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The Potential of Coastal Marine Filtration As a Feedstock Source for Biodiesel

Abstract Second-generation biofuel feedstocks are currently grown in land-based systems that use valuable resources like water, electricity and fertilizer. This study investigates the potential of near-shore marine (ocean) seawater filtration as a source of planktonic biomass for biofuel production. Mixed marine organisms in the size range of 20µm to 500µm were isolated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) seawater filtration system during weekly backwash events between the months of April and August, 2011. The quantity of organic material produced was determined by sample combustion and calculation of ash-free dry weights. Qualitative investigation required density gradient separation with the heavy liquid sodium metatungstate fo... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Pierre, Christoph Roger (Author) / Olson, Larry (Advisor) / Sommerfeld, Milton (Committee member) / Brown, Albert (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative energy / Sustainability / Environmental engineering / Biofuel / Filtration / Marine / Microalgae / Transesterification / Zooplankton
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 109 pages
Language English
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Note M.S.Tech Technology 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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