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NASA investigates growing algae as biofuel

Posted on Thursday, 21 May, 2009 | Comment icon 8 comments

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NASA are investigating the possibility of farming algae as a cheap and clean way to produce an alternative to foreign oil. The algae would be grown at sea, easy to grow, would remove carbon from the atmosphere and would purify its waste water.

"Take some NASA-developed plastic membranes, add algae and municipal waste water and float it out to sea."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by magickaldan on 21 May, 2009, 12:08
Great Idea, If Membrane Breaks algae dies, and the waste water gets released just like it was before. They already stated waste water gets dumped in the ocean anyways. There problem will be having to go far out to ocean because who wants a algae farm right next to the beach right? And if a storm comes through you will lose all the algae, so some kind of containment in case of storm is needed. such as pumping it into a storage tank under the ocean in the event of a storm would solve that. Just my 2cents
Comment icon #2 Posted by _Libby on 21 May, 2009, 15:25
It does sound like a great FF alternative in theory...But it also sounds like it could have more than a couple of glitches. So now there's gonna be hype about algae? Hell, I've got me some out the back! XD
Comment icon #3 Posted by lordstanley on 21 May, 2009, 16:11
they should of been doing that already, and growing hemp!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Bear's Quest on 21 May, 2009, 16:53
Good! They can clean out the gutters where I used to live at, you'll find plenty there.
Comment icon #5 Posted by foxyoma on 21 May, 2009, 18:53
I was with you until you said "Take some NASA-developed plastic membranes" and add this to the Algae, wait a minute for one I use plankton in my diet and I worry about the plastic membranes getting into the regular food source for fish, whales etc. not to mention what is harvested for humans. How well would this contaminate be contained? Have we not yet learned "DO NOT MESS WITH MOTHER NATURE?"
Comment icon #6 Posted by _Libby on 21 May, 2009, 19:25
Put simply: no.
Comment icon #7 Posted by rassy on 22 May, 2009, 4:12
How do they propose to contain that kind of growth? That stuff is mad for spreading. People who have fish tanks know what I mean, I'm sure.

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