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Hypoxia in the gulf of mexico - an algae bio-fuel production facility

Andreas Amasalidis

Examiner: Christer Malmström
Tutor: David Garcia

The massive fertilization of the United States farmland surrounding the Mississippi river system leads to a huge nutrient runoff into the Mississippi river eventually landing in the Gulf of Mexico. These nutrients cause an extensive algae bloom devastating to the ocean environment. When decomposing, algae consume air which renders the sea bottom totally devoid of air, a state called hypoxia. 

This project develops an idea for a project that could reduce algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico by reducing the impact of nutrient runoff from farmlands. The aim is to collect runoff water from agricultural fields surrounding the Mississippi river and transport it to a facility for treatment. In this facility algae will be produced under controlled circumstances and later refined to be used for bio-fuel. This process works using existing technology of today. 

The program is a mixture of three fields of activity; production, exhibition and research, and the project is a physical manifestation of this. It plays with the organization of separate activities and the potentials of them being combined. Does it yield a more interesting experience for the visitor? Is the rationality of a factory still intact? Can a scientist still produce interesting results? These are questions that are discussed in the project along with the general discussion about the impact of agricultural production and its environmental impacts. 

 

  

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