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Date: 05/05/12 12:04 PM

28 Responses to A Microalgae Lamp

  1. Profile photo of kitteh9lives
    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
    8033 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 7:05 am
    Link: A Microalgae Lamp - A light powered by algae that absorbs CO2 in the air at the rate of 1 ton PER YEAR!
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    kangoala Male 18-29
    702 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm
    I want one.
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    DromEd Male 40-49
    1836 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Nice. Now we can all drive more just to keep the lights on!
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    swiftkeys Male 18-29
    500 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    I can haz?
  5. Profile photo of Jowsh
    Jowsh Male 18-29
    1237 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm
    I`m up for it
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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
    5101 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    Good post, if a bit light on hard facts.
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    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 12:50 pm
    Video editing was horrendous... I dont want to watch a video with superimposed graphics to make it look like I`m using an iphone ffs
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    birdz Female 18-29
    77 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm
    I am disappointed to learn that it`s a lightbulb and not phosphorescence of the algae that glows :C

    The CO2 filtering is good though.
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    andynaylor Male 18-29
    239 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    That`s all well and good but how much carbon per year does it take to create the tubes, power them, maintain them, and eventually dispose of broken parts. It`s ok absorbing 1 ton per year, but you`ve got to take into account the amount of CO2 generated by the creation and use... That and the green light would become irritating after a rather short period of time.
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    pigsnout5 Female 18-29
    546 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm
    OMG! it`s the green lantern!!!
  11. Profile photo of 5Cats
    5Cats Male 50-59
    31770 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    How much does it cost to keep the tank clean? Weekly or whatever, the algae poop has to go somewhere or all the little critters will die!

    Fine idea, still needs work...
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    ggolbez Male 18-29
    1933 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm
    That finger that kept touching the video was annoying.
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    krembill Male 18-29
    1094 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm
    And that is how the microalgae occupation of Earth started, kids...
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    sillysimon Male 18-29
    2 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm
    I must have one of those... O.o
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    turdburglar Male 30-39
    4710 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm
    Looks like a neat idea. hope it works as well as shown. Ya know, just incase the turds from a couple posts ago are wrong about global warming being a myth. But maybe their vast internet knowledge is superior to the collective scientific community, whom says it is real. Also, arent alge plants? If they are....I don`t think plants go poo.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm
    It doesn`t actually reduce CO2 unless the electricity used to power the light is generated by a nuclear reactor.
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    003067 Female 18-29
    150 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm
    That guy is mad smart.
    I hope he doesn`t sell out. Wonder how much one of those will cost...
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    adam432823 Male 30-39
    262 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    It`s drating green. That`s about useless.
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    2L84ME Male 18-29
    208 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm
    Get the light to work in a more natural color and you got a winner. Leave it green and see it go nowhere.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
    14544 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm
    A ton of carbon per year? That means you need to filter and remove a minimum of 2.7 kilos of carbon waste per day. If you figure that the waste is .5% carbon and the rest is water and other minerals bound up in the algae, then that`s 548 kilos per day (1,200lbs/d) that needs to be removed and safely disposed of, and a similar amount of water and minerals that needs to be replaced.

    Maybe that`s why the world isn`t ready?
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15844 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    A ton of carbon per year? That means you need to filter and remove a minimum of 2.7 kilos of carbon waste per day.
    Draculya, the system takes carbon from the atmosphere and converts it to increased mass of the algae which is grown using photonic energy from the light. So it`s basically pond scum and a grow light. The light uses more energy that a regular street light, because some of that energy is diverted to growing the algae, and then the excess algae must be periodically removed, which most likely involves 2 unionized government employees and a bucket truck that runs on diesel fuel. Then they have to figure out where and how to store the dead algae so it doesn`t rot and release that carbon back into the atmosphere.

    Here`s a question for any market mavens out there: if this idea goes public, is it possible to sell short at an IPO?
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    Grumpah Male 50-59
    26 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    Please correct the caption, since the light is not "powered by algae".

    I hope something great come from this technology, but this video looks scam-ish to me.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
    10339 posts
    May 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm
    Carbon Dioxide is naturally occurring, and plants need it.

    Let`s all get some of these, so the trees die, and we no longer have oxygen, because all of a sudden A NATURALLY OCCURRING SUBSTANCE THAT THE WORLD NEEDS IS A POLLUTANT!
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    5Cats Male 50-59
    31770 posts
    May 6, 2012 at 8:27 am
    Also, arent alge plants? If they are....I don`t think plants go poo.
    @turdburglar: Kinda, but they live and die and the dead algae is essentially poo. Everyone who`se made beer or wine at home knows this well!
    I thought the "light" was powered BY the algea somehow... if not then it is an ABSOLUTE WASTE of time and money. Probably stinks too...

    vv When "AGWers" calculate how much carbon is `saved` they don`t actually use that thing called `math` eh? lolz!
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    May 6, 2012 at 9:50 am
    How muchie? I buy.
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    OutWest Male 50-59
    546 posts
    May 6, 2012 at 10:14 am
    Wow... this creates great discussion on both sides.

    Nature can be adapted through genetic engineering to compensate for Man?

    Hmmm.... Unless you are against genetic engineering. Or, unless you like environmental controls for a reason other than to improve our environment?
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    denmarkcm Male 18-29
    341 posts
    May 6, 2012 at 11:56 am
    I am pretty sure that all the algae in the world converts more CO2 into Oxygen than all the trees in the world.. The planet became oxygenate by algae before the first tree even appeared..
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    Theyoyoguy Male 18-29
    462 posts
    May 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm
    Our next problem will be what to do when the algae production spins out of control and too much CO2 is absorbed from the atmosphere. Reverse Global Warming! Dun Dun Dun

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