Kansas University Researcher Fuels New Use of Wastewater
(Associated Press/FuelFix) A University of Kansas researcher wants wastewater to be less so by using it to manufacture biofuel.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that assistant professor Belinda Sturm grows algae in nitrogen- and phosphorus-laden Lawrence wastewater that ordinarily is discharged into the Kansas River after it’s treated.
The resulting algae and water mixture is refined to a slurry, and then processed to capture lipids — an oily compound like soybean oil — for the manufacturing of biofuel.
For her work, Sturm won this year’s Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award from the Academy of Environmental Engineers, which recognizes university research with a holistic perspective, proven performance, contribution to quality of life and economic efficiency. READ MORE and MORE (CJOnline) and MORE (Algae Industry Magazine)