Taiwan has introduced legislation to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2050 as a result of research institutes being more active in developing novel technologies. Microalgae are the most efficient carbon dioxide sequesters on earth and utilize photosynthesis. Due to their fast growth rate, minimal land area requirements, and can be cultured in seawater, various countries have put forth a significant amount of effort to develop carbon sequestration technologies for microalgae. Led by Professor Jo-Shu Chang (Department of Chemical Engineering), the largest microalgae cultivation demonstration facility uses waste gas from a factory and wastewater from fish farms to cultivate the microalgae and to develop microalgae carbon reduction technology. 1kg of microalgae can consume 2kg of carbon dioxide, thus constituting a novel weapon though which Taiwan can enter the era of carbon reduction. After carbon sequestration, this method transforms the microalgae into health food and animal feed nutrition additives, with high economic value, thus converting waste gas into gold.
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