Algae yields Cleanup and Energy for Industrial Factories


In an increasingly common occurrence, Industry and Biology blend once again as cement companies in Canada begin to experiment with growing large fields of algae next to their factories.


The algae absorbs much of the factory’s emissions, feeding off the energy and becoming a large swath of nutrient rich potential. The algae can then be dried out using heat from the factory’s industrial waste to create bio-fuel. Pond Biofuels, a Canadian start-up, then hopes to use that fuel to power its fleet of trucks, running out of St Mary’s Cement Inc.

The process is not without its drawbacks. Cement creation still produces industrial waste and the is one of the largest Co2 emitters of any industry. Still the concept is fascinating, as industry learns to harmonize with some of the Earth’s natural restorative processes. 

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