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Jonathan Trent
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TEDGlobal 2012 Jonathan Trent

What

Not only does Jonathan Trent grow algae for biofuel, he wants to do so by cleansing wastewater and trapping carbon dioxide in the process. And it’s all solar‐powered.

Limits of fossil fuels

possible to produce biofuels..

that can compete with natural resources

but not with agriculture

Why micro biology?

Can bring way more than alternatives

Why offshore?

There is no choice

algae

How does it work?

treated wastewater

wastewater nutrients

co2

oxygen

biofuels/fertilizer

What can we do to see if it's real?

Lab with big sea water tanks to test ideas

impact of the structure in marina evironment

Photo by reactors

built loads of designs

many failed

But one worked

steps, take wastater, trough structure circulate, algae grows of nutruints, they produce oxygen and co2, how to remove co2?, algae settle in the column, We harvest that settle algae, New node

How to build it on huge scale

Economic structure?

not easy now

but we don't have a lot of time

difficult.., but not if it has multiple purposes, market driver, competitive with just doing it for fuels

where are we going to put this?

offshore

San Fran bay example, module of 620 acres = less than 1 percent of it's surface

Integration is key for sustainability

connective engineering

Can this continue within NASA?

Definitely requires people of the outside

Who

Jonathan Trent

Scientist

Biofuel Guru

Bio, NASA

OMEGA project

omega offshore membrane enclosures growing algae