Project: The Potential for Micro-Algae and other “Micro-Crops” to Produce Sustainable Biofuels

Client: National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

Faculty Advisor: John DeCicco

Student Group Members:

Aaron Assmann, MS Conservation Biology
Amy Braun, MS Environmental Policy & Planning
Siddharth John, MS Sustainable Systems
Antony Lei, Erb ’11
Sean Southard, MS Environmental Policy & Planning

The group predicts potential environmental impacts through the creation of model open system raceway pond and closed system photobioreactor systems that utilize photoautotrophic technology. Results from these systems will provide insight to inputs and outputs of algae biofuel facilities at a commercial scale, while also determining the algae biofuel industry’s financial viability and subsequently pose policy recommendations to guide industry expansion.

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