05 Aug '11, 11am
Operation “Green Stick” Propels Low-Cost Algae Biofuel to the Big Time: Filed under: Energy News
OriginOil has already figured out how to grow algae with less space by using lenses to divert solar energy deeper into algae ponds, and they figured out an efficient way to “crack” the algae and separate the oil by gravity. Operation Green Stick is a way to simplify a commercial scale algae biofuel operation that combines algae production with the extraction process. It monitors the biology of the process (the algae growth) with the engineering side (dewatering and extraction) in seamless real time. The system is a twofer: it makes the whole process more efficient, and it also reduces the risk of contamination, which would require an expensive remediation operation.