Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Green Car Website

A spoonful of sugar already helps the medicine go down, and now it seems that enough sugarcane juice will support the growth of the alga Chlorella protothecoides by heterotrophic fermentation. Hmm, not quite got the same ring to it has it?

Still the impact is just as impressive as researchers at Tsinghua University in China reveal that sugarcane juice is a good feedstock for biodiesel production. In their paper on the study, published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels, they find that heterotrophic fermentation allows algae to accumulate at much higher proportions of oil within less time. This allows for much easier scale-up.

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