Phycofeeds tackles fossil fuel consumption and waste pollution by using concentrated solar power to convert waste biomass into biofuels and fertiliser. This reduces production costs and improves commercial viability in a sustainable way.
What critical problem is Phycofeeds addressing?
Current methods of managing biowaste involve incineration which produces toxic fumes, or composting. Composting biomass produces unwanted gasses such as methane when it breaks down, and although it can be captured in some systems it usually escapes and contributes to global warming. Plastics are occasionally recycled but are often incinerated, dumped in landfill or into the ocean causing ecosystem damage.
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UN Sustainable Development Goal addressed:
How do you provide a solution to this problem?
Phycofeeds helps reduce agricultural and municipal waste by using it to produce sustainable fuels and feeds. Waste that would otherwise go to landfill or emit toxic gas is processed cheaply and quickly into greener by-products. The resulting crude oil is carbon neutral and provides a valuable fuel for current technology, biochar is a useful soil remediation agent for undernourished soils, but the main output can create a sustainable and zero carbon nutrient for bacteria, yeast and algal biomass, creating a circular economy for waste. Reaching the high temperature and pressure required for the Phycofeeds process requires a lot of energy, but optimising concentrated solar power technology allows the process to be off-grid, clean and cheaply utilised.