Here’s my quick concept for a Desalinization Plant and Coal Power Plant combination.
1) Take a coal power plant and plug the smoke stacks into a kelp/algae Tiered Vertical Wafer Farm System.
2) Take a desalinization plant and plug that into the coal power plant and also in the Tiered Vertical Wafer Algae System (TVWAS).
3a) A TVWAS is a building that has different levels. On each level there are thin layers of water pools that are set up to receive the input of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the water. There is a layer of algae and or kelp that uses the CO2 in each pool or wafer to grow and reproduce and basically eat the CO2 as best as the algae can.
3b) There are processes described on Wikipedia that discuss scrubbing the Sulfur and other non CO2 out of the coal so that would need to be done before the CO2 hits the TVWAS.
3c) The TVWAS would get the water it needs for the wafers from the byproduct partially brine water from the Desal Plant.
This is just a rough concept. I’ll add more to this later. There are some problems with it, especially zoning and other things. But I really like to idea of using critters to absorb CO2. Also the algae when it blooms to densely in the wafers could be used for other purposes. Some of those uses could be for adding already made blooms of algae into desert regions of the ocean. I’m not sure if the algae could be used for food, but perhaps it could be used for fertilizer or some other purpose.
UPDATE – April 30th, 2011: There is a new diagram related to this rough concept – CLICK HERE to view.
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