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Algae Appeal in San Diego

Sapphire's Green Crude produced from algae

Sapphire's Green Crude produced from algae

Those inside the algae industry have known for some time that San Diego is a focus for research and commercialization efforts. Now the area’s algae cluster is big enough to get some attention from mainstream business media.

A Businessweek article from October 11, “Algae Are a Growing Part of San Diego’s Appeal,” goes into fantastic detail about what is making the city so attractive to scientists and entrepreneurs that are using algae as a sustainable solution to our food, fuel and water-use challenges. Among the interesting tidbits is a short breakdown of the economic impact of the algae industry in the region:

“Algal biofuels research generated $80.9 million in economic activity in the region last year and employed 466, up from 215 in 2009, according to a study (pdf) from the San Diego Association of Governments.”

So algae-related employment in San Diego doubled in just a couple of years. We can’t wait to check back in 2014.

Read the full article about what makes a good algae industry hub at Businessweek.

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