By 2020 commercial buildings in France will be required to generate more energy than they consume. One company believes photobioreactors that grow algae using wastewater nutrients and create power are the answer to this regulatory demand. Jeremy Josephs reports on results from a pilot project situated in the heart of Paris.
|France’s RT 2020 policy demands that by 2020 commercial buildings will need to process their own wastewater|
OriginOil’s CEO Riggs Eckelberry readily admits that the French legislation has given the joint venture added momentum. „France has a major thermal regulation that it’s requiring builders to meet. To have more energy going out than coming in and to be obliged to clean the sewage water are both clearly major challenges. Algae is the perfect solution to both.“