Indiana University will use algae to reduce power plant emissions

[USA] A $50,000 grant from Duke Energy will fund a project at Indiana University to construct a structure of clear plastic tubes

filled with algae that will convert emissions from the university’s power plant into fertilizer.

Mark Menefee, assistant director of utility services at IU-Bloomington’s Central Heating Plant, and Stephen “Chip” Glaholt, an adjunct instructor and lab director with IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, came up with the concept. Menefee has done research using algae at the power plant before, in which he documented algae absorbing carbon dioxide.

Photo: This clear PVC tubing structure filled with algae and water is part of a project at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy Research. A similar structure will be used at Indiana University’s Central Heating Plant.

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