesel fuel.

Microalgae are organisms from which a diesel-like fuel can be derived. Cultured in the American Southwestern deserts, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory-developed microalgae may one day produce large amounts of lipids for conversion to biodiesel fuel. This is one promising source of sustainable energy.

Credit: Paul Roessler

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Photo of a geothermally heated greenhouse.

The Milgro Nurseries greenhouse near New Castle, Utah, is one of the approximately 40 greenhouses nationwide that benefit from the direct use of geothermal energy. The Newcastle geothermal resource is located at the southeastern margin of the Escalate Valley, in the transition zone between the Basin and Range and Colorado Plateau physiographic provinces. Geothermal heat is another promising source of sustainable energy under development.

Credit: Robert Blackett, Utah Geological Survey


Photo of the Woodland Generation Station, which uses wood waste as a fuel.

The ever-increasing demand for electrical power leads public utilities to find new, innovative, and more efficient ways to generate energy as found at the Woodland Generation Station at Woodland, CA, where woody residue is used as a fuel. Some of the types of woody residue are almond hulls, walnut hulls, peach pits, plum pits and olive pits. The conveyor belt, shown here, conveys the woody residue up to the gasifier.

Credit: Warren Gretz