Jerusalem: An Israeli firm has developed an environment-friendly technology to produce commercial fuel from seaweed.
According to Seambiotic Ltd, the technology allows the industrial cultivation of seaweed through the use of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
Instead of allowing carbon dioxide, one of the main contributors to global warming, to escape into the atmosphere, the gas passes through a filtration process and enters a pool where it feeds microscopic seaweed.
The seaweed is then used to produce fuel, the firm said.
The scientists who developed the technology said it is possible to produce a litre of fuel for every five kilograms of seaweed, daily Ha’aretz reported.
The company last week filed a technology patent in the US, the report said.
The technology was developed in the experimental farm set up by Seambiotic Ltd three years ago in the compound of the Ashkelon power plant, with the support of the Israel Electric Corporation.
The seaweed pools are situated several hundred metres from the power plant smokestacks and are filled with sea water that is used to cool the plant’s turbines.
Though seaweed is found only in small concentrations in the Mediterranean, carbon dioxide allows it to grow in the pools at a concentration of one million times more, the report said.