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Imagine a future in which a clean, renewable biofuel powers our lives. No open land is consumed. No destructive emissions are released into the atmosphere. Jon Spencer (04F) does. And the key, he says, is algae. Spencer's Div III project, Algae photobioreactors: Waste to Energy with Scenedesmus dimorphus, explores the use of homegrown algae as a biofuel.
"I've tried to design an efficient and inexpensive system to allow the expansion and commercialization of algal biofuel technology," says Spencer. He began researching algal biofuels after taking a sustainability seminar during his third year at Hampshire.