Cellulosic-Derived Biofuels Program in Kentucky - Part 2
EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIV RICHMOND CENTER FOR RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE FUEL TECHNOLOGIES
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A systematic and comprehensive approach was developed to provide the necessary foundation to initiate a commercial biofuels industry in central Kentucky. The overall concept was to utilize locally produced biomass to provide an energy source to grow algae in a heterotrophic environment. The heterotrophic algae could then be harvested and intercellular lipids could be extracted for conversion to bio-based diesel and jet fuels. This is a continuation and expansion of the foundation work provided in Contract SP4701-09-C-0038 Cellulosic-Derived Biofuels Program in Kentucky submitted to the Defense Logistics Agency in September, 2012 Addendum 1. A schematic of the process of going from biomass to bio-derived renewable fuel is described in Figure 1.