Donald B. Aulenbach, PhD, P.E.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180
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Abstract: Growth of algae is considered the most efficient method of converting solar energy into organic matter. The biomass produced can be used directly as a solid fuel, or the oil extracted and refined into liquid oil or gasoline. The growth of the algae depends upon the removal of carbon from its environment. Essentially no heat is produced in its growth. Treated wastes from a wastewater treatment plant can provide the needed nutrients for growth, and waste heat from a nearby thermal power plant can be used to maintain the optimum temperature for growth. The waste products are minimal, and the system would have only a minor consequence from a terrorist attack. Some research is needed to optimize a complete system.
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