19 February, 2009

Algae As Stack Scrubbers And Biofuel.

I'm thinking that in the Australian Government's push to have clean power, they are barking up the wrong tree if they think "clean coal" isn't an oxymoron.  Whether you pump up sludged-up dinosaurs or dig up their carbonified remains, you're messing with the balance.  Whether you pump the resulting pollution straight into the atmosphere, or if you "scrub" it first.  Either way, it's not at all clean, and the wastes just keep accumulating.  TANSTAAFL, There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

But if you use the pollution to feed algae along the way, and then use that algae as a supplementary fuel to the coal...  Hmmmm...  I'm just saying, if you have a few acres of shallow algae pools and dry the algae with the otherwise wasted smokestack heat, you might just be onto something...

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