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Robert Tulip

Robert Tulip


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Member SinceMay 24, 2013CoLab Points (actual)
CountryAustraliaCoLab Points (max. potential)

I work in the Policy and Sector Division of the Australian Agency for International Development.  I have privately invented a system for large scale ocean based algae biofuel production which requires proof of concept through lab and field trials.  The methods described have strong potential to support global security through sustainable commercial production of energy and food at scale, while also helping to stabilise the global climate through carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. 

In my worked for AusAID since 1989, I have had program and policy management experience across sectors including climate change, agriculture, infrastructure, economic governance, private sector development, mining and financial services.  I have a Master of Arts Honours Degree (Macquarie University 1992) with a thesis on ethics, and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade (ANU/Monash 1999) with focus on economics and international relations. 

The concept described here, using bags of fresh water floating at sea to power an algae PBR, emerged from my AusAID interest in finding new industries for the nation of Papua New Guinea.  I contacted Terry Spragg, inventor of the waterbag, to explore if waterbags could be a feasible method to export drinking water from PNG to Australia.  This led to discussions with a number of Australian governments about domestic use of waterbags.  The priority given to desalination meant these discussions did not lead to piloting the new technology.  In 2007 I joined AusAID’s Forest Carbon Initiative, with responsibility for investigating feasibility of a project in PNG on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation.  My research on forests and climate led me to recognise that algae is a far more rapid way than trees to remove carbon from the atmosphere, if the technical and cost challenges for algae could be solved.  Investigating waterbag technology as a means to make algae technology efficient at scale then provided the basis for development of this proposal.








Large Scale Ocean Based Algae Production SystemJun 15, 2013
Ocean Floor Algae Fabric Production SystemOct 28, 2015
Tidal PumpJun 13, 2015

Proposal Links

Abundant Food, Job Security, and Export Income with Restorative AquacultureAug 12, 2019
The complex protection against storm waves for river mouths and seashoresJul 20, 2018


Emergency 20-year Drawdown of Excess CO2 via Push-Pull Ocean PumpsJun 15, 2013
Managed seaweed forests completely replace fossil fuelsJul 19, 2013
Fiji, then Small Island Ocean Afforestation Initiative, then Indian Ocean, …Jul 22, 2013
Replace the diesel, reuse the engines, waste&seaweed biogasJul 20, 2013
Industrial GHG Reduction, Sustainable Growth and the IMBECS ProtocolAug 29, 2014
Hydroponic Carbon Capture at Source (HCCAS) for EnergySep 3, 2014
Energy Supply: Chemosynthetic Management of the Water/Energy/Nutrient Nexus-WENNJul 10, 2015
China: Chemosynthetic Management of the Water/Energy/Nutrient Nexus (WENN)Jul 10, 2015
Tidal PumpJun 13, 2015


Robert Tulip updated a proposal Ocean Floor Algae Fabric Production SystemOct 28, 2015
Robert Tulip created a Proposal Ocean Floor Algae Fabric Production SystemOct 28, 2015
Robert Tulip voted for proposal Nualgi - Diatom Algae for Sewage TreatmentAug 8, 2015
Robert Tulip voted for proposal Tidal PumpAug 4, 2015
Robert Tulip updated a proposal Tidal PumpJul 14, 2015
Robert Tulip updated a proposal Tidal PumpJul 14, 2015