02 Jul '11, 3pm

University of Western researchers quadruple algae growth using low-level magnetic fields. A solution for biofuels?

University of Western researchers quadruple algae growth using low-level magnetic fields. A solution for biofuels?

University of Western researchers quadruple algae growth using low-level magnetic fields. A solution for biofuels? My Clean Break column today revisits the importance of producing biofuels from algae, especially in the case of producing renewable fuels for the airline industry, which can’t electrify its fleet like we can with cars and trucks. But I also zoom in on some research conducted at the University of Western Ontario, led by biochemistry professor Wankei Wan . Wan and his team created a tabletop algae pond in their lab — in this case, a raceway pond design — and monitored the growth of a type of algae called Chlorella kessleri under certain light and temperature conditions. They then replicated the setup, only this time they circulated the algae in the pond through an area that was exposed to low-level static magnetic fields. An electromagnet was used in this experi...

Full article: http://www.cleanbreak.ca/2011/07/02/university-of-western...

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