New York City Pilots Wastewater to Butanol
(Algae Industry Magazine) From Sergio Hernandez at the Village Voice comes word that New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection has a new pilot program that will convert algae at a Queens waste-water treatment plant into biofuel for cars, by using an “Algal Turf Scrubber” at the Rockaway Wastewater Treatment Plant to harvest and process algae into butanol.
The algae scrubbing technique, developed in the 1980s by a scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, will cost the city $387,000, officials said. The project is a joint effort between the DEP, the University of Arkansas, and two private environmental firms.
…After two weeks, the algae is dried using powerful vacuums and sent to the University of Arkansas’ chemical engineering department, which converts the dried algae into butanol. READ MORE and MORE (NY1)