There have been many attempts in finding alternative, more environmentally safe, ways to produce ethanol and biodiesel. Different algae strains have been used and studied. Spirulina and Selenastrum were used in this experiment to produce ethanol and biodiesel respectively. Alcohol conversion was conducted by first fermenting Spirulina followed by simple and fractional distillation. Fermentation converts the carbohydrates into the resulting alcohol. Distillation purifies the alcohol, lowering the density as more water is removed from the product. Analysis of the resulting product was then gathered by determining density of the product. For biodiesel production, KOH and methanol were mixed to produce methoxide ion, converting Selenastrum into a biofuel. Several ways to lyse the cell wall were explored
James, Brett; Rubin, Josh; and Knight, Tim, "Conversion to Ethanol and Biodiesel from Microalgae" (2016). Scholars Day. 19.