taps hydrogen generated by living algae
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a technology
to transform algae into a competitor to petroleum, announced
a new invention that generates hydrogen from living algae, providing
an additional energy source from bioreactors.
The new Hydrogen Harvester™ uses little or no external energy
inputs, requires no sulfur deprivation or other “stressing” of
the algae, and no genetic modification. The process employs viable,
high growth rate, high oil content algae strains.
“One of the primary challenges for algae production is to achieve
the best-possible energy balance,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil
CEO. “By harvesting hydrogen from algae we are able to increase
the energy output of virtually any algae production system. The
result is a photosynthetic technology platform that yields energy
in the form of oil, biomass, and hydrogen.”
Recovering hydrogen provides the necessary ingredients for electricity
generation using fuel cells. The energy can be used to offset
the electricity requirements of algae cultivation, harvesting
and downstream processing.
The Hydrogen Harvester will be integrated into OriginOil’s existing
portfolio of algae growth technologies, including the recently
announced MultiReactor™. It will also be available as an add-on
to other industry growth systems.
Hydrogen has often been called the perfect fuel. Its major reserve
on earth (water) is inexhaustible, meaning that we will never
run out of hydrogen. Hydrogen, if produced cleanly, efficiently
and affordably from renewable resources, is the ultimate green
energy solution: It produces no air pollutants or greenhouse
gases when used in fuel cells and the only pollutants generated
when burned in internal combustion engines are nitrogen oxides