algae into electricity

14 Apr

This morning while bored on the internet i found this cool and innovative idea, which im surprised that it hasnt been developed before. The city of Venice has plans to use algae instead of fossil fuels, producing 50% of the city’s electricity

The water-filled city is turning what has become a nuisance into a renewable energy resource. The city will be producing electricity from two types of algae that are brought in clinging to ships and regularly grow over the seaport. The algae will be cultivated and treated in laboratories to turn it into fuel. The fuel will then be used to power turbines in a new 40 MW power plant in the center of the city.

In order to make the new power plant truly carbon neutral, any CO2 produced by the process will be fed back to the algae.

The innovative project will cost the city $264 million and should be operating in two years.

via EcoWorldly via Yahoo! Green

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