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Making biofuel from algae is not a new technology (getting it to work in commercial-scale plants at reasonable costs, that's another story), but it's also not one that is fully developed. Japan, for example, started a national algae biofuel project in the 1990s, but $10 barrels of oil killed that pretty quick. Now, Toyota has announced it will work with Hitachi and 40 other Japanese companies on a new national algae project. This one will try to make algae-basd biofuels, cosmetics and food. So,

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The DOE is getting ready to spend $85 billion on research to create biofuels made from algae and other advanced techniques. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will be made available "for the development of algae-based biofuels and advanced, infrastructure-compatible biofuels" that can be brought "to market in an accelerated timeframe."

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