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Fix for algae? Teens’ invention shows promise

September 24, 2019
By Michael Olohan


Five North Jersey teens invented and patented the “N-Buster,” short for nitrogen buster, to help prevent algal blooms in freshwater sources. The invention comes at a time when several of New Jersey’s largest freshwater lakes and ponds were closed for the summer due to harmful algal blooms caused by nutrient-rich stormwater runoff.

The teens invented a device that converts nitrogen found in water into nitrogen gas, which is safely released into the air and is not transmitted to other water bodies. By releasing the nitrogen, the device reduces a key ingredient that might otherwise help to trigger an algal bloom. | READ MORE