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OMEGA Global Initiative
The OMEGA Global Initiative is an attempt to develop new technologies to solve energy problems and environmental problems at the same time. The goal is to build floating algae farms next to wastewater treatment plants where the algae consume the waste, purify the water, and are then turned into oil. The guest is Jonathan Trent, founder and director of the OMEGA Global Initiative. Jonathan is a scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center who has spent most of his career researching microbiology, biochemistry and nanotechnology. He’s also an adjunct professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz and a Fellow at the California Academy of Sciences, and has a Ph.D. In biological oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He emphasizes that even though some of the initial ideas for OMEGA were developed at NASA, the OMEGA Global Initiative is his private project and is not affiliated with or funded by any government agency. To view his TED Talk on OMEGA, click here.

Entire program
Divided into 3 shorter segments
Segment 1
Jonathan Trent gives an overview of the OMEGA Global Initiative
Segment 2
The technological and economic challenges facing OMEGA are discussed
Segment 3
Discussion about how the OMEGA technology could someday be used on long space missions