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Algal Blooms find a Market

Some effort can change misfortune to a profitable venture.We have heard differently abled people achieving great things against all odds, well the Chinese have found a gold mine in those horrible algal blooms.
Those algal blooms that have blotted waterscapes around China and almost sabotaged the 2008 Olympics may soon have a useful purpose -- fibers for high-tech fabrics.
A Chinese company is aiming to mass produce the fabrics that could be used in protective clothing worn by firefighters and medical personnel as early as next year, a company spokesperson said Friday.
A factory has been built in Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, with a designed annual production capacity of 1,000 tonnes of fiber made from alginate, a chemical salt extracted from algae.
Mon August 16 2010 07:40:35 AM by Aathmika algal blooms  |  china  |  alginate  |  fiber 1180 views
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