This Algae Bioreactor Captures More CO2 Than An Acre Of Trees
The most effective answer to climate change could be 1.5 billion years old. Surprise: It’s not trees, It’s algae.
AI-focused startup Hypergiant Industries seeks to cultivate the potential of algae via their Eos Bioreactor (Shown in the photo). The company claims that each bioreactor is designed to extract as much carbon as “an entire acre of trees.”
What Is Algae?
Algae is a plant that grows in fresh and saltwater. It captures and transforms carbon at a rate substantially higher than trees, while needing far less space.
Why Use Algae?
One of the strongest cases for deploying algae in the fight against global warming is that it not only takes carbon out of the air but it also is the most efficient at storing carbon dioxide and can be easily used in a variety of other sustainable and commercial products or materials — from tennis shoes to steel alternatives to veggie burgers.
How Does It Work?
Example applications of Hypergiants EOS bioreactor prototype include being tapped into the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning in office buildings.
It uses the building exhaust to determine CO2 density, and it thrives in the carbon-rich dirty air that comes from exhaust pipes.
As the bioreactor harvests algae, it releases it out of the system into compacted algae-based pucks (the size of a hockey puck) that can be used for a variety of use cases including food production, biochar, biofuel, etc.
“There exists an interesting opportunity to change the way we live in cities. This is about changing the way we consume food, products, and fuel.” ~ Ben Lamm (Hypergiant CEO)