This is very exciting! BioEnergy Domes use aquatic PLANTS to create energy, completely independent of the energy grid. Co2 is captured and fed back to the plants, as is waste water, creating a "truly sustainable energy" system.
Date: 10/25/2010 10:13:10 PM ( 31 mon ) ... viewed 3044 times
From the Pacific Dome website: http://www.bioenergydomes.com
How it Works:
Specific aquatic plants, high in oil content, will be grown and harvested in a Pacific Domes Greenhouse dome utilizing wind power, generated by the aerodynamic dome, as an auxiliary power source. The plants will grow in multileveled trays that are harvested on a continuous basis. Drying equipment will continuously prepare the fast growing plants for combustion, utilizing the heat from the generator. After combustion, the emissions are cycled back into the water and fed to the plants.
BioEnergy Domes require minimal operational needs. The equipment is low maintenance, requiring supervision once a week. During winter and summer months, the temperature needs of the plants may require passive heating and cooling with inexpensive air systems built into the ground during construction.
The process will involve an advanced power system with zero emissions, zero noise and minimal maintenance. After the oil is combusted and turned into kilowatt energy, the by-product "ash", mostly potash plus some micro-nutrients, becomes fertilizer and is cycled back into the water to enhance the plant growth. The remaining biomass will be pressed into pellets creating "green coal", a zero emission fuel. The pellets can be used for fertilizer or can become fodder, if fresh water is used in the system instead of waste water.
This patented system is adaptable according to your energy needs. We currently offer a one family unit, a ten family unit and a 100 family unit. Custom size units are available.
A 60ft. dome will optimally generate 4000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day while treating 5000 gallons of waste water, adequate to maintain a village of 100 to 200 homes, depending on usage. It earns its construction cost in 8 to 9 months. This system is more cost effective than coal or nuclear for initial set up and long-term maintenance, while remaining completely sustainable.
Rudy Behrens, "Best Renewable Energy Award" winner and aerospace engineer specializing in biospheres, in conjunction with Rutgers University of NJ, has tested the generator and all related systems successfully. They have also tested the "green coal" and have deemed it a zero-emission fuel. It burns extremely clean, with some CO2 and water vapor, which are recycled back into the dome and utilized by the plants. The State of NJ standards are the strictest in the US.
For more information: http://www.bioenergydomes.com
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