Algae to the Rescue?

Ohio researchers intend to use pond scum as pollution fighter, fuel source

Published: 02-Mar-2006

Mention algae and most people think of green gunk growing in ponds. But researcher Dave Bayless says the slimy, overlooked plant could reduce pollution, slow global warming and potentially become a plentiful source of biodiesel fuel.

Bayless, director of the Ohio Coal Research Center and a professor of mechanical engineering at Ohio University, has designed a system that would use blue-green algae to eliminate a substantial portion of the toxic chemicals spewing from industrial smokestacks.

It could be a boon to Ohio’s coal-fired power plants, some of which have been singled out by environmental groups and others as polluters.

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