Researcher uses algae to clean Chesapeake Bay, develop biofuels

10/17/2011 |

A researcher at the University of Maryland has helped develop a system that uses algae to absorb pollutants from Chesapeake Bay and generate biofuels from the resulting algal biomass. Patrick Kangas hopes to one day scale up his "algal turf scrubber" technology, which is mostly self-sufficient. "We are really anxious to scale up the technology and realistically hope to operate at the acre scale next summer, hopefully with hundreds of acres within 10 years," Kangas added.

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