It was not going to work without a copious water supply. Those H’s have to come from somewhere when making hydrocarbons. An efficient algae that would grow in sea water would have been a major coup here. I don’t think it ever happened.
That seems to be common sense, yet there is an algae "farm" or whatever they call it, doing research not far from me...in the desert, where temperatures any day now will be over a hundred for the rest of the summer. Where water is from deep wells with rapid evaporation on the surface. Hubby and I have zero knowledge of the research or much knowledge of algae other than cleaning it out of livestock drinkers but it just seems odd that there would be an algae farm in the desert.