Where will the next generation of motor fuels come from? It could be as close as your fish tank - or a nearby pond. In "Algae to Fuel," Chief Correspondent Tyler Suiters heads to a place where tourists focus on America's past, and students look to the future.
In Colonial Williamsburg, students at the College of William & Mary are harvesting algae, or pond scum, for conversion into fuel. Algae be may unsightly in home aquariums, but in the wild, they're actually quite efficient at removing nutrients that pollute the water and metabolizing them as as oil.
Tyler talks to William & Mary students, professors and a government official to learn how the program got started and where it's headed. The project has gotten attention not only from the U.S. Department of Energy, but from Norwegian energy firm Statoil. Those funding streams have helped the project take off. Now researchers are trying to determine how to develop it on a scale that could put a dent in America's petroleum use.
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