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There are algae we don’t want. And algae we do. A pilot algae farm now operates near Wooster (pictured) and CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, is one of the project’s partners. Studies at the farm should give us new, specific details on the system’s costs, biofuel yields, evaporation rates (including an innovative material that cuts them), and sustainability. Of note: Some of the carbon dioxide released by the farm’s coal-burning greenhouse heat source gets reused. It gets pumped back into the water, which helps the algae grow. Also: Residue left after processing the algae for biofuel also gets reused. It feeds an anaerobic digester that in turn generates energy too.
OARDC hosts a talk today (8/24) by Washington State’s Norm Lewis, who is Regents’ Professor and director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry. He’ll present “Facing Societal Needs Now and in the Future: Greening a Better World” at 11:30 a.m. in Wooster. Free and open to the public. Also viewable in Columbus by video link. Read a story about Lewis’s research on developing new biofuels, “Natural Solutions to the Energy Crisis,” here.
Meanwhile, Ohio State scientist Allison Snow, in a story carried by UPI on Monday (8/20), sounds a cautionary note about the possible future genetic engineering of algae. She holds an adjunct appointment in our college.
The official “Ford Racing” compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel gauge (upper right corner; click it to see it larger) in OARDC’s newly converted CNG Ford Fusion. The car will run mainly on renewable, locally produced, biogas-derived CNG. And at legal, non-racing speeds, we should add. Check out our two previous posts, here and here, for details.
Here’s a look in the trunk of OARDC’s new Ford Fusion, which has been converted to run on compressed natural gas, or CNG (most of this will be renewable, biogas-derived CNG). The added CNG tank (black with yellow stripes) can be seen here. It cuts down a lot on the truck space. But there’s still enough room for a couple of average-size suitcases. Also visible is the CNG filling port, which is the small black circle and blue label (“CNG only”) in the lower left.
OARDC has taken delivery of its first Ford Fusion converted to run on compressed natural gas, or CNG. It’s one of four CNG vehicles that will be joining the center’s fleet as part of a Clean Fuels Ohio-funded demonstration project — the idea being that most of the CNG used in these vehicles will be renewable, biogas-derived CNG produced by quasar energy group in OARDC’s BioHio Research Park.