The alliance between four leading
research universities in Wales
known as the GW4 is hoping to use algae to harvest precious metals while
producing biofuel at the same time. The GW4 in collaboration with Plymouth
Marine Laboratory, the Coal Authority (a branch of the UK government), and Veolia
(a waste, water, and energy company) is hoping to grow algae in a laboratory
setting off of untreated mine water from the Wheal Jane tin mine in Cornwall, Wales.
This research hopes to discover whether or not algae are able to remove
elements such as arsenic, cadmium, and other metals that can be recycled for
the electronics industry. This sustainable process takes contaminated water and
yields clean water, valuable metals, and fuel. Growing algae off mine water
will allow for a cheaper and more productive method of mine water remediation.
. “Algae Cleans
” December 5, 2014. LaboratoryEquipment.com