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NASA and the Louisiana Board of Regents, through the LaSPACE program, awarded UL Lafayette's Energy Institute of Louisiana and the University's College of Engineering a three year, $2.2 million grant last year to develop a biorefinery system. Such a system would create portable water, enable the conversion of carbon dioxide into oxygen, produce gases that could be used to generate electricity, and provide protein that could be used as fuel. 

Dr. Mark Zappi, director of Energy Institute and a professor of chemical engineering, is leading a team of faculty and student researchers who are developing a biorefinery system. 

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