Looking Past Petroleum: Growing Biofuel Using Brine from Abandoned Oil Wells

Saturday, November 8, 2014: 11:50 AM
Director’s Row H (Sheraton)
Trisha Dalapati , University of West Georgia
Despite the potential of algal biofuel in replacing petroleum, algae remain expensive to grow. Through inter-industry collaboration, this project proposes to grow salt-tolerant algae in a variety of brines from abandoned oil wells in the southwest United States, an optimal area for algal farms.