[In61] Algae Farming

AUTHOR: Natalia Andriotis

Carbon Capture 01
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Carbon Capture 02 Hydroponics co2 capture

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Database:
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[064][065][Ag61]
[In62][Pl61]
Prototypes:
[UCS]
Scenario Games: Action Plan:
[AP61]
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ACTORS/AGENTS
Government; Developers; Venture Capitalists; Housing Associations; Homeowners

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DESCRIPTION
The principle is about removing carbon dioxide from the earths’ atmosphere by using algae and turning this into a clean fuel. This type of technology has the potential to benefit the air quality in surrounding areas as well as continuing to producing clean, renewable energy from organic matter. Using photosynthesis, algae absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to produce energy that fuels plant life and releases oxygen in the process. Once the algae matures it can be harvested and subsequently burnt to generate by products such as ethanol and biodiesel.

The intention is to produce environmentally responsible energy in a way that can reduce CO2 emissions. By turning this technology into a cladding system that can adapt and transform according to various typologies, each individual member of society can reduce their carbon footprint while turning their exhaust carbon dioxide into a valuable source of clean, homegrown fuels.

As a general rule of thumb, 2 tonnes of algae remove 1 tonne of CO2. Our current average CO2 emissions are 1.3 tonnes per person per year, living in homes that have been designed according to the current building regulations. In order to offset this amount, we would be required to grow 2.6 tonnes of CO2 each, every year. If we all changed our lifestyle and living situations and lived a ‘Zero Energy’ lifestyle, this figure could be significantly reduced. The amount of CO2 produced by a resident of Bed Zed zero energy housing development in London is 0.002 tonnes per year. This is 0.15% of the amount in current regulations - or 65,000% less!

As we strive to become more energy independent and environmentally proactive, it is imperative that we implement new practices that rely less on fossil fuels and more on cleaner, greener sources of energy.

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RESEARCH AGENDA
How can this type of technology be incorporated as part of a lifestyle?

At what scales could this type of technology work?

Where can this type of technology best be implemented with the least amount of disruption to local communities?