SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Green Star Products, Inc. (OTC:GSPI) today announced that it has successfully completed Phase III for winter environmental testing of its hybrid algae production facility in Montana.
The GSPI hybrid algae production system is designed to provide a controlled algae growing environment at an affordable capital and maintenance cost, which has eluded engineers for more than three decades.
The GSPI system endured severe Montana winter conditions, which included many nighttime temperatures below -18º Celsius (0º Fahrenheit) and snowfalls of up to 355 mm (14 inches).
The 40,000 liter demonstration facility is located outdoors and had successfully completed Phase I and II of the project in mid-2007 (see details in press releases dated May 11 and July 9, 2007 at GreenStarUSA.com).
The algae demonstration project was not initially scheduled to continue into the winter months; however, the success of the first two phases of the project provided an opportunity to subject the algae hybrid system to severe Montana winter conditions to gather data never before attempted by any other research organization.
The successful testing and results of the cold weather program provided invaluable data that has increased the efficiency of the environmental control system. For example, as winter approached, a small generator (under 1 kW demand) was added to the system to provide electric power for the water pumping system. The exhaust from the generator (CO2) was fed to the algae (algae eats CO2) and the heat from the exhaust was passed into the algae water, which provides some warmth for the algae.