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Commercialization potential of microalgae for bio fuels production

Singh, J and Gu, S (2010) Commercialization potential of microalgae for bio fuels production Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14 (9, Dec). pp. 2596-2610.

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Microalgae feedstocks are gaining interest in the present day energy scenario due to their fast growth potential coupled with relatively high lipid, carbohydrate and nutrients contents. All of these properties render them an excellent source for biofuels such as biodiesel, bioethanol and biomethane; as well as a number of other valuable pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. The present review is a critical appraisal of the commercialization potential of microalgae biofuels. The available literature on various aspects of microalgae, e.g. its cultivation, life cycle assessment, and conceptualization of an algal biorefinery, has been scanned and a critical analysis has been presented. A critical evaluation of the available information suggests that the economic viability of the process in terms of minimizing the operational and maintenance cost along with maximization of oil-rich microalgae production is the key factor, for successful commercialization of microalgae-based fuels.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Singh, J
Date : 30 June 2010
DOI : 10.1016/j.rser.2010.06.014
Uncontrolled Keywords : Microalgae, Biofuel, Biorefinery, Biodiesel, Bioethanol, Biomethane
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:51
Last Modified : 25 Jan 2020 00:27

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