twittertopbarlinks_eventstopbarlinks_requesttopbarlinks_archives
NCMA Algae Tips
Click here for more information about Liqofluxphenometrics515R1
Visit cricatalyst.com!Commercial Algae Professionals

Innovations

Student idea for growing algae in space to produce oxygen

April 19, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Will Blackler, Cranfield Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc student

Will Blackler, Cranfield Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc student

Will Blackler, an Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc student at Cranfield University in England, outlined a system where algae could provide astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) with oxygen. He submitted his idea to the Airbus annual National Student Space Competition last month and won £200.

“As well as algae being low mass, a source of oil and protein, and easy to maintain, it creates very little waste product which would save astronauts taking lots of extra equipment with them to the International Space Station,” he said. “I developed the idea over a month, and definitely didn’t expect to come this far. It’s a privilege to have won the competition.”

Algae are fast growing, which means an initial small supply could last for months. And given that plants are a well-known source of oxygen, Will suggested that green materials such as algae could be harvested for oxygen. Currently, the ISS relies on oxygen supplies from earth, which are generated through water. In fact, half of the oxygen used in the ISS is simply reclaimed from carbon dioxide.

The idea is in its initial stages and Will is in the process of analyzing key challenges of introducing algae as the sole source of oxygen in the ISS.

Read More

More Like This…

HOME A.I.M. Archives

Copyright ©2010-2016 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
With their new CO₂ processing-platform called AstaCos, AlgaeBiotech can produce waxy particles of only 50-100 µm in size with a loading of 25% astaxanthin oleoresin. The ...
Fort Myers, FL-based Algenol, and India's Reliance Industries Ltd., have deployed India’s first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located nea...
Nutritionaloutlook.com this month gives a well-rounded survey of how algae’s uses in food, beverage, and supplements keep expanding. Here is an excerpt: Thanks to the 201...
K. S. Rajgopal writes in thehindu.com about a new study that demonstrates how macroalgal biomass from Gelidiella acerosa and Gracilaria dura collected from Adri and Verav...
SciDev.Net’s South Asia desk reports that Indian scientists working on producing biofuel from algae cultured in municipal wastewater are enthused by the findings of a rec...
Natacha Tatu writes in Worldcrunch about a 72-year old French chef who has taken on the challenge of bringing spirulina to the malnourished youth of the Central Africa. F...
MicroBio Engineering, Inc. has announced a new line of 100 and 1,000 liter Algae Raceways™, building on the success of their popular 0.5 m2 (5.5 ft2) and 3.5 m2 (40 ft2),...
With large-scale production at low cost a future possibility, many corporations in Japan are beginning to jump on the algae fuel bandwagon. Heavy industry giant IHI Corp....
The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund, located in College Park, Maryland, has invested $150,000 into Manta Biofuel LLC, a company that produces crude oil from algae at a c...
Bloomberg reports that ANA Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest airline, plans to use a Euglena Co. biofuel made from algae. ANA will use a mix of about 10 percent of the algae...
Jennifer Grebow writes in Nutritional Outlook that astaxanthin supplier AstaReal, of Burlington, NJ, one of the founding members of the Natural Algae Astaxanthin Associat...
The Green Friendship Bridge series examines a simple question: “What makes better sense, extending the border wall with Mexico 1,300 miles or taking 13 miles of fence inv...