A futuristic system could help you heat your home with every toilet use—flushes that will also feed the algae growing on your building’s roof and walls. If there is any way to make buildings use less energy, we’re going to take it.
Algae was sold as a miracle cure to our fossil fuel addition—oil! produced by nature! But so far it has failed to materialize in large amounts. But new techniques and business models are on the verge of revitalizing the industry. The trick—make money on algae products that aren't petroleum.
Algae eats CO2, and then it makes fuel. Where do we have a lot of CO2? Spewing out of coal power plants. Now OriginOil is working to use those emissions to feed algae and ramp up the biofuels business.