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An MIT professor is pushing algae as a primary method of cleaning pollution, fueling cars and making money

This piqued everyone at the office today -- an MIT rocket scientist is pushing to use algae to clean up power plant exhaust.  His technology involves using tubular stacks of algae attached to the existing exhaust on a powerplant.  The algae absorb much of the nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide, while the algae is then harvested daily.  The nutrient rich algae can then be processed into ethanol and biodesiel. 

Algae's existing feature is that existing facilities can be retrofitted relatively easily, and the algae can be used to make a profit offsetting the cost of retrofitting.  The article quotes that algae can produce over 90 million gallons of fuel per year from a 1,000 MW power plant. 




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