Sustainable Algae Bioreactor

Project Leads: Matthew Kozuch

Sponsor: Engineers for a Sustainable World

TGIF Grant: $1,700.00

Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Project Location: Oxford Tract

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: The Sustainable Algae Bioreactor Project  will construct an environmentally-friendly and functioning algae biofuel reactor on the UC Berkeley campus to both promote and encourage the overall implementation of renewable energy to the student body. In the process, this project will produce a workable biofuel to be used in campus fuel systems, or sold and donated to fund future sustainability projects.


  1. Produce a workable biofuel that can be implemented into a wide variety of campus systems.
  2. Educate the student body about this new and upcoming technology, while promoting renewable energy to the campus community.
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Project Updates

1.  Construced steel platform and have purchased other necessary materials
2.  Secured a spot to set up prototype at Oxford Tract
3.  Will be presenting at this year's ESW Conference in Rochester, New York
4.  Designed and completed metal casing
5.  Two tubes on the surface are currently growing algae within the tubes
2015 Poster

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.