Document Type


Publication Date


Journal/Book Title/Conference

USU Student Showcase; Logan, Utah; 2012

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License

Faculty Mentor

Ronald Sims

Exhibition Venue

Utah State University Student Showcase

Funding Agency

USTAR, USU Biofuels Center


Biofuels from algae are a promising source of alternative energy. One algae species, Neochloris oleoabundans, shows potential for successful biodiesel production, where biodiesel is produced from the neutral lipid content of the algae. Algal neutral lipid content may be influenced and increased by changes in the surrounding environment. One possible way to influence lipid synthesis is through the growth medium. Two published growth mediums were compared using photobioreactors. Two experimental runs were performed with each medium: 1) continuous light and 2) 12 hour on, 12 hour off light cycle. In addition to medium composition, the effect of light cycle on kinetics and energy content was investigated.



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