Campus Spotlight

campus spotlight photo

Feb. 18, 2011
Photo by A. Sue Weisler

“Algae—as a renewable feedstock—grow a lot quicker than crops of corn or soybeans,” says Eric Lannan, right, who is working on his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. “It’s a more continuous source that could offset 50 percent of our total gas use for equipment that uses diesel.” Lannan and Jeff Lodge, left, associate professor of biological sciences, are developing biodiesel from microalgae grown in wastewater. They’ve moved their research out of the lab and to Environmental Energy Technologies Inc. on Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road, where they’ve scaled up production from 30 to 100 gallons, with Lannan’s thesis advisor Ali Ogut, professor of mechanical engineering and president and CTO of EET.

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