Algae to Biodiesel


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Algae to Biodiesel

  1. 1. Algae-to-Biodiesel at LSC-Montgomery<br />Let’s grow our own fuel!<br />
  2. 2. U.S. Dependence on Imported Oil<br />A bad problem that is quickly getting worse<br />
  3. 3. Traditional biofuels compete with the food supply & contribute to rising food costs<br />
  4. 4. Even if the food supply wasn’t an issue, there isn’t enough arable land to produce enough fuel to meet the world’s needs<br />
  5. 5. The newest generation of biofuels include using algae, the fastest growing plant (actually a group of ~30,000 known species) known<br />
  6. 6. Algae is a feedstock that can be used to produce various types of fuel, including gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel<br />A bad problem that is quickly getting worse<br />
  7. 7. Millions of dollars are currently being invested in algae-to-biofuels research<br />Exxon-Mobil: $600 Million <br />Bill Gates: $100 Million <br />General Atomics/Department of Defense: $43 Million <br />Solazyme: $76 Million <br />
  8. 8. Algae can be used to clean up wastewater<br />
  9. 9. Algae can be used to reduce greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere<br />
  10. 10. Algae oil and biomass can be converted into an incredibly wide array of products<br />
  11. 11. Growing algae at LSC-M<br />
  12. 12. The National Algae Association is a nonprofit organization seeking to form alliances that will fast track algae commercialization<br />
  13. 13. The National Algae Association recently approached the LSC Biotechnology Institute about housing and operating one of the first commercial scale algae growth and harvesting systems in the United States<br />Harvester<br />Photobioreactor (PBR)<br />Oil Extractor<br />
  14. 14. Harvell Plastics and George Fischer Piping Systems donated several thousands of dollars worth of customized plastics for constructing 3 state-of-the-art PBRs at LSC-Montgomery<br />
  15. 15. Biocentric Energy has agreed to donate a photobioreactor (PBR) of what may be the most cost-effective design yet developed<br />
  16. 16. Yokogawa Corporation of America and Fluid Imaging Technologies have or will be donating/lending >$100,000 worth of instrumentation for monitoring the algae and culture conditions in real time<br />
  17. 17. Student Involvement<br />
  18. 18. Students have been meeting twice a week all semester planning both large- and small-scale algae projects<br />
  19. 19. A group of engineers, piping experts, and others have donated both time and materials in the construction of the first PBR<br />
  20. 20. The job never could have been completed without the MANY hours spent by our students working on this project (1)<br />
  21. 21. The job never could have been completed without the MANY hours spent by our students working on this project (2)<br />
  22. 22. Finished at last!<br />
  23. 23. Finished at last!<br />
  24. 24. Even Dr. Lane was impressed!<br />