...it might also be worthwhile to integrate non-traditional, renewable, and clean energy systems, such as bird-friendly wind turbines, building integrated photovoltaics (BHPV) and even solar street lighting with integrated wind turbines to demonstrate how these small scale systems can be easily integrated into a project like the “Repurposing of the GE Taylor Street Plant” project.
As much organic waste from the vertical farms operations is considered biomass, another rapid growing organic organism is algae, which can absorb more CO2 than most plants and in a shorter time. In fact one kilogram of microalgae can capture nearly 1.83 kg of CO2 and can yield up to a hundred times their yield weight per year than food crops. Some algae can even have two harvest seasons in one day. The most important product from algae is biodiesel and the biomass can be processed into healthy food, animal feed, biogas and fertilizer. The CO2 concentration in the flue gas from the power plant is about 10% to 20%, otherwise the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is around 380 ppm. In order to capture the CO2 from the flue gas, the microalgae species used in the capture process must grow efficiently under the condition of the high CO2 concentration. Algae is a prime crop to bring the final C02 levels in the Taylor Street Project vertical farms to a zero level balance.