Having interests in innovation, technology and also helping the environment in a better way, are some of the things Morris Esformes loves to do as a unique student. He has a website that helps in analysing recent advancements in technology for mainly change in global climate and also how effective these efforts might be in shaping the future generations. Bioreactors are one of those technological advancements that Morris Esformes is very interest in.
Introduction About The Bioreactor
Even though there are many technologies that have surfaced over the last few years, the one technology that caught the eyes of Morris Esformes is the bioreactor. These bioreactors are great for energy production, food production, composting, soil remediation, etcetera. The simplicity and usefulness of bioreactors can even make plastic break down as well – which chemical engineers and environmentalists have been trying to do for many years.
What impressed Morris Esformes is the way, Daniel Burd, who was 16 years old at that time, designed this elegant concept. At a local landfill, Burd started experimenting on the bacteria. With the help of natural selection, he started breeding bacteria – generation after generation – selecting the ones that are best at the job and eliminating the rest. And within a few months, he was able to successfully break down a plastic bag. It is no surprise that Morris Esformes finds this inventor to be brilliant. A future without any such harmful environmental effects of plastic is too much a good opportunity to pass by. Morris Esformes is also loving the minimalistic design as well. Even though the whole world is investing in ways to cope up with climate change, Daniel Burd found the last piece to the puzzle. Bioreactors take advantage of chemical reactions and biological processes that happen in the life of algae. Bioreactors are like a container for microbes that break down all nutrients from sunlight or organic materials. After breaking down, these components can be used for various uses. Some types of bioreactors:
- Soda bottle bioreactor: This bioreactor needs
a soda bottle, which is used to remediate soil and remove all the harmful
chemicals out of it. This process is used in landfills for most countries out there,
or also for home gardeners or urban farmers. Morris Esformes says that algae-based bioreactors create hydrogen
from carbon dioxide and sunlight, which can be used power electric devices.
- Bioreactor from recycled water bottle: This
system will take up a lot of space, still the presentation will be worth it. In
this process, the giant series of algae are doing all the filtration, with the
use of recycled water bottles. This experiment has been greatly supported by Morris Esformes and with his fellow students
at UPenn Wharton School, Morris Esformes
carried it out and studied the effects as well.
An array of photo bioreactor: In this system, bacteria is bio-engineered to produce crude oil and then refine it to form gasoline. Morris Esformes believes that this invention is an amazing step towards the future for creating sustainable fuel via bioreactors. For biodiesel production, new designs are already being created. The process is indeed very cost effective and will provide excellent ROI (Return on Investment) after the initial investment.