Algae fuel in Nebraska on NET

I recently found a nice piece put together by NET about algae as a fuel source, featuring local research and commercial efforts right in Nebraska.

Quest Nebraska: Algae for Fuel
NET: Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 16:53
Finding new forms of energy using algae for fuel.

The same clip seems to have been featured in a more recent episode of QUEST Nebraska.

QUEST Nebraska
NET: Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations
Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 15:30
This episode includes stories about hidden waters of the Sandhills, a methane digester that converts hog waste into electricity, how UNL helps researchers in California and New Mexico turn algae into fuel, and attempts to save endangered Tiger Beetles.

You can also find the clip on YouTube, posted by NETnebraska

Algae for Fuel - a QUEST Nebraska Feature
With growing pressure on the word's gas supply, University of Nebraska biologist George Oyler is working with researchers in California and New Mexico on a fuel alternative -- algae for fuel. Microscopic algae is grown in labs, then cultivated like a farm crop in ponds in New Mexico to turn the oil within aquatic algae into "green crude" -- which can be refined just like crude oil...into gas for cars, trucks, and planes. For more information, visit

Disclosure: The author of this post, Dr. Scott Williams, is involved in collaborative research efforts with a research group at UNL including Dr. George Oyler, featured in this clip, as well as Synaptic Research, a start-up ventured near Baltimore, MD, headed by Dr. Oyler.