Using Algae to Capture Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Isolating a native algal strain to mitigate carbon dioxide in power plant flue gas emissions
Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS) have been working together for over 7 years to implement the State’s Innovative Technology Fund. While the main focus of the fund is to reduce non-point source nutrients and sediment, one particular project also resulted in the ability to mitigate carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulfur dioxide. With an initial $100,000 grant, HY-TEK Bio worked with Dr. Chen from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to isolate a native single strain of algae, now called HY-TEK Bio Strain #1. This strain can grow rapidly in high concentrations of carbon dioxide and under wide ranges of pH, as well as withstand wide temperature variations, allowing the algae to consume the carbon dioxide in flue gas. The department provided additional grants to help HY-TEK Bio start its demonstration-scale project at Baltimore’s Back River Waste Water Treatment Plant to mitigate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from a 3MW methane-fired power plant attached to the wastewater treatment plant.
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
The Innovative Technology Fund, a partnership between Maryland DNR, the University of Maryland and the Environmental Protection Agency, is continuing to accelerate Bay restoration through the development of new technologies. At the 2007 Chesapeake Bay Program Executive Council (EC) meeting, the State of Maryland and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to promote investments in technologies that could accelerate Bay restoration efforts.
The Innovative Technology Fund is made possible through funding from Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the University of Maryland’s Industrial Partnership (MIPS) and the Mtech Ventures Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Program (Mtech). Additional technical assistance is provided by Maryland DNR and the Chesapeake & Coastal Service.
“The Department of Natural Resource’s investment demonstrates credible endorsement for job creation and economic development through environmental entrepreneurship.”
– Michael Furbish, Furbish Company
A number of projects have been supported under the Innovative Technology Fund:
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“Company could remove algae blooms from the Bay and convert them into crude oil”
Effectiveness of artificial floating wetlands to be measured
If you are a business or researcher interested in applying for assistance, want to learn more about the Innovative Technology Fund, or if you have questions about previously funded projects, please contact Sarah Lane with the Chesapeake & Coastal Services or call 410-260-8788.
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401