Wooden Motorcycle that runs on Algae fuel
Inspiration can come from anywhere and it comes in all shapes and sizes, even something as small and microscopic such as micro-algae. As strange as it may sound, this very tiny and microscopic organism inspired Designer Ritsert Mans and Scientist Peter Mooij to recreate the way we commute.
Micro-algae are a living organism that live in water. Their existence traces back to a time way before even dinosaurs roamed on earth. How is that relevant to us? Most people are unaware that dead algae buried in soil over geological time forms a rich liquid source that we commonly refer to as fossil fuels. And while fossil fuel takes thousands of years to form, the current rate of consumption does not show a very promising sign for the future.
Based on the research conducted by Peter Mooij, the lipid produced by the algae can be used to replace fossil fuels that steered them towards designing a motorbike that runs purely on algae-derived fuel. And the most interesting part: the bike is made from wood.
The frame and the seat of the bike are made from steam-bent birch with hemp fiber reinforced mountings for the two-point headset. The bike also has a single swing arm to the front made of birch and oak. The powerhouse comes in the shape of a 500cc single cylinder fuel engine which gets its “microalgae oil” from a 0.4-liter tank.
The most appealing fact that makes algae a green fuel is that is can be grown in salt water as well as on non-arable land. And while it burns carbon dioxide, it also requires carbon dioxide for photosynthesis making it carbon neutral.
At present, combustion of fossil fuels in transportation contributes close to 20% of the global greenhouse gas emission and the number continues to increase at a rapid speed. The algae fuel does not reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emission but it definitely has the potential to sustain the level until a more prominent and eco-friendly alternative is discovered.
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