|counter culture labs||comrade|
My hypothesis is that nitrogen-fixing Cyanobacteria can be a cost-effective, natural method of carbon sequestration.
The primary obstacle is sufficiently cost-effective bioreactors. Therefore, my ultimate goal is to develop extremely cheap, large scale Cyanobacteria biotech reactors. Hawaiian spirulina cultivation is the cost/yield target to beat.
My initial research program is:
- get to basic Cyanobacteria culturing competency
- have a stable of inoculates that can be used for reactor tests
- reactor tests
- yield - this branch attempts to increase yield without optimising for cost/m^3
- Scale - this branch attempts to make progressively larger reactors
There are a wide variety of interesting further work that will hopefully come from this, mostly around finding useful products for the Cyanobacteria besides just sequestration, like
- fertiliser - might as well extract the fixed nitrogen
- fuel - the fully saturated hydrocarbons of Cyanobacteria phospholipids would make decent biofuel
- plastics - hopefully eventually much of the bioreactor can be made from the cyanos themselves.