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New Mexico’s dream is local, renewable biofuels at a competitive price.

Potential for Biofuels in New Mexico

New Mexico’s dream is local, renewable biofuels at a competitive price.

Biofuels are made from “biomass” which, in turn, comes from organic material produced by living microbes, plants, and animals.

To reduce climate change, biofuels should produce zero net carbon dioxide equivalent during their life cycle — from growth to fuel use. Biofuels include fuels from crops like sorghum, milo and corn; “crops” like oil-rich algae; wood wastes from thinning forests or pecan orchards; cow manure; sewage biosolids, and landfill gas. 

Our dream is this:

New Mexico becomes the US leader in algal-based biodiesel for trucks, engines, and some aircraft, especially algae grown in brackish waters. Algal bioreactors can produce 7,000 gallons of biodiesel per acre (much more than other biofuels) and some labs claim yields of 18,000. The bioreactors have been attached to flue gas pipes from coal-fired power plants and to carbon dioxide mines.