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Capturing Carbon With Giant Algae Ponds in the Middle of the Desert

Brilliant Planet aims to engineer algae blooms to remove emissions, and then sell the service in carbon markets.

Brilliant Planet’s algae carbon capture facility near Akhfennir, Morocco.

Brilliant Planet’s algae carbon capture facility near Akhfennir, Morocco.

Source: Brilliant Planet

In a London laboratory, Raffael Jovine opened a small incubator to check on his seawater creations. Seven flasks of light green liquid sat on a tray beneath a bright light. Inside the lab’s five other incubators, which look like minifridges, there were more flasks kept under different lamps, at different temperatures, with various nutrients piped into the mixture. 

It’s all meant to replicate the conditions 2,000 miles away in a Moroccan desert, by the Atlantic coast, where Jovine’s company, Brilliant Planet, is planning to build giant ponds of algae to rid the world of tons of carbon dioxide.