Second generation biofuels: developing environmentally friendly high-efficiency microalgae for biofuel production (2008–2011)

Abstract:
Our overall aim is to develop competitive solar-powered bioreactor systems based on microalgae, that produce oil (for bio-diesel) and hydrogen, from sea water and carbon dioxide. Micro-algae already offer a commercially viable route to produce oil for bio-diesel production. The specific aim of this project is to develop new microalgal cell lines with significantly improved light conversion efficiencies (improving biofuel yield) and high salt tolerance (to replace fresh water with salt water), and the culture conditions for scale-up. These outcomes will markedly advance the development of high-efficiency 2nd generation bio-diesel and bio-hydrogen production systems. '',
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Professorial Research Fellow - GL
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience
  • Professor
    School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    Affiliated Professor
    Centre for Crop Science
    Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Funded by:
Australian Research Council