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CWSF 2013 - Lethbridge, Alberta

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Wendy - Wendy Guo is a 16 year old student from Shanghai, China who currently lives in the Greater Vancouver area. She is actively involved in school as well as in her community, often taking her time to volunteer and plan events as part of Student Council. Her favourite subject is science; specifically health sciences because there is so much to be discovered and so many questions to be asked. Wendy aspires to become a doctor, someone who will give back to the world. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano (with a dual ARCT performer's and teacher's diplomas). She also keeps active with lifeguarding, dance, gymnastics, and other sports. Concerning this project, our world has yet to create a safe, efficient, and sustainable energy source to support our energy needs. Inspiration struck when parents were complaining about the ever-increasing gas prices, which led to an investigation of the alternative energy sources available today. Biofuels, especially cellulosic ethanol, have a great deal of potential since organic wastes may be utilized in the production of clean, sustainable energy. By optimizing specific factors in the biofuel production cycle, a small step has been taken towards alleviating the energy crisis.
Jenny - Jenny Wang is a student from Moscrop Secondary in Burnaby, BC. She enjoys doing many extracurricular activities such as robotics and volunteering. She loves to challenge herself by participating in many competitions such as science fair and business competitions. In the future, she wants to major in science or business at university and hopes to have a great career in those areas. Regarding this project, inspiration came from the fact that many people today complain about the rising gas prices and worry about the future of energy sources. Therefore, thinking about resources running out, it is essential to develop and improve dependable alternative sources to fuel our world. To further extend this project, other types of cellulosic materials could be tested to confirm the data collected. Moreover, different parts of the production process could also be experimented on to create a set of optimized standards. Some advice to give to others would be to be creative and to not give up if it doesn't work the first time. There will always be challenges, but that will just show you what won't work and push you in the right direction. Be determined and you will reach your goal.

Wendy Guo, Jenny Wang

Cellulosic Ethanol: Energy for the Future!
Region:Greater Vancouver
City:Burnaby, BC
School:Moscrop Secondary
Abstract:Cellulosic ethanol is a type of biofuel that has the capacity to sustain our energy needs, by utilizing leftover organic materials. This project tested for the optimal number of days required for cellulosic materials to turn into fuel, with the assistance of enzymes (cellulase and amylase) and distiller's yeast. The results finalize that the optimal amount of ethanol is produced within 5 days of fermentation.