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Deriving energy from waste

A multidisciplinary research group at Lehigh is investigating the feasibility of using CO2 from power-plant flue gas, or exhaust, and wastewater from municipal water-treatment plants to grow algae that can be converted into biofuel. Harun Bilirgen, a principal research scientist in Lehigh’s Energy Research Center, is collaborating with Bruce Hargreaves and Donald Morris, professors of earth and environmental sciences, and ERC visiting research scientist Ebru Akkaya, in research that seeks to produce algae sustainably and at a reasonable cost while optimizing the factors that govern its growth. They will also gauge whether algae can be grown more cheaply in engineered photo-bioreactors than in conventional but land-consuming ponds.

U.S. Department of Energy

Professors and scientists convert algae into biofuel.