Collaborative Project Tests Photobioreactor
Biology and Environmental Science students David Stoesz, David Graber, Menan Assefa, and Aradhana Roberts are helping test a new way to “grow” energy. Working with Stan Grove and Ryan Sensenig of the Biological Sciences Department, the students are testing a Photobioreactor built by Dave Slagel of Formco Inc.
Dave Slagel, owner and CEO of Formco Inc. of Elkhart, and his staff have constructed a first model photobioreactor that seeks to increase the energy efficiency of producing algal biomass in comparison to currently available photobioreactors. It is anticipated that this equipment will be able to efficiently produce algal biomass for extraction of oils for biofuel production or other desirable products.
This collaborative project is actively seeking outside funding to support a more intensive testing effort. For more information or to volunteer as an assistant please contact Stan Grove (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ryan Sensenig (email@example.com, 535-7489).