Biofuels are traditionally thought of as direct substitutes to our modern, combustible fuels. The Biofuels Project at the University at Buffalo has taken a different perspective, looking to create a biological solar panel.
The team is specifically refining a fourth generation biofuel, which produces energy without destroying biomass. The system uses the algae Chlamondius Rienhardi to produce hydrogen gas using only simple salts and sunlight. Chlaymydomonas Rienhardi can produce hydrogen gas in a oxygen and sulfur-deprived environment. Therefore, the team performs sulfur and oxygen deprivation during experiments.
Currently, the team is focused on building a fully functioning prototype.
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