It sounds like science fiction, but it could turn out to be science fact.
Alltech, a global animal health company based in Nicholasville, Inter-County Energy Cooperative and its power supplier, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, have joined a research project to study using algae to capture the carbon dioxide that is produced when coal is burned to make electricity for homes or businesses.
Instead of releasing power plant emissions into the atmosphere, they can be used as food to grow algae as a source of oils, proteins and carbohydrates, which will soon yield valuable byproducts, such as feed stock for animals and biofuels that will run your car.
Inter-County’s power supplier is conducting an ongoing experiment to explore this idea at its Dale Station generating plant in rural Clark County, in partnership with Alltech.
“Our co-op has formed a partnership with Alltech’s scientific experts to see if algae can be used to capture carbon dioxide so that it can be converted into food,” said Jim Jacobus, president and CEO. “The experiment may be continued later at EKPC’s Spurlock Station in Mason County, as well.”