Researchers in the chemical engineering
department at Ariel University and the Samaria and Jordan Rift Research and
Development Center are growing microalgae in wastewater treatment plants as
generators for green transportation oil substitutes.
Led by Dr. Marina
Nisnevitch and Dr. Yaakov Anker, the research focuses on developing the
microalgae in treated wastewater and then employing their biomass to produce
While biofuel can be produced from many crops such as corn and
soybeans, such alternatives can contribute to the depletion of global food
sources; whereas, generating the fuel from microalgae does not do so, according
to the university.
Microalgae has a rapid growth rate and contain a larger
energy content than terrestrial crops. The growth method, according to
Nisnevitch, is inexpensive and efficient, and can contribute to reducing
Israel¹s dependence on conventional oil.