The Algae-to-Biofuel Girls Go to MIT
Holly Jacobson and Tessa Churchill, seniors at Greely
High School in Cumberland, are at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
today, explaining how they would use fast-growing algae to help solve the energy
In a nutshell, the young women may have found a way to produce more biodiesel fuel while consuming fewer organic resources.
The project got its start two years ago when Jacobson and Churchill began examining natural oils stored in fatty acids -- called lipids -- in various forms of marine algae. Recently, they identified a strain of algae that produces more oil for a given mass.
They are at MIT to present their findings to a panel of university judges, who will weigh their project against those of three other teams in the regional finals of the sixth annual Siemens Math, Science & Technology competition.
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