WHY CURACAO

Curaçao is an amazing Caribbean island with a lot of industrial potential. Additionally, Curacao includes a number of unique factors making it an ideal and cost-efficient location for the production of algal biofuels.

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Caribbean Climate

Curaçao has a Caribbean climate with high light intensities throughout the year, which is ideal for cultivating algae. Tourism is very important for the island and benefits from clean seawater, coral and beaches. The island’s geology resembles desert-like countries consisting of a lot of dry land that can’t be used for agriculture. Additionally, Curaçao has the great advantage to it as it is one of the few Caribbean islands that doesn’t suffer from annual hurricanes.

 

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Caribbean Climate

Curaçao has a Caribbean climate with high light intensities throughout the year, which is ideal for cultivating algae. Tourism is very important for the island and benefits from clean seawater, coral and beaches. The island’s geology resembles desert-like countries consisting of a lot of dry land that can’t be used for agriculture. Additionally, Curaçao has the great advantage to it as it is one of the few Caribbean islands that doesn’t suffer from annual hurricanes.

 

Wastewater treatment

Curaçao has a major problem with their surplus of wastewater. Approximately 300,000 liters of wastewater is dumped along the coast of Curaçao every day, resulting in enormous damage to the surrounding coral reefs. By collecting this wastewater and using it as a cost-efficient culture medium and nutrient source for the algae, the water is not only recycled but also treated by the algae at the same time!

©XL Caitlin Seaview Survey

©XL Caitlin Seaview Survey

Wastewater treatment

Curaçao has a major problem with their surplus of wastewater. Approximately 300,000 liters of wastewater is dumped along the coast of Curaçao every day, resulting in enormous damage to the surrounding coral reefs. By collecting this wastewater and using it as a cost-efficient culture medium and nutrient source for the algae, the water is not only recycled but also treated by the algae at the same time!

©XL Caitlin Seaview Survey

©XL Caitlin Seaview Survey

©GreenTown Curaçao

©GreenTown Curaçao

The Isla oil refinery

Curaçao emits enormous amounts of CO2, making it the second highest CO2 emitter in the world*. This is largely caused by the local oil refinery ISLA. Algae need a lot of CO2 to grow, as we humans need oxygen. For this the more CO2 concentration, the faster the growth is applicable. By linking the high CO2 concentration of exhaust gases from the Isla to the algae culture, the algae will grow more quickly. At the same time, the algae will filter the Isla exhaust gases, which results in lower CO2 emissions but also improves the living conditions of the local population downwind of the refinery. Ultimately, creating an algae production plant will replace the Isla plant and reuse it to produce a cleaner form of fuel, where there will also be employment for current Isla workers with similar jobs, as comparable knowledge and steps are required.

*Source: Global carbon Atlas: Territoral CO2 emission 2017: 39 tCO2/persoon bij een populatie van 160.539.

©GreenTown Curaçao

©GreenTown Curaçao

The Isla oil refinery

Curaçao emits enormous amounts of CO2, making it the second highest CO2 emitter in the world*. This is largely caused by the local oil refinery ISLA. Algae need a lot of CO2 to grow, as we humans need oxygen. For this the more CO2 concentration, the faster the growth is applicable. By linking the high CO2 concentration of exhaust gases from the Isla to the algae culture, the algae will grow more quickly. At the same time, the algae will filter the Isla exhaust gases, which results in lower CO2 emissions but also improves the living conditions of the local population downwind of the refinery. Ultimately, creating an algae production plant will replace the Isla plant and reuse it to produce a cleaner form of fuel, where there will also be employment for current Isla workers with similar jobs, as comparable knowledge and steps are required.

*Source: Global carbon Atlas: Territoral CO2 emission 2017: 39 tCO2/persoon bij een populatie van 160.539.

Personal motivation & vision

In addition, the founder and CEO Avila Lindgren grew up on Curacao with her entrepreneurial family. She is therefore not only strongly motivated to work on the world’s climate issue but just as motivated to contribute to the developments and society of Curaçao. Avila has an MSc academic background in Biological Sciences and work experience at Shell. With her CaribAlgae initiative, she has recently been selected as the most Sustainable Engineer of the year (2018). Through her network and knowledge of the island as well as her vision to help Curaçao with lowering their CO2 emissions, wastewater treatment problems, and protect the local coral reefs; She offers a realistic solution with her organization CaribAlgae!

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Personal motivation & vision

In addition, the founder and CEO Avila Lindgren grew up on Curacao with her entrepreneurial family. She is therefore not only strongly motivated to work on the world’s climate issue but just as motivated to contribute to the developments and society of Curaçao. Avila has an MSc academic background in Biological Sciences and work experience at Shell. With her CaribAlgae initiative, she has recently been selected as the most Sustainable Engineer of the year (2018). Through her network and knowledge of the island as well as her vision to help Curaçao with lowering their CO2 emissions, wastewater treatment problems, and protect the local coral reefs; She offers a realistic solution with her organization CaribAlgae!

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