Firm eyes Ala. bay to test NASA-developed algae technology

11/15/2012 | (Alabama)

Nevada-based Algae Systems is looking at Alabama's Mobile Bay as a potential pilot-testing area for a process that uses algae to produce biofuels while treating wastewater. Developed at NASA's Ames Research Center, the "algae photo-bioreactor" process requires growing algae in floating, wastewater-filled containers. The system uses wave action and sunlight to "keep the algae solution stirred up," yielding clean water and an "algae solution that they can convert into a jet fuel," said Rob McElroy, general manager of Daphne Utilities in Daphne, Ala.

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