KSU students tackle algae blooms

Kenia Mills reports for WIBW-TV that a team of mechanical engineering seniors at Kansas State University is proposing a solution for a real world problem – the blue-green algae bloom in the northeast corner of Milford Lake. The students recently designed a prototype for their client, Clay County…

Algae-cleaning tech gears up in Florida

Tyler Treadway of TCPalm reports on technology joining the fight in response to the Florida algae blooms. He watches, as water from a boat basin topped with several inches of foul-smelling algae is pumped into the back of a tractor-trailer rig through one pipe, another pipe sending water out from the rig and back into the basin…

Recycling harmful algae blooms into battery electrodes

Lisa Zyga writes for techxplore.com that a few researchers – during last year’s disastrous algae bloom that shut down Toledo’s water system — collected some of the toxic Harmful Algae Bloom (HABs), and have now shown that, by heating them at temperatures of 700-1000 °C in argon gas, the HABs can be converted into…

Getting to the bottom of algae blooms, Part 2

As the summer approaches in North America, so does the increased scientific activity around the Great Lakes in search of answers and solutions to the type of out-of-control cyanobacteria that left 400,000 people in Michigan and Ohio without drinkable tap water for two days last August…