TAG: Algae

Algae Threatens Manatees

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Despite being lovingly referred to as the “sea cow”, manatees are aquatic relatives of elephants. Like them, manatees are herbivores, subsisting primarily on marine and freshwater plants. One of the ways in which they contribute to the balance of their ecosystem is by cutting and spreading the seeds of sea-grasses to promote optimal growth, much like birds and squirrels cultivate plants through seed distribution on land. Along with vast portions of sea-grass, manatees eat seaweeds. Specifically,  algae – and lots of it. This is fine when ingesting the green, stringy algae commonly found on the surface of pond water. However,… read more

Algae Into Crude Oil In Less Than An Hour

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The great potential for algae to be used as an alternative fuel has long been realized and researched–the trick so far has been putting it into practice. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have discovered a way to “cook” and process algae into crude oil in less than an hour. Check it out: Since studies have shown that the entire planet will run out of crude oil sometime in the mid-21st century, alternative methods of creating crude oil are necessary, since the transition to electric vehicles won’t nearly be complete by that… read more

Energy from Algae

Algae Energy

An increasingly energy thirsty world craves transportation fuels, lucrative oils to run factories, and energy to supply the astounding amount of electronic devices that are proliferating. There is a great need for a new sustainable energy resource.  Algae can contain high levels of oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins, and can be used to produce renewable fuel, animal feed, and human food. Algae is used to run electricity to homes in Arizona and shows great possibility for a future in biodiesel. Heterotrophic microalgae are grown in large fermenters using sugar or starch, similar to the corn ethanol fermentation already providing almost 10… read more

Harnessing Waste to Generate Renewables

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Despite the widespread notion that we have inadequate means to support our energy consumption, the US actually has enough from wind, solar, and tidal & wave to produce a total of approximately 6,987 terawatts of power per year. That’s far beyond the 3.9 terawatts the country currently uses. However, much of this prospective energy goes unharvested. Still, we are coming closer to attaining free energy, and the move to renewable energy has opened up a lot of room for experimentation and discovery. Beyond utilizing sources that harbor seemingly infinite promise, we are finding ways to deplete existing waste by converting… read more

C02 – Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

C02 - Glowing, Glowing Gone With Algae Lamps

An interest in renewable energy is often the inspiration behind clever, and sometimes unusual, ideas that try to harness resourceful venues for their potential benefits. Examples of innovative attempts to turn everyday products into designs with naturally free power can be found in the following 2 lamp models. A parking area in Bordeaux, France is housing a prototype of an interesting streetlight concept. Biochemist Pierre Calleja has developed an edition of a street lamp that contains microalgae and a battery. The luminous green algae charge up the battery by way of photosynthesis, soaking up the sunlight during the daytime and eerily glowing in the… read more

Artists Envision Human-Algae Symbiosis

Artists Envision Human-Algae Symbiosis

In the future, humans may be able to enter into a personal symbiotic relationship with algae by using “new bodily organs” that can host living algae systems. Our booming population and dwindling water and soil resources may cause us to explore extremely different approaches to food, and the design duo of Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton proposes that one answer may lie in the construction of new organs for the body, perhaps containing a culture of algae that we both feed and eat. “Algaculture designs a new symbiotic relationship between humans and algae. It proposes a future where humans will… read more

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphate Free Products

Phosphates have been a major ingredient in cleaning items for some time, and their use has been scrutinized and forbidden in some cleaners. It comes from many sources, like runoff from rain, agricultural and water system industries and from using cleansers that contain phosphates, and all of this adds to the accumulation in water supplies. Phosphates have been used in many cleaners like dishwashing and laundry detergents. They reportedly can make soaps work better by assisting in dirt and grease removal, helping to prevent spots and keeping dirt particles from attaching to surfaces. Though they are helpful for cleaning, in… read more

Australia to Build First CO2 Capture Plant for Algae Biofuel

Australia to Build First CO2 Capture Plant for Algae Biofuel

In what’s considered to be the world’s first on-site carbon emissions capture program at a coal-fired power plant, a facility built by Algae.tec will turn some of the plant’s waste carbon dioxide emissions into an enclosed algae growth system for producing biofuel. The power company, Macquarie Generation, is one of the largest in the world and now could be one of the most forward-thinking, thanks to an agreement with Algae.tec that will allow an on-site algae facility next to the 2640MW Bayswater power station. Algae.tec will use the CO2 emitted from the power station to feed its algae systems, which… read more

The Unique Sounding Seaweed and Silk Dress

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The Masai dress from Studio 5050 is more than a pretty dress. It is also an unexpected poetic symphony. Inspired by a collar that makes slight swinging sounds when worn due to its silver beaded design, this dress applies the same structure and vocal principles. The designer stated that the dress was an “a-ha! moment” that struck while wearing the collar and doing a little cleaning up in the studio. Though most of us may not get that inspired during cleaning time and would have only been entertained by the sound the collar made, probably also appreciating the feel and… read more

US Could Produce 1/12 of its Fuel from Algae

Are Algae Powered Vehicles a Possibility?

An analysis of the land and water resources in the United States found that the country could likely grow enough algae every year to provide about 1/12 of its yearly fuel needs. According to the study, which looked at the water resources necessary to grow algae on a large scale, up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel could be produced each year, and didn’t see water issues as a “deal breaker” in algae biofuels. The most promising locations for producing algae for fuel are hot and humid, with low evaporation rates and easy access to water, and the best… read more