The technology is environmentally friendly.
Researchers at the Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI have suggested an environmentally friendly method of generating electric power using algae, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg Committee for science and higher education told Saint-Petersburg TV Channel.
Specialists believe that blue-green algae, which are some of the most ancient organisms on earth, could be used in biofuel elements. They insist that looking for renewable energy sources is one of the most important problems the humankind is facing nowadays.
According to Anna Pudova, an engineer with LETI, blue-green algae are the only prokaryotes capable of using sunlight as a source of energy and water as a source of hydrogen.
The researchers believe the results of their studies allow of developing alternative environmentally friendly energy sources based on renewable resources. In addition to generating electric energy, cyanobacteria are capable of producing oxygen and utilizing carbon dioxide.