Biodiesel fuel is much
like the diesel fuel derived from petroleum, but this renewable fuel is
produced from oily biomass such as soybeans, as well as from waste oils.
Studies have shown that algae have significantly more oil
content than soybeans and are a promising biomass source for biodiesel.
Biodiesel fuel also can be produced from used cooking oil from restaurants. ODU engineers have built a small reactor to investigate whether the production of biodiesel fuel from the used oil is environmentally sound and economically viable. Read more.
Old Dominion University Algae Biofuel Research
Researchers at Old Dominion University, Virginia
Institute of Marine Science, Hampton University and James Madison University
are exploring fuel production from biomass sources. Old Dominion University has
taken a leading role in the biodiesel studies.
In 2014, an Old Dominion University environmental engineer, Sandeep Kumar, has received a
prestigious, five-year award
from the National Science Foundation's
Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award Program in recognition
of his groundbreaking research in algae biofuels.
will receive five years of financial support totaling $401,315 for his
research into alternative energy and nutrients management. Also, the financial support will help with some of his educational objectives,
including an ODU implementation of the nationwide "K to Gray Energy
Literacy Drive" and the creation of an engineering graduate certificate,
and undergraduate minor, in energy. Read more