Event Title

Challenges of Scenedesmus Cultivation for Biofuels

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

Start Date

13-2-2016 8:00 AM

End Date

13-2-2016 12:30 PM

Description

The process of lipid extraction from Scenedesmus calls for a sizeable amount of algae. In order to reach the extraction stage, aquaculture must first be used to grow and harvest usable algae. Through inoculation of starter bottles from a single vial of 10 mL along with consistent effort and time to continue the growth process, the end results are algal columns of sizeable means (70 litres). The current challenges of column scale-up include, but are not limited to, the presence of cyanobacteria and rotifers, which delay progress and are being further investigated in order to remove further hindrances.

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Faculty Mentor: Sandeep Kumar

Civil Engineering

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Challenges of Scenedesmus Cultivation for Biofuels

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northwest Atrium

The process of lipid extraction from Scenedesmus calls for a sizeable amount of algae. In order to reach the extraction stage, aquaculture must first be used to grow and harvest usable algae. Through inoculation of starter bottles from a single vial of 10 mL along with consistent effort and time to continue the growth process, the end results are algal columns of sizeable means (70 litres). The current challenges of column scale-up include, but are not limited to, the presence of cyanobacteria and rotifers, which delay progress and are being further investigated in order to remove further hindrances.