An outside look at Touchstone Research Lab’s new algae farm. In the foreground, partly hidden by the fence (looking mostly white due to the liners), are two of the algae-growing raceways. Similar raceways are in the greenhouses. Details here, here, and here.
Archive for July, 2012
Paddlewheels churn, water circulates (in foot-deep, oval “raceways”), and sunshine fuels countless millions of tiny photosynthesizing organisms (all of the uniquely suited species Nannochloropsis salina) in a greenhouse at Touchstone Research Laboratory’s experimental algae farm at Cedar Lane Farms near Wooster in northeast Ohio. The facility hosted an open house this past Wednesday. Algae produced here will be turned into biofuel. OARDC is a partner on the project. More here and here.
Ohio State President Gordon Gee released comments today on the drought.
OSU Extension is providing farmers, gardeners, and other Ohioans with science-based details on managing the drought.
There’s nothing sustainable, of course, about drought-killed plants. Here’s a fact sheet from OSU Extension, the outreach arm of our college, on how to improve drought resistance in your home landscape, including 124 recommended trees, shrubs, and perennials. Much of Ohio is experiencing moderate or severe drought conditions.
“Super-sized mechanical gut.” By the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Michelle Jarboe McFee in her story about quasar energy group’s new ice cream-eating, electricity-producing anaerobic digester.
A new electricity- and biogas-producing anaerobic digester has come online. It’s in an abandoned GM plant in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood; will take in, among other things, leftover Pierre’s (based in Cleveland) ice cream; and is the result of a new partnership between Forest City Enterprises and quasar energy group, the latter of which runs a similar digester in our BioHio Research Park in Wooster.