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CO2 Eating Algae Lamp

I love all these innovative ideas of using algae in all kind of applications. In this case, algae is used as street lamps, and I first heard about this concept from a TEDx talk by the French biochemist Pierre Calleja (which you can read more about here ).

“The biolamp is filled with liquid algae on the inside. It has a carbon capture tube positioned on top that sucks in carbon dioxide (Co2) and photosynthesis can occur. At a second tube, where the algae and carbon end their dance, oxygen created in the photosynthesis process is let out into the city air. Biomass is the end product that will be processed into biofuel.”

 

 

Biolamp City Light Helps Clean Pollution And Makes Biofuel

“Seriously smog is so serious in our lifetimes. Not only has it been officially listed as a carcinogen by the United Nations, but China is swimming in so much that theirs is migrating to the west coast of United States. Our time needs new ideas, like the air pollution filtering bicycle and photocatalytic cement. Ideas like this are starting to trend since we absolutely need to develop ways to clean up that air pollution mess.

Hungarian designer Peter Horvath thought up a way to actually capture smog with street lights that will turn it into biofuel. His algae street lamp is eco friendly on many levels, as it lights up the streets with energy efficient LED bulbs as well as eats air pollution to make a cleaner burning biofuel before it breathes out oxygen. Yeah, Mr. Harvoth really went all out with his eco-friendly approach.

The biolamp would ideally be attached to fuel lines that transport the biomass to a nearby fuel station where it is collected and delivered to biofuel cars.

Fuel derived from biofuel is said to burn 50% less emissions than ethanols derived from substance like corn. That’s not to say that they have no emissions. The algae street lamps will serve a double purpose by promoting cleaner vehicles and cleaning up after the fuel exhaust saturating in the city.

The biolamp is filled with liquid algae on the inside. It has a carbon capture tube positioned on top that sucks in carbon dioxide (Co2). The smog tube is a spiral shape which helps the algae absorb the Co2 better, and photosynthesis can occur. At a second tube, where the algae and carbon end their dance, oxygen created in the photosynthesis process is let out into the city air. Biomass is the end product that will be processed into biofuel.

The biolamps would routinely need filled up with liquid algae to keep the process going, so there is a new job.”

 

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Source:

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/03/07/microalgae-lamp-absorbs-150-200-times-more-co2-than-a-tree/

http://www.thevoltreport.com/biolamp-city-light-helps-clean-pollution-and-makes-biofuel/

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