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Florida non-profit looks to clean up algae with new technology

Posted at 5:55 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 05:55:14-04

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - Marine Cleanup Initiative Inc. is a non-profit organization working on solutions to clean up the algae across the state of Florida, and is on new technology that can turn the algae into synthetic fuel.

It's called the Algae Remediation Robot Project. The group uses a robot, a pontoon watercraft, to collect the algae then turn it into synthetic fuel.

The group also says the robot would pump oxygen back into the water. Captain Dyana Voss with the non-profit said the project is a win-win since algae is a renewable resource. 

"Making them, they'll be a part of our lives to keep our water clean....and change our lives in the environment," Voss said.

Voss pitched the Algae Remediation Robot Project to seven counties throughout Florida that are in a state of emergency right now, including Lee, Glades and Hendry counties.

Dozens of vendors are applying to help clean up all the algae blooms throughout the state.

The group is working on the funding to bring multiple robots to Florida to start trial runs in Lake Okeechobee.