EGEE 439
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

Lesson 9: Algae as a Source for Fuels

Lesson 9: Algae as a Source for Fuels


We spent the last lesson on what biodiesel is and how to make it. In another lesson, we will focus on economics. In this lesson, we will focus on making fuels from algae. Algae are a special type of feedstock; algae are generated on sites with water (fresh or salt), using waste CO2, and can be used to make biodiesel, and other forms of fuels. In Lesson 10, we will explore how algae grow and the types of fuels that can be made from it.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • explain how algae grows and important factors in growth for fuels;
  • describe the use of algae for various fuels, from making biodiesel to gases and alcohols;
  • evaluate the efficacy of using algae for fuels.

Lesson 9 Road Map

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and assignment due dates.


If there is anything in the lesson materials that you would like to comment on or don't quite understand, please post your thoughts and/or questions to our Throughout the Course Questions and Comments discussion forum. The discussion forum will be checked regularly. While you are there, feel free to post responses to your classmates if you are able to help. Regular office hours will be held to provide help for EGEE 439 students.