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Potential process 'hurdles' in the use of macroalgae as feedstock for biofuel production in the British Isles

Potential process 'hurdles' in the use of macroalgae as feedstock for biofuel production in the British Isles

Milledge, John J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0252-6711 and Harvey, Patricia J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7193-4570 (2016) Potential process 'hurdles' in the use of macroalgae as feedstock for biofuel production in the British Isles. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 91 (8). pp. 2221-2234. ISSN 0268-2575 (Print), 1097-4660 (Online) (doi:10.1002/jctb.5003)

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Abstract

This review examines the potential technical and energy balance hurdles in the production of seaweed biofuel, and particular for the MacroBioCrude processing pipeline for the sustainable manufacture of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from seaweed in the UK.

The production of biofuel from seaweed is economically, energetically and technically challenging at scale. Any successful process appears to require both a method of preserving the seaweed for continuous feedstock availability and a method exploiting the entire biomass. Ensiling and gasification offer a potential solution to these two requirements. However there is need for more data particularly at a commercial scale

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited."
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seaweed, Algae, Macroalgae, Biorefining, Biofuel, Bioenergy, Gasification
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 13:34
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15011

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