Radiation Loving Algae Comes to Japan’s Rescue
“Radiation Loving Algae Comes to Japan’s Rescue. Government Grants are Financing Research into Using Algae Harvesting Technology as a New Approach to Radiation Remediation.”
Article by David Worthington. November 2012.
- Riggs Eckelberry, president and CEO of California-based start-up OriginOil. Eckelberry said the company, which makes solutions for renewable energy and treating wastewater, was selected by the Research Institute of Tsukuba Bio-tech to build up to 100 algae production sites in Japan via government financing.
- Radiation rapidly diluted in the ocean, but is a nettlesome problem on the land because rainwater will re-contaminate fields even after topsoil has already been cleared.
- If OriginOil’s proof of concept proves successful, algae could become an effective remediation approach.
- Eckelberry noted that Japan is willing to spend whatever it takes to eliminate the radiation threat.