By Michael S. BarrettSeptember 16, 2018 5:20PM EDTERSA, Peru — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan to use some of the world’s most productive ocean waters to grow biofuels in a new research project, according to a statement from the agency.
The new project will be funded by the agency’s Biogas Program and will begin this fall, the agency said in a statement.
The Biofuels Program, funded by a $5.5 billion federal grant, aims to develop technologies to produce energy from seawater and other ocean resources.
The program has received more than $1 billion in grants to date, but it has been slow to ramp up production.
The project will seek to grow cellulose, a key ingredient of biofuel biofuel, and water algae, which are anaerobic plants that can produce oxygen.
Biofuel, the name for the fuel, is a renewable and low-cost source of energy that has gained in popularity since its introduction in the late 1990s.
Biofuels can be made from plants that have been domesticated to be able to digest more plant matter, such as soybeans and corn.
The use of seawater to make biofuessources is relatively new.
In 2010, for example, the European Union banned the use of marine biomass to produce biofuilable materials, because of the high environmental and health risks.