Inhabitat features a biodegradeable water bottle made from algae, that hints at how we might move to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of plastics and the associated extraction, transport and pollution costs.
Inhabitat features a hybrid solar and biofuel plane that will attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing later this year, which if successful will be the first zero-carbon flight over the Atlantic.
The article states that the plane will be “powered by a combination of solar energy and biofuels produced from microalgae, which was developed specifically for the Eraole. Wing-mounted solar panels will provide 25 percent of the plane’s power, while 55 percent will come from the algae-derived biofuels. For the remaining 20 percent of the time, the plane will simply glide on wind currents.”
FastCoExist reports on the use of algae instead of plastics to build surfboards.
Inhabitat highlights an urban algae farm that can generate as much oxygen as 4 hectares of woodland and over 300 pounds of biomass each day.
Inhabitat covers a UK initiative that will attempt to use algae to turn toxic waste from disused mines into biofuel and raw materials for electronics manufacturing.
According to Inhabitat, “…the researchers hope that the heavy metals extracted during this process can be recycled for use in the electronics industry, while the solid waste left over can be turned into biofuels.”
FastCoExist highlights a temporary algae farm installed next to a highway in Geneva. The abundance of CO2 allows the algae to thrive whilst reducing pollution.