Bilal Bomani: Plant fuels that could power a jet
Bilal Bomani - NASA scientist
Bilal Bomani runs NASA’s Greenlab research facility, where he is developing the next generation of biofuels. Full bio
different definition of it.
are being called green now.
what you are doing for future use
than what is being used today,
natural replenishing resources,
there. I was told to say that.
GRC. That's another metric.
world's water is saltwater.
Combine that with number three.
entity, they don't need another entry.
lives within that one percent.
called Scenedesmus dimorphus.
experimental and computational
the closed photobioreactors.
which I call turn four — it's stagnant.
on our open pond systems.
and our lipid content is higher
however: It's very expensive.
fields you can have our plants —
California or the open ocean.
come up with a single species
world, where there's barren desert.
to be successful: You need seeds,
your GreenLab. You have to use fertilizer.
of our saltwater ecosystems
is nitrogen and phosphorous.
used our climatic adaptation technique
bathroom, the more fertilizer we get,
call the indoor biofuels lab.
different species of halophytes,
that I'll talk about in a minute.
in the lab to prove to you I do work,
all over the place, from Maine
largest or the tallest plant that we have.
biology — combine all three
Delaware Bay — soybean fields gone —
in Delaware? And the answer is yes.
The seeds: biofuels. The rest: cattle feed.
this biomass that we have.
aviation specifics, so on and so forth.
something interesting about Salicornia:
Africa, next to the sea, saltwater,
is a shrimp dish, and it's being pickled.
halophyte, you mix it together,
we have the big three at NASA GRC.
green thinkers, which is significant."
We have a solution for you —
connected to the GreenLab,
NASA's Glenn Research Center,
connected to the GreenLab.
don't work on Saturday —
in yellow. I work on Saturday. (Laughter)
job done, most people know that.
and I think it's going to work.
"What are you doing in that lab?"
About the speaker:Bilal Bomani - NASA scientist
Bilal Bomani runs NASA’s Greenlab research facility, where he is developing the next generation of biofuels.
Why you should listen
As a senior NASA scientist, Bilal Bomani focuses on developing new and truly sustainable biofuels. After receiving two masters degrees from Cleveland State University, he earned his PhD in computer engineering from Case Western University. He currently runs the Greenlab Research Facility in Cleveland, Ohio, where he works on creating biofuels that don’t use freshwater, and meet his definition of green: sustainable, renewable and alternative.
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