Producing Biofuel From Floating Algae Pods

September 18, 2012 by  
Filed under Design and Tech

This recent TED talk on “Energy from floating algae pods” by Jonathan Trent is an innovative energy system that could have potential in Singapore.

Jonathan Trent is from NASA’s nanotechnology department and is working on Project OMEGA (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) to produce biofuel by farming micro-algae in floating offshore pods.

The system feeds wastewater into the pods out at sea, and the algae fueled by the sun and carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, consume the waste and produce oils that can be converted to fuel.

One important point mentioned by Jonathan is the integration of the system with renewable energy (solar, wind and wave) and aquaculture below the pods, thus increasing the viability and economics of the system.

Watch the TED talk below:

What do you think? Is there a potential to use offshore floating pods for growing algae in Singapore?

Image: Screenshot of video

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