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Algaculture Policy in Arizona

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The essentials

  • Algaculture is the farming of algae to convert into biofuel or food products.
  • Algae are microscopic plants that use the natural photosynthesis process to create biomass, from which oil can be extracted.
  • AZ recently passed 2 algaculture laws that support the potential growth and advancement of the algaculture biofuel industry in the state.
  • As of July 2012, Congress is considering a provision in the 2013 U.S. defense budget that would prohibit the military from buying and using biofuels if costs are greater than costs for fossil fuels. This provision could hinder growth of the biofuel industry in AZ.