EGEE 439
Alternative Fuels from Biomass Sources

Lesson 10: 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 10 Road Map

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.

Steps for Completing Lesson 10
Step Activity Access/Directions
1 Final Project Rough Draft 10.6


If you have any questions, please send them to All Course Instructors through ANGEL e-mail. I will check daily to respond. If your question is one that is relevant to the entire class, I may respond to the entire class rather than individually.