On The Radio: Iowa company uses CO2 to create beneficial algae

BioProcess Algae Biofarmer inspects a crop prior to harvest. (BioProcess Algae)
A BioProcess Algae Biofarmer inspects a crop prior to harvest in 2013. (BioProcess Algae)
September 21, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at BioProcess Algae, an Iowa based-company utilizing carbon dioxide to create an algae that can be used as a fuel source. 

Transcript: Bioprocess Algae

An Iowa-based company is using a unique technology to reduce carbon pollution.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

While Iowa’s sustainable energy industry is looking to reduce carbon emissions, BioProcess Algae in Shenandoah is using CO2 to create oxygen-producing algae. This form of carbon sequestration – harnessing existing carbon dioxide for commercial and environmental uses, keeping it out of the atmosphere – uses advanced bioreactors to combine light and CO2. The result is “crops” of algae that can be used in fuels and animal feed.

Algae are rich in oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins, making them ideal for livestock and even human consumption. But BioProcess believes algae products could one day replace gasoline – citing that petroleum developed in large part from algae that grew millions of years ago.

BioProcess recently moved from its staring point in Rhode Island to Shenandoah to be closer its primary CO2 source, a corn-fueled ethanol plant. That means that a portion of the ethanol plant’s CO2 waste is being prevented from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming.

For more information about algae, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.



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