3 September 2012

Two-year NASA project finds that sea-based, floating algae bioreactors “may be a feasible pathway to sustainable biofuels.”

NASA and the California Energy Commission supported the 2-year feasibility study, using offshore membrane enclosures for growing algae (OMEGA)

In California, the heads of a two-year NASA project aimed at cultivating microalgae from wastewater, using floating photobioreactors have reported that “algal productivity in prototype floating photobioreactors using secondary wastewater effluent ranged from 4 to nearly 30 g biomass m2 per day,” while noting lipid levels of 5 to 30 percent and concluded that “Additional studies are required, but it appears that an integrated OMEGA system may be a feasible pathway to sustainable biofuels.”

NASA and the California Energy Commission supported the 2-year feasibility study, at the California Department of Fish and Game, the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant San Francisco, and Moss Landing Harbor.

… Full Text: www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2012/09/03/two-year-nasa-project-finds-that-sea-based-floating-algae-bioreactors-may-be-a-feasible-pathway-to-sustainable-biofuels/

Tags: wastewater nutrient, microalgae, ponds, closed photobioreactor systems, biofuel

Source: BiofuelsDigest, 2012-09-03.

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