Researchers at the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), the ESRF, INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and the Universities of Aix-Marseille, Grenoble Alps and Paris-Sud have discovered an enzyme in Chlorella which allows it to convert some of its constituent fatty acids into hydrocarbons using light energy only.
A photoenzyme allows microalgae to produce hydrocarbons