Faculty Advisor

Weathers, Pamela

Abstract

Biofuels derived from algae can provide a source of renewable fuel and facilitate the break from fossil fuel dependency. Algae produce triacylglycerols (TAGs), which can be cost effectively converted into biofuel. Light intensity and temperature affect growth and oil production of algae. Ettlia oleoabundans, an algal species that produces >50% of its weight as TAGs, grew and produced oils at 15 and 25 176C and light intensities under 200 μmol m-2 sec-1, conditions common to New England. Optimizing growth conditions will help in the development of efficient and economical biofuel production.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

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Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

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