It’s interesting to know, when you’re aboard a plane, that its fuel is derived from algae, and you practically fly on a living creature’s output. Of course, fossil fuels are also based on past living creatures, but the difference is that the fuel from algae is renewable, meaning its carbon emissions can be reused by the same algae, reducing its impact on the atmosphere.
What’s more interesting when you’re in an airplane is knowing that those algae were fed with the CO2 you exhaled when sitting and waiting for the airplane… in the airport!
This idea will soon be put into practice at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, U.K., will be developed by Origo Industries, and it will be called the “Eco-Box”.
The Eco-Box was designed to reduce the vehicles’ CO2 emissions, by capturing them through a photo-bioreactor as a feedstock for algae, producing biomass, which refined, is converted into biodiesel.
The airport has a goal of harnessing 24,000 gallons of fuel from the pilot program, as well as providing heat to the airport. They also want to expand to a 289,000 gallon system after the pilot trial period, providing about 800 gallons of biodiesel every day.
When I’ll fly to the U.K., and pass through John Lennon Airport from Liverpool, I’ll remember breathing consciously, because my flight won’t pollute as much as others.