The use of non-renewable energy resources , by greenhouse gas emissions lead to environmental problems and also put great strains on countries’ budgets.
As we sought an alternative energy source, renewable, sustainable and one that will outrun fossil fuels our research led us to biofuels.
Finally, we made use of bioethanol which is a renewable and sustainable green energy source that could be obtained from agricultural waste.
We investigated ways to improve bioethanol production since it's a non-toxic, biodegradable and cost friendly alternative to fossil fuels being about 20-30% more efficient and its carbon footprint being far smaller.
Doing so, we came across different bioenergy generations; first, second and third. We focused on second generation; energy from lignocellulosic biomass given that it's the most abundant, renewable and thus sustainable.
In the light of our research, we developed a second generation bioethanol production system aiming to decrease the economic and environmental consequences of energy production. Our system will increase the efficiency of ethanol production, ultimately its sustainability using the ethanologenic E.coli strain KO11 and two genes; FucO and GSH.Project Description Demonstration
Since collaborating is an essential part of iGEM, encouraging teams to overcome problems, we have interacted with various teams from all around the world. To see what we’ve achieved together, please proceed to the collaborations page.
Since science is a collective effort, one can never pursue great things alone and without taking help from people who are experts in the specific subjects. Not to mention the nature of iGEM projects requiring us to be well-rounded, it's fair to say it's next to impossible to do it alone. See the people and their contributions to our project on the page attributions.
Beyond the lab, we were there to be a part of the society. During the making of our project, we benefited from the public idea as much as we benefited from any protocol or article. We strove to integrate what we have learned from others to our project in order to make the best use of Bio-E, since we wanted the whole world to make use of our fermentation process in the future. You can see our human practices on the Human Practices and Education and Engagement pages.
Contrary to popular belief, iGEM is much more than what meets the eye. It means to be conscious, it means to have a community, it means entrepreneurship. Just like all the iGEM teams, our experience leads us to learn that science is truly a collective endeavor. Here is our interactions with peers, experts, and the public.