This Algae Bioreactor Can Swallow as Much Carbon as an Acre of Trees

By: | November 11th, 2019

Considering the climate change and its aftereffects, scientists are working on finding the ways to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and capture carbon.

Thanks to the US Company Hypergiant Industries, for developing a new algae bioreactor that can suck as much carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as roughly an acre of trees.

Scientists used AI systems to make its newly-announced Eos Bioreactor prototype that uses algae to capture and process carbon from the atmosphere.

Company plans to install these bioreactors in urban environments where it will help in capturing and sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, and will also generate clean bio-fuels.

Algae is “considered one of nature’s most efficient machines”

Eos Bioreactor is a 63-cubic foot box that is filled with algae. Algae are better at sequestering carbon than trees. In this reactor, specific strain of algae called chlorella vulgaris, is used. Reactor is composed of a tube system with a water tank in which algae lives. System is pumped full of air and is exposed to artificial light. This way plant receives the food it needs to thrive and produce biofuels for harvesting.

Company claims the device is so efficient that it takes in as much carbon as 400 trees

Hypergiant CEO Ben Lamm said, “This device is one of our first efforts focused on fixing the planet we are on,” “We hope to inspire and collaborate with others on a similar mission.”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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