College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Innovative Features of the Algal Production Systems

  • They are driven primarily by solar energy through ecological engineering design.
  • The primary mechanism of pollution uptake is photosynthesis by a multispecies community of native algae.
  • Because algal production systems rely on photosynthesis, they not only remove pollutants but they add oxygen to the water.
  • They are a very flexible, modular technology that can be designed into available land and water areas where water quality is impaired.
  • Pollutant removal performance is very transparent and easily assessed through analysis of rates of biomass production and the chemical composition of the biomass.
  • They produce a valuable byproduct in terms of algal biomass that can be the basis of green economies.

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