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Posted Thu Jun 25 2009: from Inhabitat:
15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System
The high school student developed a fully featured algae-powered energy system that combines a dozen new and existing technologies to treat waste, produce methane and bio-oil for fuel, produce food for humans and livestock, sequester greenhouse gases, and produce oxygen. Dubbed the VERSATILE system, the project is this year's winner of the annual Invent Your World Challenge $20,000 scholarship.... According to Fernandez-Han, the modular system is targeted at developing countries that need self-contained sources of power and waste disposal. The budding inventor envisions African villages lit up by the Playpump's LEDs, with excess methane to sell for income, reduced air pollution -- thanks to methane burning stoves, and increased affordability of goats, pigs, and fish due to the availability of algae as feed. A scaled-down version of the system for a small house or apartment could cost as little as $200.
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