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Intel Rewards Science Fair Winners – Algae Biofuels Earns Top Prize

Algae Biofuel Science Fair


“Sara Volz, a 17-year-old high school student from Colorado, received top honors and a $100,000 check Tuesday at a science fair for pioneering a technique to dramatically boost oil yields from algae, a crucial step in the economically viable production of biofuel from the plants.

Her technique involves the use of a chemical to artificially select populations of algae cells with high oil content. She did all the work in a makeshift lab under her loft bed in Colorado Springs.”

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Algae Biofuel

Algae BiofuelAn expert in Algae Biofuel explains various methods it is being cultivated and processed for biodiesel and ethanol.

The promise of using algal biofuels as a substitute for petroleum has been bandied about for several decades. During that time, the political and commercial appetite for achieving it has waxed and waned with the price of oil and the demands of national security. But today, calls for oil independence and alternative energy sources have placed renewed focus on algae.

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Algae Biofuel Under Her Bed

Awesome accomplishment Sara!

“I used artificial selection to isolate populations of algae cells with high oil content with the idea that they can make these different cell lines to keep on producing lots of oil,” she explains.

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Volz added a chemical to her algae cells that that would kill all those with low oil production, leaving only the algae that pumps out oil efficiently.

This experiment also sheds light on there being simple ways to cultivate your own Algae Biofuel! Here is a guide to help every step of the way, from small to large scale production!

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Algae Powered Apartments

These apartments in Germany are 100% self powered by algae fueled bio reactors. Algae panels on the building also provide shade and temperature regulation, as the sunnier it is the thicker the algae grows in the panels.

Algae Powered Apartment

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