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Algae to energy: Engine performance using raw algal oil

Lookup NU author(s): Panayiotis Tsaousis, Dr Yadong Wang, Professor Tony Roskilly, Dr Gary Caldwell



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Modelling and simulation have vital roles in accelerating research, providing a more effective way to predict processes without the need to perform specific experimental tests. This study investigated the potential of using raw oil from microalgal biomass as a direct substitute fuel in an internal combustion engine. Based on the fuel properties of the algal oil, the performance and emission characteristics of a diesel engine running with this fuel were investigated using the software ┬źDiesel-RK┬╗. The results were compared with croton oil as this provides a useful foundation for comparing this new fuel with other bio-oils and diesel fuels. Algal oil demonstrated lower engine power output and NOx emissions compared to croton oil, whereas at the same time it showed higher break specific fuel consumption, particulate matter and CO2 emissions.

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Author(s): Tsaousis P, Wang Y, Roskilly AP, Caldwell GS

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 6th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2014

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 656-659

Online publication date: 12/01/2015

Date deposited: 13/01/2015

ISSN: 1876-6102

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.11.936

Series Title: Energy Procedia