Gallery: 15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System


Thanks to 15 year old Texan Javier Fernández-Han, we feel a little more hopeful about the next generation’s ability to adapt to a world of limited resources. The high school student developed a fully featured algae-powered energy system that combines a dozen new and existing technologies to treat waste, produce methane and bio-oil for fuel, produce food for humans and livestock, sequester greenhouse gases, and produce oxygen. Dubbed the VERSATILE system, the project is this year’s winner of the annual Invent Your World Challenge $20,000 scholarship.

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  1. m.norsham April 29, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Yes, Very good job. We need more youth that can do something and contribute to our earth. Someone that can give the benefits to others. so wonderful to have someone like Fernandez hanz. hopefully there is more youth will become a “generator” to generate something new and interesting..

  2. November 13, 2009 at 5:42 am

    Well done, well done.
    My name is Kiddo Naidoo, From Durban, South Africa. I am amazed with your findings and would like to hear from you on how I can get started in my country and with your help improve the quality of life in Africa.
    Take Care
    Warm regards

  3. cynthia Neilson July 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Excellent work Javier Fernández-Han! Keep it up…Your making a huge difference for our future and generations to come. It is wonderful that you had an idea and were able to demonstrate it to put it into action! Best of luck to you for more wonderful ideas that can come to life.

  4. hikarius June 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I’m a big believer in using Algea both as a way to replace our reliance on foreign oil and as a way to break down waste. It’s nice to see that some of today’s youth are doing something other than sitting in front of the tv playing xbox!

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