How algae can help North Korea with sanctions

which’s where algae can help.

When processed, algae boasts high protein content, creating which an excellent food supplement as well as fertilizer, 38 North said. The photosynthetic organisms, sometimes referred to as green gold, are often used to combat malnutrition in developing countries as well as also marketed as superfoods.

“The same algae can also contain approximately 20 percent lipids, which can be processed into biofuels,” the note continued.

Using data via nine North Korean facilities, the note estimated which 2,851 tons of algae biomass could be produced each year. which contains approximately 1,425.5 tons of nutritional mass as well as could be converted to the equivalent of 4,075.6 barrels of oil.

“If there were just 100 times more acreage in production as well as being utilized, the oil yield could be 6.5 percent of North Korea’s 2014 estimated requirements for their entire economy,” the note said.

“Given the potential for algae-based oil production, a more thorough investigation is usually warranted of whether these facilities could from the future fulfill a national security requirement.”

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