LABORATORY SERIES. No.17. Lunchbox Laboratory by Futurefarmers + the Biological Sciences Team, National Renewable Energy Lab. Algae is considered a viable form renewable energy with the potential to produce biodiesel. However, the very abundance of it makes it tedious to determine which strains are most productive. Lunchbox Laboratory is a prototype for a research tool that would be distributed to schools to allow young scientists the chance to initially screen a collection of algae strains. Only the most productive strains would reach official labs. Photo Courtesy of Futurefarmers.