Algae save the world? McCoy thinks so, and is willing to help prove it

by Susie Applegate
   Can Algae help to save the world from global warming? Harlan McCoy thinks so, and he’s willing to put 1500 acres into production to prove it.
   New technology developed by an M.I.T. scientist, according to McCoy, is capable of cleaning smokestacks from dirty coal-fired power plants, removing up to 40 percent of the carbon dioxide and 86 percent of the nitrous oxide emitted by these plants. An added benefit, he says, is that the process also creates biodiesel fuel and ethonol, environmentally-friendly alternatives to gasoline and petroleum diesel.
   McCoy Agricultural Technologies has discovered that a local variety of algae has the required “high oil density” to be economically feasible.
   So, will Germaine become a major producer of biodiesel? Not initially, says McCoy, “We will be more like a greenhouse, or seeding bed. The actual biodiesel farms will be attached to the stacks of the powerplants in other parts of the country.
   However, he thinks that the technology has other possible adaptations, such as garbage burning plants like the one being proposed in west Wilbur County. While he claims to be adamantly opposed to such a development, Harlan McCoy is philosophical about it. “If it happens,” he said, “it could have it’s good side.”

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