New topic for our December meeting: Algae
Join seasteading enthusiasts from around the world to discuss algae and its many uses.
Once a month, we will host an online discussion on a topic related to seasteading.
Seasteading is living on environmentally restorative floating islands with some degree of political autonomy.
The term comes from homesteading, which means making a home for oneself in new, uninhabited places. It generally has associations with self-sufficiency and a frontier lifestyle. Seasteading is reminiscent of that idea, but at sea.
The topic for our December meeting is: Algae
Our guest speakers will be Elliot Roth, founder of Spira, and former TSI Lead Ambassador Charlie Deist.
Blue-green has amazing properties from its nutritional value to its rapid growth rate, but in an increasing number of places around the country it has entered into an problematic symbiosis with other aquatic plants to create harmful algae blooms. On the bright side, these HABs create an ideal opportunity for new seasteading technology – algae-harvesting robots that produce biofuel while bringing the ecology back into balance. Charlie is working on the west coast prototype – the “manatee” – set to be deployed in the San Francisco Bay Area early next year.
The concept, invented and patented by aerospace engineer Rudy Behrens, has already been prototyped and successfully operated on a farm pond in Pennsylvania for the past 5 years. Now is the time for the next big leap, out of the pond and into larger bodies of water.
As he builds, Charlie and his team are also producing a set of instructions for DIYers who wish to license the technology and build their own fleet of algae biofuel robots.