Thursday, January 8, 2015

Algae + wastewater=a greener planet?

Listen to the podcast or read the new free article from Inform magazine " Flush to Fuel"....

Did you know that the waste you flush can be converted into fuel?

  •     It sounds like the ideal scenario. Municipal wastewater—a rich concoction containing nitrogen and phosphorous—is fed to algae, which grow while simultaneously converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, treating the water, and creating biomass that can be harvested and converted to biofuel and other useful products.
  •     Seem too good to be true? Some experts think so, while others continue to hold out hope that this approach will help keep wastewater from wreaking havoc on the environment while reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
  •     There may be a long road ahead for algal biofuels, but coupling algae growth with wastewater treatment could help pave the way. This feature presents examples of how researchers in both academic and industry settings are taking the lead in these efforts.

Listen to the podcast

Read Flush to Fuel

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