Powered by pond scum

Lay, Jennie
February 2007
High Country News;2/19/2007, Vol. 39 Issue 3, p6
The article discusses the contribution of pond scums or algae in generating power as invented by Jim Sears, developer of diving equipment for Navy seals in Colorado. Sears has spent several years inventing new equipment such as underwater speech unscrambler and a handheld mine detector of which he learned closely about water and aquaculture. Years later, as he tried to figure out global warming and decreasing oil, he remembered the tiny algae and its energy potential. His discovery was featured in a National Renewable Energy Laboratory report that provides information on the algae-to-biodiesel research. Sears is now one of the few sustainable energy entrepreneurs and reseachers from Colorado who said that algae is the next answer to oil.


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