Coal Flue Gas 3I had an interesting opportunity to meet with a representative of Seambiotic, an Israeli company who has set up shop adjacent to a coal fired power plant outside Tel-Aviv. We met at the Youngstown State University Sustainable Energy Forum in Youngstown, OH a few days ago.
These guys are actually succeeding in producing algae at a pilot / small industrial scale using the off-gas from the coal plant using open raceways to grow their algae.
A few comments from them include:
1) "We chose open ponds because no matter what you do, you'll eventually get contaminants in the system; it's MUCH easier to clean and sweep out a raceway pond than a PBR."
2) "When you look at a wheat field from far away, it looks like pure wheat with no contaminants... problem is, that there are always going to be weeds and other plants that grow that you don't want. The genius of a farmer is that he doesn't just grow his crop, he manages the weeds and pests. We look at ourselves as farmers and we too, manage the weeds and pests."
3)Biofuel is only a very small part of what we do. Food additives and feed are much more lucrative right now and will be the driving factor for years to come.
More interesting concepts and white papers are available on their website at http://www.seambiotic.com