It should come as no surprise to regular readers of this site that I’m a diehard fan of algae-based biofuels. However, not everyone who dabbles in applied phycology is as forthcoming as Glen Kertz, CEO and Principal Scientist of Valcent.

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Glen to talk about his Vertigro bioreactor system and the promise that algae brings to the sustainable biofuels table.

We discuss issues related to algal biology and the current state of biofuels production, the merits of symbiotic polycropping over monocropping feedstocks, carbon sequestration, the physics of a vertical-growth system versus traditional pond systems and the big question…can Vertigro scale?

What follows is an exercise in unabashed, unadulterated algae-porn. To be honest, I’ve been daydreaming about pairing Vertigro with Vertical Urban Farms ever since.

Please tell me there’s a venture capitalist out there willing to bring this dream to fruition…

- Curtiss Martin