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Methods of energy extraction from microalgal biomass: a review

Methods of energy extraction from microalgal biomass: a review

Milledge, John J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0252-6711 and Heaven, Sonia (2014) Methods of energy extraction from microalgal biomass: a review. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology, 13 (3). pp. 301-320. ISSN 1569-1705 (Print), 1572-9826 (Online) (doi:

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The potential of algal biomass as a source of liquid and gaseous biofuels is a highly topical theme, The process operations for algal biofuel production can be grouped into three areas: growth, harvesting and energy extraction, with a wide range of combinations of unit operations that can form a microalgal biofuel production system, but as yet there is no successful economically viable commercial system producing biofuel. This suggests that there are major technical and engineering difficulties to be resolved before economic algal biofuel production can be achieved. This article briefly reviews the methods by which useful energy may be extracted from microalgae biomass: (a) direct combustion, (b) pyrolysis,(c) gasification, (d) liquefaction, (e) hydrogen production by biochemical processes in certain algae, (f) fuel cells, (g) fermentation to bioethanol, (h) transesterification to biodiesel, (i) anaerobic digestion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: microalgae, bioenergy, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, gasification, liquefaction, biodiesel
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2017 13:57
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None

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