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Australian coal plant to go the algal way to cut down pollution

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MBD Energy has idealized itself for all the coal plants around the world. How? The answer is simple but unique. It has chosen the biological way to fight the serious chemical problem of the air, i.e. growing levels of carbon dioxide. The plant, together with OriginOil, has announced an exemplary installation of an algal system at its coal power station in Tarong on 24th May. The Tarong power station would serve as a test site for a subsequent larger set-up, which is to measure as much as 80 hectares. The present site understandably measures only one hectare.

Under the current scenario, the Tarong power station is expected to process up to a whopping 300 gallons of algal biomass. This is seemingly a huge capacity and its achievement would pave way for the greater adoption of the facility. However, now the question is how the entire process will work?

The system is supposed to capture the emitted gas using a carbon capture storing device that would contain microalgae. The carbon dioxide would fuel the algal growth and consequently, an algal biomass would be produced. Simply put, algae being plankton, utilizes carbon dioxide which is the key to its sustenance and growth. The carbon dioxide that would be emitted by the burning of coal would be trapped in a storage device. The algae inside the device would use it for its growth.

This project has been a result of endless planning and collaboration between the two companies. The partnership is now a few years old and the idea has gained grounds during the Christmas month the last year. It was actually in December that MBD Energy had declared its plans to do away with the carbon dioxide by adopting a two step process of CO2 trapping and assimilation, formulated by OriginOil.

Once successful, this large-scale CO2 to Energy Synthesizer Installation project can be undertaken on a mass scale elsewhere in the world. It is a fresh project with a fresh idea behind it. After all, large scale adoption of such measures would mean that temperatures might go down a bit in summers in the years to come.

Via: CNet

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