A micronation has to function autonomously.The Algipowa project turns algae into methane and clean waste water.
Algipowa is a competitive solution for producing renewable energy and sewage treatment via a phytoplankton farming system within leisure boat harbors. This approach, both environmental and social, adds value to these marinas in symbiosis with the urban structures to which they are connected.
Moreover, different stakeholders are involved through this project. The port and the city make their commitment toward sustainable development clear. Boat owners are interested in the implementation of the system by offering them a reduction in rental costs proportional to the number of square meters of circuit that they host on their boats. City dwellers, pupils and tourists understand this new way to product energy visiting the installation.
A main algae circuit is integrated into the existing docks. Within this circuit, the plankton grows in a closed waste water environment with sewage treatment as a secondary effect of its development. A control facility regulates the flow and the general functioning of the system.
Each of the binding posts on the docks is integrated in the main circuit and feeds a complementary one in the form of extra hoses rolled up into flat coils, laid down horizontally on the decks of the moored boats. The binding posts serve as stands for the coils while the boats are at sea and also as centralisation points for access to drinkable water and electricity.
This system is coupled to a biogas plant which produces methane from the harvested algae.
7000m2 can produce, profitably, the energy necessary to supply 800 households and at the same time clean sewage for 1000 inhabitants.