Texas College Adds Class Devoted to Algae and Its Uses (aka Biofuel)
The National Algae Association is teaming up with Lone Star College – Montgomery to conduct research with algae. They are conducting research using a PBR system which basically is an enclosed tube system in which algae is grown.
The cool thing about this partnership, in addition to the standard research that will be taking place, is the fact that they will also be offering a class on algae.
Next spring, Kainer plans to have a greenhouse installed with a second PBR so the college can test whether the weather affects the process. The program also will use a computer system to measure growth rates and pH levels remotely.
The college also added a new general microbiology course (biology 2421) available in the spring that includes in-depth coverage of algae, including an examination of industrial applications and algae oil research.
I think it brings us a lot of attention, Coleman said. Once we really get the PBRs going and producing
itll really put us in the public eye.
The PBR features six 12-inch tubes, each 5 feet tall, that cumulatively hold 400 gallons.
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