Company generates electricity from duckweed

Company generates electricity from duckweed

Pacific Domes of Ashland sells BioEnergy Domes capable of generating electricity from duckweed—and then using the exhaust to grow more duckweed.

The system produces a megawatt of electricity for the same price as coal or nuclear energy, much cheaper than wind or solar.

[Developer Rudy] Behrens, who was in the Rogue Valley this past week, said the present technology grew out of ocean energy projects he pursued in the mid-1990s. His technology uses biomass grown inside of automated, climate-controlled greenhouses within geodesic domes.

"[Duckweed is] a little, water-born plant that doubles in mass every 24 hours. The ducks really like it," Behrens said.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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