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Algae is the Holy Grail of Hydrogen Economy 2

OriginOil, a Los Angeles based algae oil technology company, issued a press release stating that they had developed a Hydrogen Harvester that cheaply collects hydrogen molecules given off by algae.

This announcement could prove significant for both the hydrogen and algae fuel sectors.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been looking at various techniques to stimulate hydrogen production in algae. However, up until this point, most of these methods were in some way detrimental to the health of algal cell.

OriginOil's process, on the other hand, does not seem to harm the algae. In fact, their process allows the algae to produce oil, biomass, AND hydrogen simultaneously.

This breakthrough offers the potential to leapfrog both the hydrogen and algae industries forward. With OriginOil being an algae technology company and not an actual algae producer, whatever technology they create will be available to market to the industry as a whole.

Therefore, a discovery like this has the potential to be benefit not just one company, but the entire algae biofuel industry.
Fri July 30 2010 10:09:49 AM by Aathmika hydrogen  |  algae 1534 views

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  • Veronica wrote:
    Fri July 30 2010 12:10:25 PM

    Hydrogen economy or fuel and infrastructre to generate power from hydrogen is a few decades away.

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  • JohnGalt wrote:
    Mon October 11 2010 06:57:00 PM

    hi aathmika! i am very new to this site, and i'm not in any way an academ in this field. However i have a have a question... can this hydrogen producing algae be grown in saline conditions? i.e in sea water...?

    on the other hand, i also represent a group of Hemp Famrers who represent the fledgeling hemp industry in south africa. Our government donated a dissused pinapple reasearch station to the project 10 years ago.... and the buildings have not been used. i would like to turn this facility into a sustainabililty institute of sorts, which helps to educate rural farmers on how to sustain themselves as well as creating rural technology and systems that are built for african conditions.... etc etc etc

    South africa has alot of sun, cheap land, and alot of co2 being produced in the fermintation industries. i myself am in the wine industry and would like to know how one can hook up our cellar to capture the co2 being produced in the yeast fermentation process. would it be viable in the long run to try and do this? thanx

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