Despite the Paris Agreement, carbon emissions continue to increase. Humanity is facing major climate change due to global warming. Algae together with artificial intelligence are the basis of a unique bioreactor that cleans the air of carbon dioxide 400 times faster than trees. This project could be very effective in an emission crisis and deprive carbon cities of entire cities.
Hypergiant Industries, based in Austin, Texas, introduced a prototype called Eos Bioreactor. Its system is based on algae, and like trees, it converts carbon dioxide to oxygen by photosynthesis. Prototype, driven by artificial intelligence, has 63 cubic foot boxes, and one of them can do work for 400 trees, 4 times faster than “green” roof panels developed in England.
The company’s CEO, Ben Lamm, told:
“We believe one of the biggest human challenges of our time is the current crisis with global warming.
As such, we set out to figure out if trees were really the best solution or if there were other effective alternatives. It turns out that algae is actually much more effective than trees at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, and can be used to create carbon negative fuels, plastics, textiles, food, fertilizer and much more.
[Our research led us to utilize] algae and A.I. to create the Eos Bioreactor, a prototype bioreactor that can substantially outperform trees by up to 400 times.”
Emission Crisis Solution
It is assumed that CO2 contributes significantly to global warming. Industries around the world are burning fossil fuels at an increasing rate. A study carried out to assess emissions found that the pharmaceutical industry is more polluting than the automotive industry.
Scientists are taking on this tremendous challenge and are keen to think of solutions to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere as much as possible. However, some proposed solutions are not practical and sufficient to tackle the emission crisis.
A new bioreactor, as Hypergiant hopes, could become part of everyday life and is going to provide its system’s blueprints to design it for appropriate use. It could be built into homes, office and industrial buildings, and others.
“This device is one of our first efforts focused on fixing the planet we are on. We hope to inspire and collaborate with others on a similar mission.” Lamm said.
Two in One
As it turned out, sucking CO2 from the atmosphere is not the only positive feature of the bioreactor.
In addition to oxygen-rich air, as algae consumes CO2, it produces biomass that can be harvested and processed to create fuel, oils, nutrient-rich high-protein food sources, fertilizers, plastics, cosmetics and more.
Let’s cross fingers to the Texas-based startup and its developing.
Source & credit: https://themindunleashed.com/2019/09/bioreactor-swallow-carbon-emissions-400-times-faster-trees.html,https://www.hypergiant.com/green/