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  1. #1 18 Year old Trying to save the world 
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    My name is David I am fresh out of highschool and 18 years old. Since I am caught in the trap of working full time at an online marketing agency I have not yet taken the plunge and started college. I have however been doing everything I possibly can to continue learning outside of school. I joined this forum in hopes that people here could help guide me on my blue green algae project http://yovia.com/blogs/lessononeffic...n-create-food/

    Basically I need to create a sealed container that I can pump CO2 in, and possibly a way to measure the CO2 content in the sealed container.


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    Welcome. You might want to post your question part of your opening post in one of the other subforums. Not everyone bothers to read the Introductions section.

    Good luck with saving the world. Someone has to try.


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    Thanks I just figured this was the first place I should try.
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    Welcome, how do you intend to go about saving it?

    And saving it from what exactly?
    "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe". - Carl Sagan
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    Welcome to the forum and good luck with your project. May I ask why you are looking specifically at blue-green algae? There are existing experimental algae to fuel projects (e.g. Solix in Colorado) that use true algae as opposed to cyanobacteria. What are the benefits of one over the other?

    By the way I wouldn't be discouraged by statements such as your professor's:

    Last year I brought this idea up with a professor of mine and he laughed at me....He said that there was also too much of a risk that the carbon dioxide would vent from a poorly sealed container and simply release back into the atmosphere.
    If the science is sound the engineering issues can be handled.
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    Well I do not actually think I am saving anything, that was simply my way of saying that I understand I am an really nothing more than an ideological child.

    Why don't I want to use a true algae? Quite frankly because I find it to be disgusting. I also have no intention of creating a biodiesal. So if we are picking an algae or in this case a cynabacteria I was picking is solely on its ability to grow and to feed. Spirulina is the highest source of naturally occurring protein known to man. On average it ranges from 60 to 70 percent protein. It has all of these other health benefits, but what really matters is that it is easy to grow, super high in protein, and it can be slipped into breads and feeds.

    I know this is not going to change the world but if I could get a single preexisting spirulina or chlorella farm to start using a system where they are using carbon captured from plants to grow their algae (sorry cynabacteria) then I would be a happy camper. The first step however is figuring out whether or not it would grow faster in a CO2 rich environment, or if it will grow just as fast as it always does.
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