Biodiesel algal bioreactors as educational projects: Engineering factors and a case study of estimation

Alvin Post, Qiang Hu, Milton Sommerfeld

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Abstract

Two experimental closed-system bioreactors that produce algae for biodiesel are described, along with a discussion of the basic requirements for algae growth. The reactors were built by students and faculty, and are producing algae in support of research grants. For one of the reactors, detailed cost and scheduling data was collected, allowing careful comparison with initial estimates. The case provides a useful example that illustrates the inaccuracies of textbook estimating techniques, in some circumstances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2007
Event114th Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition, 2007 - Honolulu, HI, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2007Jun 27 2007

Other

Other114th Annual ASEE Conference and Exposition, 2007
CountryUnited States
CityHonolulu, HI
Period6/24/076/27/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Post, A., Hu, Q., & Sommerfeld, M. (2007). Biodiesel algal bioreactors as educational projects: Engineering factors and a case study of estimation. In ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings