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A review of seaweed pre-treatment methods for enhanced biofuel production by anaerobic digestion or fermentation

A review of seaweed pre-treatment methods for enhanced biofuel production by anaerobic digestion or fermentation

Maneein, Supattra, Milledge, John J. ORCID: 0000-0003-0252-6711, Nielsen, Birthe V. and Harvey, Patricia J. ORCID: 0000-0001-7193-4570 (2018) A review of seaweed pre-treatment methods for enhanced biofuel production by anaerobic digestion or fermentation. Fermentation, 4 (4):100. pp. 1-31. ISSN 2311-5637 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/fermentation4040100)

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Abstract

Macroalgae represent a potential biomass source for the production of bioethanol or biogas. Their use, however, is limited by several factors including, but not restricted to, their continuous supply for processing, and low biofuel yields. This review examines recent pre-treatment processes that have been used to improve the yields of either biogas or bioethanol from macroalgae. Factors that can influence hydrolysis efficiency and, consequently, biofuel yields, are highly affected by macroalgal composition, including content of salts, heavy metals, and polyphenols, structural make-up, as well as polysaccharide composition and relative content of carbohydrates. Other factors that can influence biofuel yield include the method of storage and preservation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords: macroalgae; bioethanol; biogas; hydrolysis
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 17:14
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/22412

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