A prototype of an algae bioreactor with the capability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere will soon be implemented throughout cities. This machine can absorb as much as an acre of trees could. Since the growth of algae is much faster than trees these can also sequester carbon more quickly. According to the estimates, the machine could remove two tons of air each year.
“What’s amazing about algae is it’s really cheap and it’s easy to grow—the core things it needs are sunlight, CO2, and water,” says Ben Lamm, CEO, and founder of Hypergiant Industries, an AI-focused tech company that developed a prototype of the device, called the Eos Bioreactor A German company has been powering its entire building with the help of algae. The company Hypergiant usually creates AI tech for companies that work in the field of aviation, space exploration and defense. “As an emerging tech company that’s working in the field of AI and robotics and all of these super interesting things, we have not just an opportunity, but we have a responsibility to make some of our R&D lab time focused on the some of the biggest challenges,” Lamm says. The current version is seven foot tall, connected to an HVAC system reduces CO2 level inside and release cleaner air. The closed system will be helpful to see how the algae grow, analyze the speed of oxygen output and also see how the machine works under different climatic conditions.
“With the first generation Eos, we have precise control of every aspect of the algae’s environment and life cycle,” he says. “It’s a photobioreactor, but it’s also an experimentation platform. We’ll be using this platform to better understand the environment that best suits biomass production under controlled circumstances so that we can better understand how to design reactors for the variety of environmental conditions we’re going to encounter in the wild.”
The company aims to show the world how algae could be used to save the planet from pollution and reduce global warming
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