A Microalgae Lamp

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in Science

A light powered by algae that absorbs CO2 in the air at the rate of 1 ton PER YEAR!
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Male 462
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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Male 341
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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Male 546
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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Female 2,549
How muchie? I buy.
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Male 37,697
[quote]Also, arent alge plants? If they are....I don`t think plants go poo.[/quote]
@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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Male 10,339
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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Male 26
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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Male 15,832
[quote]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.[/quote]
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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Male 14,827
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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Male 208
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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Male 262
It`s drating green. That`s about useless.
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Female 150
That guy is mad smart.
I hope he doesn`t sell out. Wonder how much one of those will cost...
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Male 15,832
It doesn`t actually reduce CO2 unless the electricity used to power the light is generated by a nuclear reactor.
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Male 4,893
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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Male 2
I must have one of those... O.o
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Male 1,091
And that is how the microalgae occupation of Earth started, kids...
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Male 1,931
That finger that kept touching the video was annoying.
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Male 37,697
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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Female 546
OMG! it`s the green lantern!!!
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Male 239
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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Female 77
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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Male 2,988
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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Male 5,094
Good post, if a bit light on hard facts.
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Male 1,237
I`m up for it
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Male 500
I can haz?
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Male 2,460
Nice. Now we can all drive more just to keep the lights on!
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Male 702
I want one.
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Female 8,044
Link: A Microalgae Lamp [Rate Link] - A light powered by algae that absorbs CO2 in the air at the rate of 1 ton PER YEAR!
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